The following grants were awarded in March, May and June:
-Unlocking Communities, Chicago, IL-helping men and women, mainly women, in Haiti overcome poverty by providing them goods to sale and also tools to become successful entrepreneurs by forming community businesses.
-Mali Health, Durham, NC- for the prevention work they do for mother and children mortalities in Mali by forming cooperatives that strengthen their knowledge on healthy practices and habits and also make products that promote health for mothers and children.
-NoKidBehind, Indianola, IA- helps kids in Cameroon up their technology skills by providing access to computer labs. Due to war and Covid many of these kids have lost years of school time.
-Society of Women Engineers, Chicago, IL-working to help women and girls work in engineering and STEM related fields by helping fund their high school leadership academy.
-AHALA, Children’s Rights Fund, Scholarship support for Codeni in Guadalajara, Mexico
– Fonkoze, USA, Washington DC, Helping women in Haiti with business education and microfinancing to become financially independent
-Women’s Global Empowerment fund, Denver CO, Continued support for their work for Girls in Uganda
First Tech Fund, Brooklyn, NY-helping to close the digital divide for low-income high school students by providing them with access to free technology (personal computer they get to keep), free internet access, mentorship from young professionals, and access to monthly virtual programming that teaches them key skills and exposes them to careers in tech, law, healthcare, finance, and more.
-Project SchoolHouse, Austin TX-collaborates with rural communities in Nicaragua to provide access to safe, clean water, sanitation, and improved educational opportunities.
-Magnolia Global Academy for Leaders-Magnolia Global Academy for Leaders will prepare Sonoma County students to be leaders in a twenty-first century economy through (1) project-based learning, (2) internship and externship experiences for student learning and exposure, and (3) a travel requirement that allows students to experience the world outside of Sonoma County.
As the world watches the horrors of war and the atrocities waged on the Ukraine people, the Foundation has made grants to the following humanitarian organizations:
-Doctors without Borders
-Save the Children
-Hope for Ukraine
-International Rescue Committee
The following grants were awarded in February:
-Welcome Home Sis, an organization based out of Ohio that helps formerly incarnated women become acclimated back into society.
-AfricAid , an organization in that supports young women in Tanzania overcome the barriers to becoming educated and attend secondary school.
-High Water Women , an organization based out of New York that supports underserved women and youth. They have 3 core programs, financial literacy, an annual backpack program and an impact investment program.
-Catholic Charities of Diocese of Venice in Southwest Florida to help women who have been victims of sex trafficking.
The Foundation will again accept application requests starting April 1, 2022.
We appreciate your patience as we worked through the backlog.
The following organizations were awarded Grants:
-The Mooncatcher Project, this is an organization that operates in Uganda, Malawi, and Kenya whose their primary mission is to remove barriers for young girls related to menstruation.
-Exodus Road – is a non-profit working primarily with women who have been victims of sex trafficking.
-CENCUDER (Centre for Community Development and Environmental Restoration) – Their goal is to empower youths and women overcome the barriers of poverty, as well as protecting the environment. The grant provides funding for a footbridge for a rural area of Cameroon that will allow folks to be easily pass over a water system that at times can be very dangerous.
-Foundation for Tomorrow, providing funding for their programs which benefit students in Tanzania.
-Molly’s Bridge, this organization in Savannah GA that helps single mother’s transition to independent lives. Funding will help pay for one of their family home units.
-Strategies for International Development works with the poorest of the poor farmers in Guatemala. Funding supports a women’s coffee program to help these women grow and thrive in their coffee businesses.
-Girl Up is an organization that pursues gender equality for all women and girls. Funding will help establish strategic expansion Girl Up leadership programs in Africa.
-Chicago Jesuit Academy – This is a middle school who helps predominately underserved black young men in Chicago be successful when they transition to high school and choose careers. Funding will focus on technical training and certifications and job placements.
The Foundation closed 2021 with a large increase in Grant requests. Times are so difficult for so many people across the globe and the complexities of COVID have stretched many organizations. We have always strived to be timely with responding to the many deserving organizations, but we have fallen behind on the grant process.
As a result, we are closing the application process to any new requests for the first quarter 2022. Any requests received will not be processed and will have to be resubmitted after March 31. This will allow us to workdown the backlog of requests already received.
Please also note that anyone seeking a Grant MUST be a qualified 501(c)(3) as defined by the US Tax Code, with the appropriate number and documentation or have a qualified 501(c)(3) sponsor. Having the appropriate documentation when submitting your application will speed the grant process for everyone.
Thank You, and I wish everyone a better 2022,
The Foundation closes the year with Grants to:
-Flying Kites Network School Feeding Program in Kenya.
-Nurture Africa, Sustain Programing in Districts of Uganda.
-Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, Patient Assistance Fund.
The Foundation is pleased to announce the following grants awarded in October and November:
- College Guild, to help incarcerated women inmates receive access to education they otherwise wouldn’t have.
- Divine Foundation; initiatives in entrepreneurship, educational/academic support, social skills and community development.
- Blink Now Foundation’s, KVS Scholarship Program.
- Boys & Girls Club of the Piedmont, in NC, their “Smart Girl” Program.
- International Rescue Committee,
- Duke University – Duke Lemur Center, Women’s development opportunities in sustainable agriculture
- Finemind, providing mental health services to women in northern Uganda.
The Foundation is pleased to support the following 3 organizations with grants.
-Limbe Wildlife Center, with a combination for helping women, children and wildlife in South Cameroon through their 3 pillars of: rescue and rehabilitation, education and community sustainable livelihoods.
-TechnoServe, Inc. Helping developing countries with access to information, technical knowledge, and capital to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. Our grant focuses on gender equality and access.
-Mill Mountain Theatre,, Roanoke, VA, Young Audience Series, which includes five productions that encourage children to read by giving them books.