Manager of Diversity and Special Initiatives
- Drink at the Well provides a suite of supportive services to women survivors of sexual exploitation, addiction, and abuse. In 2018, it received a $10,000 operating grant. Since receiving that first grant, the organization has received four additional grants including a $50,000 operating grant in 2021. What started as a $10,000 grant opportunity has now resulted in a total of $100,000 in grants to date. The organization used some of these funds to launch and grow its social enterprise, Hon’s Honey, which provides employment to women in its program. That enterprise has grown from four employees to 12, and Hon’s Honey revenue has tripled, creating more revenue and opportunities for the organization and its participants.
- Catherine’s Family and Youth Services improves the quality of life for residents of Northwest Baltimore via various education and empowerment programs. In 2018, it received a $10,000 operating grant. Since receiving that first grant, the organization has received two additional grants. What started as a $10,000 grant opportunity has now resulted in a total of $25,000 in grants to date. Since 2018, the program has grown to serve approximately 500 people weekly with household essentials (such as clothing, diapers, household products, etc.) and has provided over 20,000 prepared meals and 65,000 pounds of food. The organization’s youth program now operates year-round serving 25 youth during the school year and 30 youth during the summer.
- The maximum grant amount is doubled to $20,000. Our hope is that these additional dollars will help fuel the growth, impact, and sustainability of small nonprofits during these especially challenging times and into the future.
- The two-year award cap is removed. With this change, nonprofits that have already received two years of grants under this program may reapply. Our hope is that providing additional years of support will afford nonprofits greater stability and a more flexible timeline for thoughtful strategic planning and growth.