Black Empowerment Works promotes Black self-determination, social mobility and economic prosperity by resourcing and funding grassroots-generated, Black-led work.
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 work.
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.
Over the last 3 years we’ve invested $3 million into Black-led work.
We’re proud to showcase our Class 3 grantees for the Black Empowerment Works program who will receive a total investment of $1.3 million for the 2022-2023 grant year.
We are also proud to announce that bi3 has provided a three-year $1,000,000 grant to create a Health Equity Fund in partnership with United Way and Black Empowerment works. This fund helped support grantees in Class 3 and will continue to drive equitable health outcomes through grantees in future classes.
Congratulations to our 2022 Black Empowerment Works Grant Recipients.
Special thanks to the following businesses, foundations and investors who have made contributions toward the success of our Black Empowerment Works program.
This report details achievements and insights from Black Empowerment Works’ inaugural year: from the community review process to outcomes of $600,000 investment.
For more information about Black Empowerment Works and Black-Led Social Change, email us at email@example.com or call 513-762-7233.
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This case study highlights how a group of community volunteers—coordinated, coached, and cheered on by a team of facilitators—created an equity-focused grant program from the ground up. It's a story about challenging power constructs, trust-based philanthropy and participatory grantmaking.