MBELDEF Capital Campaign

Forward into the Future:
Driving Economic Equality in the Marketplace

For over four decades, MBELDEF has been at the forefront of legal advocacy for minority-owned businesses. With a legacy of involvement in over 30 cases, including pivotal, landmark Supreme Court battles, we have tirelessly defended the rights of minority entrepreneurs.

From challenging marketplace discrimination to ensuring corporate compliance with inclusion regulations, our work has made a tangible impact. We’ve successfully fought to uphold the legitimacy of municipal MBE programs, affirm the constitutionality of DBE initiatives, and provided invaluable legal guidance for both public and private programs to support minority business enterprises.

Join Us

Join us in our inaugural fundraising campaign to support the continued existence of MBELDEF.

Under the leadership of our new board chair, Don Roberts of Caracal Products & Services, we are working to expand MBELDEF’s ability to fight for the success of MBEs across the nation.

We’re working to expand our impact by creating connections with new supporters and uniting with like-minded organizations. Your generous donation will sustain and fortify MBELDEF, fueling its growth and enabling the continuation and expansion of this critical work. With your support, we can persist in our fight for fair access to opportunities for diverse businesses, free from discrimination and bias.

Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund (MBELDEF) is a Section 501(c) (3) charitable organization, EIN 52-1238780. All donations are deemed tax-deductible absent any limitations on deductibility applicable to a particular taxpayer. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your contribution.

Steven Sims, a current Board Member, received both his BA and MS from Columbia University. He is a nationally recognized advocate for minority businesses and, among other roles, served as Vice President for Programs, Field Operations, and Government Relations for the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) where his responsibilities included the development, coordination, and implementation of programs and projects, and, where necessary, he provided technical assistance/training to the National Office as well as its Regional Councils.

He also created and led the NMSDC Government Relations Office in Washington DC. Over many years working with MBELDEF, he and Tony Robinson, were able to create synergy between the two organizations which resulted in the protection and support for minority business development around the country. Mr. Sims also has a wealth of experience stemming from important positions in several public, private, and nonprofit entities and institutions.

Nicholas Perkins, past Chairman of the Board and current Board Member, holds an undergraduate degree from Fayetteville State University and an MBA from Howard University. He is nationally recognized for his dynamic and visionary entrepreneurial leadership and has received many awards and accolades.

The son of a single mother, Perkins was only 24 years old when he founded Perkins Management Services which specializes in providing contract food service management to colleges, universities, hospitals, and the Department of Defense. At 40, Perkin’s acquired Fuddrucker’s restaurant chain, becoming the first African American to own a nationwide burger franchise.

Perkins is passionate about civil rights and is a Trustee of the National Urban League and a proud member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Sarah von der Lippe, the pro-bono Chief Legal Counsel, holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard University. Ms. von der Lippe is herself a small business owner, having founded a solo civil rights legal practice devoted to defending and promoting the success of minority businesses across the nation. She is widely recognized as one of the foremost experts on the law and policy related to MBEs.

For most of the past two decades, Ms. von der Lippe has acted as the Chief Legal Counsel to MBELDEF on a completely pro-bono basis and has assisted Mr. Robinson in every aspect of operating MBELDEF as an unfunded but agile and effective legal watchdog organization.

Monique Young, who currently acts as MBELDEF’s Chief Accounting Officer and Development Strategist has a BS in Accounting from Shaw University, MBA from Strayer University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Walden University. She enjoys working with numbers, administration, and strategy.

In addition, she is a minority business owner as co-owner of One Accord Services a licensed General Contractor, and a Drywall and Metal Framing Subcontractor based in Raleigh North Carolina. Ms. Young is currently preparing to apply to law school in her (nonexistent) free time so that she can be the vanguard of the next generation of MBELDEF legal watchdogs.

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If you're interested in donating and would like to send a check,

Send your check to:
Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund (MBELDEF)
P.O. Box 15323
Washington, D.C. 20003