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Working across boundaries+++ Finding our riches+++ No division between those in the light and those standing listening+++


Alternate Roots          $5100.00

The mission of Alternate ROOTS is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit. As a coalition of cultural workers they strive to be allies in the elimination of all forms of oppression. ROOTS is committed to social and economic justice and the protection of the natural world and addresses these concerns through its programs and services.

United Church of Chapel Hill          $500.00

Organizing Against Racism/Know Your Education Rights Workshop. Workshops and training are designed to help parents and students become advocates for themselves; knowing their rights in the school discipline and suspension process and interactions with the law enforcement in schools and the criminal justice system. Workshops are Conducted by Advocates for Children's Services

Eyes Ears Nose and Paws          $2000.00

Eyes Ears Nose and Paws trains and places assistance dogs. Their programs create a healthier community by increasing independence for individuals with disabling medical conditions, improving opportunities for individual control over medical care, and encouraging therapeutic interventions that improve physical and mental health. Eyes Ears Nose and Paws recognizes that dogs have a huge untapped potential: an astounding ability to read and understand human behavior, incredible noses for detecting scent, an enormous capacity to love unconditionally.

Community Investment Network          $300.00

Community Investment Network (CIN) inspires, connects and strengthens African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the changes that they wish to see. CIN is a national network of giving circles. A giving circle is a a group who pools their personal time, talents and treasure to address social issues in their communities using thoughtful giving strategies.  The activities of a giving circle include grant making, advocacy and public education as complementary ways to diversify philanthropy by making it accessible and more democratic to everyday people. 

Positive Growth Inc.          $8500.00

Positive Growth Inc., is dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth, adults and families during difficult life transitions by providing comprehensive residential and community-based treatment services.Their aim is to empower and support the people they serve to live self-determined, productive and valued lives within their community. To accomplish these aims, PGCC has identified, developed and offers programs on prevention, education, intervention, treatment, rehabilitation, residential and other support services in a personalized, flexible manner appropriate to the needs of each individual and family they serve.

Helping Organize People Effectively (HOPE) - Lexington, NC          $2,500

Founded in July 2010, HOPE is a broad-based community power organization dedicated to  making social change on issues that affect the lives of those who live, work, and worship in Lexington and Davidson County North Carolina. We are happy to support their mission as they continue to strengthen the work of an emerging multi-racial, interfaith network of organizations working on social justice issues.  

LAY UP - Dazell, SC          $3,600

Founded in April 2010, LAY UP's mission is to provide educational tutoring, mentorship, and professional counseling to the under-served youth in their community.  We are happy to support LAY UP as they implement a mentoring program for youth, in the local community, who are falling short when it comes to standard literacy programs, may be suspended from school and or attending school sporadically. It is LAY UP's goal to prevent them from dropping out of school and providing them with the skills to be productive individuals in their communities.

The Marian Cheek Jackson Center  - Chapel Hill, NC          $5,000

Founded in 2009, Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History's mission is to advance the vitality, diversity and historical integrity of neighborhoods in transition as an essentially collaborative initiative. The Center aims to preserve, engage and act on rich histories of change.  We are proud to support the implementation of their community "Compass Group" priority strategies.  

Orange County Voice - Hillsborough, NC          $3,750

Founded in July 2009, Orange County Voice is a grassroots organization serving rural communities in and around Orange County, North Carolina.  Their mission is to educate and build awareness about rural communities and to engage rural voices in public policy and decision-making. We are proud to support them as they create a rural community network- a cohesive network of neighborhoods, civic and faith organizations throughout rural Orange County and with neighboring towns and counties. The primary goal of the project is to increase active engagement in community issues by building relationships across individual groups and reinforce them with a shared communications infrastructure. 

The Re-Entry Connection - Lithonia, GA          $2,500

Founded in April 2010, Re-Entry's mission is to reduce incarceration and recidivism among formerly incarcerated females. We are happy to assist with the funding of the United Steps Towards Freedom Summit in January 2014. At the end of the summit, Re-Entry expects to have developed solutions to women's issues, mental health/substance abuse, employment, juvenile justice, housing, education (life skills/school), mass incarceration, legal issues, and family reunification.  

South Carolina Equality - Columbia, SC          $5,000

Founded in 2002, SC Equality's mission is to secure civil and human rights for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in South Carolina. They focus on LBGT issues and policies by providing awareness and education to the local South Carolina community.  SC Equality works to educate the general public about the everyday lives of LGBT people and the needs of LBGT youth in schools as well as work to education LBGT individuals and families about their rights under the law. We are pleased to award them general funding to assist with a series of projects and efforts currently underway.  

SoPo Bicycle Cooperative - Atlanta, GA          $1,875

Founded in 2004, SoPo's mission is to create equitable access to cycling by providing bicycle  maintenance, services and education in a safe, community-owned space that is accessible to all residents of Atlanta.  SoPo facilitates the collective ownership and operation of a community bicycle repair shop. We are pleased to award them funding in support of the SoPo-Gateway Bike Maintenance Workshop Program. The purpose of the program is to provide designated bi-weekly time slots for a group of residents from Gateway (a homeless shelter) to utilize the bike ship for the purposeof bicycle maintenance and instruction. Along with the specific hours allotted to Gateway residents, participants in the program will be encouraged to volunteer during open shop hours and will be eligible to earn a certificate of achievement if they complete a certain number of volunteer hours by the end of the 9 week program. By combining instruction, practice and hands-on implementation of skills acquired, the SoPo-Gateway program will have the potential to develop a cohort of skilled volunteers who can pass on what they have learned to new residents of the Gateway Center and other volunteers/clients at SoPo. 

The Youth Organizing Institute - Durham, NC          $5,000

Founded in April 2010, The Youth Organizing Institute seeks to stop racism and school re-segregation, challenge the school to prison pipeline, make schools safe for LBGTQ youth, and  bring a new generation of youth into social justice work. We are happy to award them with general funding to empower youth to organize in their name as well as supporting their organizing work throughout the year. Through trainings and supporting youth organizing they expect to create positive change in their communities for generations to come. 

Grants Assisted and Donor Advised Grants 

Lakewood Amplitheater:
Capital View Community Security Alliance $1,800
Capital View Manor $2,344
Caring for Others, Inc. $2,500
Chasewood Park Community Development $2,373
Dill Avenue Gardeners $2,500
ECOPAAT $2,500
Friends of Lakewood Library $2,344
Hammond Park Neighborhood Association $2,344
Joyland Revitalization Project, Inc.   $1,800
Perkinson Elementary PTA $1,800
South Atlanta Redevelopment Corporation $2,500
Southside Concerned Citizens Association $1,800
Thomasville Heights Civic League, Inc. $2,344
Helen's Fund: 
Catalyst Project $1,000
Center for Documentary Studies $2,000
Dispute Settlement Center   $2,000
Metropolitan Opera Fund   $1,000
St. Joseph Historic Foundation $3,000

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