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Beyond Wordz                                                

Fundraising & Communications Consulting

Bringing People, Ideas, and Resources Together
to Fuel Social Change

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Our Mission

Beyond Wordz raises funds for Black-led movements. We are a Black woman-owned full service fundraising and communications firm. We curate events, raise funds, and tell the stories of Black-led movements that impact racial equity. Our model is asset-based instead of deficit based. We prioritize a collaborative approach instead of a competitive approach to fundraising. Finally, our work is rooted in Black history and traditions.

Our Story


Johane Alexis-Phanor

Beyond Wordz

Creative. Storyteller. Problem Solver

When I founded Beyond Wordz with the help of The Fairmount Innovation Lab, I spent a significant amount of time thinking about what sets Beyond Wordz apart from other consulting firms. The answer is that this business can not be separated from the social change it hopes to impact

I was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and at the age of seven moved to Boston, Massachusetts where I grew up. I graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Sociology and soon found myself in various non-profit communications and fundraising roles. During my time in the field of community development, I began to recognize that 3 of the pillars for social change in Black communities are entrepreneurship, ownership, and collective wealth building. Beyond Wordz addresses all three. It supports entrepreneurship and ownership by providing high quality services that take Black-led organizations to the next level. It also promotes collective wealth building as it strives to create a network of Black women who will partner and do business with one another. 

Consulting Partner

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Markila Witherspoon

Artist. Strategist. Visual Storyteller

Equity is integrated into every part of our work which is why we partner with other independent Black female consultants in various fields to help meet the organizational development needs of our clients.

With over a decade of experience, Markila Witherspoon Designs specializes in helping clients develop their own authentic brand. Their areas of expertise include brand identity development, graphic design, and web design services.

In 2022, Markila was a featured artist at Art Basel Miami Beach where she helped develop a virtual reality experience in partnership with Howard University, Nova State University, and the Chadwick Boseman Foundation. Markila has worked in various industries including the non-profit, energy, automotive, fashion, finance, and healthcare sectors.

Sample of Our Clients

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$3,980,000 Raised for Black-Led Movements!

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