In October, 2019, SisterFund awarded two $20,000 grants to organizations in our community. Assisting Families of Inmates and Sports Backers' Fitness Warriors. This was a first for our giving circle! Every year, we receive grant applications from so many worthy organizations and we were ecstatic to be in a position to make these awards.
Assisting Families of Inmates has a mission to provide opportunities for regular and meaningful visitation, referrals to community resources and vital services that help families cope with incarceration and prepare for release and reunification. Last year, they provided nearly 3,000 transportation visits and hundreds of video visits for individuals in Virginia's adult and juvenile correctional facilities, something Fran Boling, Executive Director, is very proud. Our hats are off to Angie Strickland, Director of Programs & Development, Patrick Link, Family Services & Marketing Manager and Bobbi Gray, Video Visitation Program Coordinator for the work you do in our community.
Sports Backers' Fitness Warriors has a mission to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively by training area residents who have talent, passion, and potential to be professional fitness instructors for Richmond’s communities with the highest rates of chronic disease. Tiffany Copeland, Fitness Warriors Program Manager is passionate about role to impact the black community by offering free fitness classes for every level of fitness.
Partnership for the Future: $20,000
Grant will help young women obtain post-secondary degrees
In partnership with the Community Foundation, SisterFund announces that its second annual grant to empower African American women and girls will be awarded to Partnership for the Future. The grant of $20,000 will be used to provide training, enrichment and mentoring for 179 high school girls and college women working to attain their college degrees.
Partnership for the Future provides highly-motivated local high school students from challenging circumstances with the tools and experiences necessary to attain a college degree. In recent years, the program has expanded from real world training and college prep activities while in high school – such as SAT courses, college tours, cultural experiences and paid internships – to include mentoring and support once students enter college. Most participants are from low-income families and are often first to attend college. Partnership for the Future is designed to help young people unlock their full potential by giving them the road map and support to be successful.
“Our membership was particularly impressed by the resourcefulness and collaboration demonstrated by Partnership for the Future,” said Cynthia Newbille, President of SisterFund. “The program has achieved remarkable results with the support of its dedicated staff, 70 organizational partnerships and a cadre of 200 loyal volunteers. Since 2007, Partnership for the Future has a 100% matriculation rate and 86% of its students have graduated within 6 years or are persisting through college.”
Children’s Home Society: $20,000
The grant supports the Possibilities Project, a collaboration between Children’s Home Society of Virginia and Better Housing Coalition.
SisterFund, a collective giving network created in partnership with the Community Foundation, has awarded a grant of $20,000 to Children’s Home Society. The grant will support the Possibilities Project, a collaboration between Children’s Home Society of Virginia and Better Housing Coalition. Funds will be used to provide trauma-informed supports including access to education, safe housing and life coaching for young women aging out of the foster care system.
“We are excited to partner with the women of SisterFund to produce better results for foster care youth in Virginia,” said Nadine Marsh-Carter, executive director of the Children’s Home Society of Virginia. “For youth entering the world without the supports of family or resources, this grant can be the difference between a path to incarceration or homelessness and a future in which they are empowered to live independently and become successful, thriving adults.”
The Possibilities Project addresses the young peoples’ emotional health as well as their critical need for lifelong connections. The long-term goal is to create a model based on best practices that can be replicated across Virginia and across the country.
“With so many compelling proposals, this was a hard choice,” said Evette Roots, founding member and marketing chair. “Ultimately, we were inspired by The Possibilities Project’s comprehensive approach and its long-term goals to affect systems change statewide. We felt we could make a difference financially, but also by staying informed and engaging in public policy.”
“SisterFund is an experience that embraces all aspects of philanthropy. We are learning together, giving together and celebrating the joy of achieving greater impact together,” said Roots. “Now that we have made our first grant, we are extremely motivated to grow our circle and expand our support for community initiatives.”
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SisterFund is a partner of the Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. All tax deductible donations should be made as gifts to the SisterFund at the Community Foundation.