United Way of Greater Cincinnati's Black Empowerment Works, an innovative equity-focused grant program, promotes Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity by resourcing and funding grassroots-generated, Black-led ideas, programs and projects.
Originally conceived and designed by the first class of Champions of Change, the inaugural Black Empowerment works class of 2020 received a total investment of $600,000.
Now in its second year, we are proud to showcase our 2021-2022 grantees that together will receive a total investment of $1 million, a $400,000 increase over last year.
This report details achievements and insights from Black Empowerment Works’ inaugural year: from the community review process to outcomes of $600,000 investment.
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Senior Manager, Community Impact
Jena joined the United Way of Greater Cincinnati in 2014 and her passion exists at the intersection of public good, storytelling, and reallocating power. She believes that everyone has the ability to create positive change, but not everyone has equal access to the resources to do it; she wants to help change that. For questions about the Black-Led Social change program and any subsidiaries, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-762-7118.