BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS

Grants for community transformation, powered by Champions of Change

WHAT IS BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS?

Black Empowerment Works promotes Black economic and social prosperity through self-determination by resourcing and funding grassroots-generated, Black-led ideas, programs and projects. Essentially, it is an equity-focused grant and support program addressing poverty in Greater Cincinnati. This program was designed by the first cohort of Champions of Change.

 

WHY DOES BLACK EMPOWERMENT WORKS EXIST? 

Simply put, too many Black families and individuals in our region are experiencing poverty, and too few Black-led ideas, programs and projects (and by extension, Black leaders) receive funding and resources to address it. We are committed to changing that.

We believe that by investing in more Black-led ideas, programs and projects we can: 

  1. Bring a greater diversity of solutions and thought leadership into United Way’s work; 

  2. Gain a better understanding of the unique strengths, opportunities and challenges within communities; and 

  3. Collaborate on strategies that work to reduce racial disparities in outcomes

Black Empowerment Works Grants

Who is involved in Black Empowerment Works?

  • 2020-2021 GRANTEES

  • 2020 GRANT REVIEWERS

  • CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE

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Investing in Black-led Ideas: United Way Champions Community Gathering

by Tiffany Vitagliano | Sep 26, 2019
The Champions of Change have a huge task – to build a grant program that invests in promising, community-based, Black-led ideas aligned to United Way's focus on poverty. Over the past several months, the group has been working hard to gather information to inform the design of this program.

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The Champions of Change have a huge task – to build a grant program that invests in promising, community-based, Black-led ideas aligned to United Way's focus on poverty. Over the past several months, the group has been working hard to gather information to inform the design of this program. After doing extensive research, engaging with various stakeholders and beyond, they are now ready to share some of their work with you!

The big hairy question on the table is “How might United Way increase its investment in community-based, Black-led ideas?” Our 2019 Champions of Change have some ideas! We invite you to hear from them, engage and provide your feedback.

Tuesday, October 15, 5:30 - 7:30 PM
United Way of Greater Cincinnati, 2400 Reading Road
Learn more or RSVP

Congratulate our Champions!

Our Champions have been doing exciting work with our United Way, but they’ve also been busy making strides in their professional lives. Help us congratulate some of our champions for their work and meet the full group on Tuesday, October 15!

Rashida Manuel
: University of Cincinnati recently spotlighted Rashida and her work in the community.

Reginald Harris: Promoted to Director of Community Life Ohio/Indianapolis at The Community Builders.

Edita Dolan-Mayo: Selected as a member of the Cincinnati Business Courier Forty Under 40, Class of 2019.

Jeremy Smith: Led the website and social media work on P&G's “The Look” campaign.

Ron Jackson: Published his most recent book, “Gladiators in Suits: Race, Gender and the Politics of Representation in Scandal”.

Chris Macklin
: Earned his Master of Science degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. He was also honored as Bowling for the Brave’s Hometown Hero for his military service and support to veterans.

Jalisa Harris: Promoted to Data & Quality Control Specialist at Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency.

Interested in learning more about the Champions of Change project? Contact Jena Bradley at Jena.Bradley@uwgc.org

 

Questions? Contact us at black-led@uwgc.org or (513) 762-7157.