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Organizing Neighborhood Equity receives a $7,500 grant from Black Benefactors


The Black Swan Academy, Washington, DC, $10,000
General operating support

The mission of The Black Swan Academy (BSA) is to empower Black youth in under-served communities through civic leadership and engagement, giving them a comprehensive set of tools needed to succeed in life and become active social catalysts in their communities. Activities include civic leadership out-of-school time programs, an annual Youth Civic Leadership Summit, the “I Have Pride” Black History & Culture Writing Contest and Showcase, and community forums.

ScholarCHIPS, Inc., Washington, DC, $5,000
General operating support

ScholarCHIPS is an organization that serves a worthy population that is often forgotten – children of incarcerated parents. Founded by a young powerhouse, Yasmine Arrington, whose own father was incarcerated for most of her childhood, ScholarCHIPS provides renewable college scholarships to these children, and provides them with the emotional support they need to stay in school and complete college.  

2017-18 Grants Total: $15,000 


Organizing Neighborhood Equity (ONE DC), Washington, DC, $7,500
General operating support
*First grant award for community organizing

ONE DC’s mission is to exercise political strength to create and preserve racial and economic equity in Shaw and the District. ONE DC envisions the nation’s capital as a place where low income, poor, and immigrant communities are organized, educated, and trained to take action to create and preserve social and economic equity.

ACCESS Youth, Inc., Washington, DC, $2,000 + in-kind support for annual fundraiser
General operating support
*Second-time grantee partner

ACCESS Youth provides at-risk youth with the skills, resources and support they need to stay in school and out of the criminal justice system. Their early, restorative justice-based interventions help to curb the school-to-prison pipeline at three key points  – when  students  begin  experiencing  behavior problems in school, when students exhibit truancy, and when juveniles are arrested by the police for first-time, low-level offenses. By partnering with schools and targeting truancy and suspension, ACCESS Youth aims to improve school performance and engagement, as well as graduation rates.

Chess Girls DC, Washington, DC, $500 + wish list support for the 2015 holidays
General operating support

Chess Girls DC is a 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to improving the confidence of girls in grades K-12 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  Chess Girls DC provides a unique chess instructional program that is dedicated to increasing the play of Chess and promoting the appreciation of the game because of its unique cognitive benefits.

2015-16 Grants Total: $10,000


Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. (DOL), Washington, DC, $6,000

Dreaming Out Loud has as its mission to inspire and build a more ethical society through human development, community engagement and social enterprise.  DOL founded and manages Aya Community Markets, a growing network of farmers markets and mobile farm-stands that provide access to fresh produce while promoting economic development and increasing health equity.  In addition to our grant, Black Benefactors members will provide in-kind support of professional services and volunteer activities.

2014 Grant Total: $6,000


ACCESS Youth, Inc., Washington, DC, $1,000

Since it was founded in 2009, ACCESS Youth has been the sole provider of juvenile justice victim-offender mediation in the District.  Youth who complete mediation through ACCESS Youth are diverted out of the criminal justice system, given access to resources, and, perhaps most importantly, the possibility for healing and positive transformation.

College Tribe, Washington, DC, $1,000

A mentoring program that aims to increase the number of African American young men in the District of Columbia, specifically Ward 8, to graduate from high school, enter college and become successful.

DREAM Life Organization, Washington, DC, $500

An organization that provides mentorship and resources for young, single mothers in the DC area.

2013 Grants Total:  $2,500


Adventure Theatre Musical Theater Center (ATMTC)Montgomery County, MD, $1,000

ATMTC cultivates new generations of artists and audiences by creating memorable theatrical productions and by providing young people the highest quality musical theater training. Adventure Theatre (founded in 1951) and Musical Theater Center (founded in 1986) merged into one organization in 2012. ATMTC serves students at all skill levels and families from diverse communities, approximately 75,000 people annually.  The Black Benefactors grant provided support for Adventure Theatre’s African American Adventures, a series of children’s productions based on popular African-American books and music.

DC Students Construction Trades FoundationWashington, DC, $500

The D.C. Students Construction Trades Foundation prepares District residents for success in careers, education and life. Since 2005, the Foundation has helped District students access career pathways in the skilled construction trades. The foundation is a partner working with D.C. Public Schools and the D.C. Apprenticeship Council to support the Academy of Construction and Design at Cardozo Senior High School and the District of Columbia Apprenticeship Academy. The Foundation strives to make skilled trades education and training accessible to residents of the District of Columbia.  The Black Benefactors grant supported the organization’s wish list identified from the Catalogue for Philanthropy Greater Washington.

Global Kids DCWashington, DC, $1,000

Global Kids (GK) is a premier non-profit educational organization for global learning and youth development that works to ensure that urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experiences and values they need to succeed in school, participate effectively in the democratic process, and achieve leadership in their communities and on the global stage.  GK launched its Washington, D.C. program in collaboration with the District of Columbia Public School system to bring GK’s proven approach to teachers and students at Bell Multicultural High School and Friendship Collegiate Academy.  The Black Benefactors grant supported the program’s 2012 Summer Gateways program.

2012 Grants Total:  $2,500


African Continuum Theatre Company, Washington, DC, $3,500

African Continuum Theatre Company was the only professional African-American theatre company in Washington, DC.  It was created in 1989 as a service organization to assist the various small black community theatres improve the quality and visibility of their work.  African Continuum Theatre Company presented over 34 fully-produced main-stage plays and seven world premieres, along with numerous public readings of new works by playwrights of color for over a decade.

First Generation College Bound, Prince George’s County, Maryland, $3,500

For over 20 years, First Generation College Bound (FGCB) has helped young people realize a dream that often seemed out of reach – to be the first in their families to get a college education. This unleashing of human potential has produced hundreds of college graduates, millions of dollars in added lifetime earnings and a brighter future for all. FGCB graduates have attended some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning, and some have gone on to enter graduate programs, law school and dental school.

Germantown Hardknocks Youth Foundation, Montgomery County, Maryland, $2,000

Germantown Hardknocks Youth Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides youth with alternatives to violence, gangs and drugs through basketball, recreation and positive youth development programs.  The program helps to inspire and guide youth in the belief that they can act on their dreams, make a difference in their community and realize their potential, one step at a time. It also places priority on character development, volunteer service and career exploration.

2010 Grants Total: $9,000

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