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Imbokodo is a Zulu word that means “rock.” It comes from the resistance song of South Africa’s 1956 Women’s March, “Wathint’ Abafazi, Wathint’ Imbokodo!” meaning, “You Strike the Woman, You Strike the Rock!”

Invest in women's

empowerment today.

The Donna Katzin Imbokodo Donor Circle provides members with an opportunity for hands-on community activism and collective strategic philanthropy.

About The Donna Katzin Imbokodo Donor Circle

The Donna Katzin Imbokodo Donor Circle mobilizes funding and support for empowering Black women entrepreneurs to scale and grow their businesses serving disenfranchised communities in Southern Africa, which are vital for achieving full economic progress in the region. By bringing together a diverse group of women leaders and allies who support, champion, and invest in Black women entrepreneurs, the Donor Circle fosters the network of support these entrepreneurs need to build healthy communities and drive sustainable impact in Southern Africa and creates a community connection among our beneficiaries in Southern Africa and the US philanthropic community.

The Donor Circle is comprised of highly committed philanthropists focused on learning from leading economic development experts, social impact and faith-based leaders, and each other to build the capacity and pipeline of Black women entrepreneurs in Southern Africa.

Benefits of Joining:

  • Active involvement with a diverse group of women committed to making a positive impact through support for women entrepreneurs from vulnerable communities in Southern Africa.

  • Build relationships with philanthropic, entrepreneurial, and key stakeholder groups.

  • Learn from peers and experts about how to address racial and economic justice challenges in Southern Africa.

  • Encourage the current and next generation of future philanthropists and the women we serve.

  • Support Shared Interest as a change-making organization with strategic and high-impact contributions.



​Women and Allies 35 and Up

​Women and Allies Under 35

By joining today, you enable an immediate response – focusing on economic resilience – to the unmet needs of women entrepreneurs in Southern Africa. You will be part of a community that uses the collective power of women and allies who are learning, giving, and leading together to build positive change while mentoring the next generation of philanthropists. The Donor Circle develops trust-based and participatory philanthropy that prioritizes the needs of affected communities and allows donors to maximize the impact of their giving.

If you have questions about joining The Donna Katzin Imbokodo Donor Circle, please contact:


Shukura Shears at

EmpowHERed: Rights, Respect and Resiliency

















This conversation highlighted the critical importance of investing in and supporting Black women-owned businesses in Southern Africa. The program featured an inspiring panel of women leaders who discussed the theme of Rights, Respect, and Resiliency in economically empowering women-owned businesses in Southern Africa that are critical to advancing an inclusive COVID-19 post-economic recovery agenda for Black women and the disenfranchised communities they serve.


Panelists included:

  • Ann McMikel  - Shared Interest's Executive Director

  • Donna Katzin - Founder and Former Executive Director of Shared Interest

  • Marion Bergman - Retired Board-Certified Pulmonologist, Philanthropist, Mentor, Advocate for Women and Rural Health, and a seed funder and longtime supporter of Shared Interest

  • Joyce Masi - Shared Interest's Program Consultant and Managing Director of Kweza Holdings Limited (KHL) in Malawi 

Become a part of the donor community &
invest in women's empowerment today.

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