We Buildin'!

2023 Year In Review

This was a year of powering possibilities. We built foundations and made progress on our promise to boost a billion lives. Journey with me through the Kwanzaverse as I reflect on our wins for 2023.

Year In Review

Hey Love,

You know what's better than living large? Quite simply, it's living SUPERCHARGED®. That means building success and bringing others along. 2023 was a year of building foundations and shattering glass ceilings. We reached for the stars and made much progress.

We built bridges, connections, networks, hope, companies, partnerships, progress, and so much more. And we did it in the most action-inspiring, human-boosting, world-improving way. We did it the SUPERCHARGED way!

This may be the end of 2023, but it's just the beginning. The foundation has been set. In 2024 we will continue to improve on the promise of boosting a billion lives because we buildin'!

Who loves you? I do.

Bye for now.

Kwanza Jones Signature
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    January

    A Fresh Start With New Energy

    • The SUPERCHARGED® building was demolished to make space for a new one.
    • The new building will be an inclusive space where we can collaborate, connect, and have important conversations as a community.

    Demo Day

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    February

    A Catalyst For Hope

    • José and I made a donation to World Central Kitchen in response to the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria.
    • World Central Kitchen partners with locals to provide food for victims. Through their approach, they offer comfort, purpose, and hope to the people.

    nsoro foundation fund raising

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    March

    Building A Safe And Equitable Future

    An Interview With The Hype Magazine

    • Had an interview with The Hype Magazine where I discussed my music and how I use it to motivate, empower, and inspire.

    The Fight Against Gun Violence

    • Made an impact investment with Brady, a nonpartisan organization that takes a comprehensive approach to ending gun violence. It's our obligation to create a safer world for our children… our future.

    TIME Magazine's 2023 Women Of The Year

    • Attended TIME Magazine’s second annual Women of the Year Gala on International Women’s Day. I felt boosted being in a room full of women who share my vision to lead us all toward a more equitable world and create real IMPACT.

    Community Events In March

    • My Teamily volunteered at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and built three playhouses that were donated to families within the community. 
    • I also allocated funds to Habitat LA's Home Preservation Program which partners with low-income homeowners to provide critical maintenance and repair to preserve their homes. This donation will support 20 families with their home preservation projects as well as support and revitalize the neighborhoods where these homes are situated.
    • I hosted the first Kwanza Jones Boost Friends™ Community event of 2023 with Anita Ortiz, founder of LAinclusionista®. We explored the importance of DEIB, focusing on women and our collective power to make change.

    Kwanza Jones' team at the LA food bank

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    April

    Making Impact. Can't Stop. Won't Stop.

    Partnered With Kaszek

    • José and I invested in Kaszek, a venture capital firm that partners with exceptional entrepreneurs to build lasting, high-impact technology-based companies whose main focus is Latin America.

    Wrote An Op-Ed With WRRAP

    • Sylvia Ghazarian, Executive Director of WRRAP, and I co-authored an article supporting reproductive justice in Gloria Steinem's Ms. Magazine.

    2023 Impact Award From SoLa Impact

    • I was recognized as the 2023 Social Impact Honoree by SoLa Impact at their 2nd Annual Sneaker Ball Gala and Fundraiser.
    • The sneaker ball was held in support of the non-profit affiliate SoLa I CAN Foundation. We gave a gift of $50,000 in addition to a $10,000 matching grant that the organization used to raise an additional $43,000.

    Social Impact Award Winner

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    May

    Building For A Better Tomorrow

    2023 Impact Award From The Independent School Alliance

    • José and I were honored with the 2023 Impact Award from The Independent School Alliance. Their mission is to empower children of exceptional talent and potential from racially underrepresented and economically underserved communities in order to transform independent schools and society.

    Princeton Hall Dedication

    • José and I welcomed friends and family from across the country to join us in celebrating the dedication of the Kwanza Jones and José E. Feliciano Halls at our alma mater. These are the dormitories that were built after our $20 million donation to Princeton in 2019.

    New Music Release

    • I released a new song titled, "We Buildin’ (Reggaeton Mix)," inspired by the dedication of the new dormitories at Princeton. The song is a new mix based on my original track titled, “We Buildin’,” which celebrates the power of collective action.

    Kwanza Jones hall dedication at Princeton University

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    June

    Empowering Lives & Boosting Organizations

    Elevated Organizations Through Boost Grants 

    Apollo Theater Spring Benefit 2023

    Apollo Spring Benefit 2023

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    July

    Accelerating Equity In Business & Sports

    • We invested in Monarch Collective, an investment fund exclusively focused on investing in women’s sports. Through their work, they are accelerating equity in global sport. I’m excited about what comes next as we continue to build an equitable future for all.

    Monarch Collective

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    August

    Giving Back & Boosting Up

    Responded To Multiple Wildfires In Hawaii

    • Made a donation to Maui United Way in response to the multiple wildfires spreading across Hawaii. 

    Community Events In August

    • The Kwanza Jones Boost Friends Community also hosted an exclusive event with Dana Coleman, the Executive Director at Independent School Alliance. There, she shared her wisdom and experience on how diversity in education enhances lives and communities. 
    • Our SUPERCHARGED audio team, in collaboration with the Kwanza Jones Boost Friends Community, produced a fun-filled and impactful virtual event exclusively for nsoro scholars and alumni. Together, they talked about owning your power and how believing in yourself can take you to new heights.

    Supercharge your summer

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    September

    Making Statements & Progress

    Partnered With Nave Bank

    • Jones+Feliciano invested in Nave Bank, a digitally-focused local bank in Puerto Rico. Their mission is to provide financial solutions that facilitate growth in Puerto Rico’s communities and propel the island into the future.

    Fireside Chat At My Dream Summit

    • José and I engaged in a thoughtful and impactful conversation with Dr. Michael Eric Dyson at My Dream Summit. The conversation was focused on creating opportunities for economic prosperity and social mobility for traditionally underserved communities. It's always a pleasure to interact with leaders like Michael as we work toward an equitable future.

    Discussed the Future of HBCUs

    • I joined Representative Alma S. Adams (NC) at the Congressional Black Caucus HBCU BRAINTRUST panel. We had a conversation addressing the need for the collaboration of philanthropic, business, and government leaders to ensure the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). 

    Kwanza Jones at the Congressional Black Caucus HBCU BRAINTRUST panel

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    October

    Building Progress & Community

    Celebrated The International Day Of The Girl

    • I celebrated the International Day of the Girl at the Women’s Leadership Breakfast held by Girls Inc. Los Angeles

    Advancing LA Tech Cares Mission

    • LA Tech Cares partnered with LA-Tech.org, a nonprofit coalition founded by the Los Angeles area tech community to expand economic opportunities for underserved students in Los Angeles. They work to create long-term impact by supporting underserved students who are breaking into the tech industry.

    Community Volunteer Event

    • My SUPERCHARGED Teamily volunteered at the Los Angeles Ronald McDonald House. Work that could have taken up to a week to complete was finished in a single morning when our two organizations came together in partnership.

    Volunteer work at Ronald McDonald

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    November

    Boosting Humans & Humanity

    Worked With Independent School Alliance

    • I love providing support in many different ways. Serving as an extension of the team of some of our partners is one of the ways I do this. My team was excited to provide support, advice, and expertise to the content creation team at Independent School Alliance, allowing them to launch their brand-new website.

    Made A Donation To WRRAP

    • I provided a $25,000 matching grant to support WRRAP during their Giving Tuesday campaign. I was thrilled to hear that the $25,000 resulted in a total of $50,850 which will boost the reproductive health services for over 250 women.

    Community Event In November

    • I’m always committed to providing opportunities for growth. That’s why I invited Marion E. Brooks to share his expertise on the power and importance of Emotional Intelligence with my Teamily in the Boost Friends Community. Marion provided techniques and resources to help maximize impact and elevate everything. 

    Kwanza Jones and Marion E. Brooks

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    December

    A Date With Democracy

    • Democracy is essential for advancing a nation. As a part of our commitment to boost humanity, José and I hosted President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden in our home. Together we can continue preserving democracy.

    Kwanza Jones and José E. Feliciano hosts President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden

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A Closer Look at Impact in 2023

Kwanza Jones and José E. Feliciano Initiative donations are made to leave a lasting impact. We invest intentionally, but not exclusively, in women and BIPOC organizations in alignment with our pillars of Equity, Empowerment, Education and Entrepreneurship.

Check out what some of our partners had to say!

Independent School Alliance

Independent School Alliance

"Kwanza and José’s partnership and love for each other and humanity amplifies their collective influence allowing them to tackle issues, drive positive change, and inspire others to do the same…they exemplify the strength and synergy that can be achieved when two exceptional individuals come together for a common purpose."

-- Dana Coleman, Ph.D. Executive Director at Independent School Alliance

Princeton Dorms

SoLa Impact

SoLa Impact

"For SoLa, when it comes to investors, there is nothing like a mission-aligned investor who is in the trenches with us as we build this new model of affordable housing in Los Angeles; having them mission-aligned has been really really important."

-- Sherri Francois, Executive Director at the SoLa Foundation

Girls Inc.

Monarch Collective

Monarch Collective

"Monarch Collective is the first fund focused exclusively on investing in women's sports. Our mission is to accelerate the path to equity in sports through our investments. We are proud to have the Jones+Feliciano team as partners in this journey given their knowledge and passion for the sports ecosystem as well as our shared values of equity and empowerment."

-- Jasmine Robinson, Managing Partner at Monarch Collective

PFLAG

LA Tech Cares

LA Tech Cares

"We all know Kwanza is a woman of action. She has not stopped since the inception of LA Tech Cares and we would not be in our 4th year without Kwanza’s energy and passion for helping people. It has spread through LA Tech Cares and made it a very special organization."

-- Brett Brewer, Co-Founder of LA Tech Cares

WRRAP

Nave Bank

Nave Bank

"Joining forces with the Kwanza Jones & José E. Feliciano Initiative, Nave Bank seeks to provide financial solutions that facilitate growth and propel Puerto Rico into the future. We are constructing together a legacy of positive impact by implementing the shared belief that the development of young talent and financial resources that empower people drive meaningful societal change"

-- Carlos M. Garcia, Chairman and CEO, Nave Bank

nsoro

SOCIAL BOOSTS

I always say, "No one succeeds alone, sometimes you need a boost." Thank you for all the messages I've received.

Looking Into The Past

Check out what we did last year and see how we BOOSTED humanity in 2022.