CINCINNATI, Ohio (February 1, 2022) —
Dear United Way Friends:
One of the highlights of my short time at United Way is watching the excitement around, and progress of, the Black Empowerment Works grant program launched in February 2020.
We partnered with a group of local changemakers to promote Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity by resourcing and funding grassroots-generated, Black-led ideas, programs and projects.
Designed to invest in solutions that often go unfunded or underfunded, this program is one of the signature efforts under United Way’s Black-led Social Change Initiative and part of our strategy to amplify community voice, invest in community-based solutions and transform the way we invest in the community.
I’m proud of the results from the first year’s grantees:
This is a community-driven program. Community members received training and worked in teams to assess applications. Thirty volunteers put in more than 600 review hours choosing the first year’s grantees. This work would not have happened without their dedication.
More is coming. We already launched a second round of grants in August. We are committed to supporting our changemakers and grantees. Those closest to the challenges know best how to overcome those challenges.
United Way of Greater Cincinnati