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African American Heritage Fund Awards 5 Grants Totaling $260,000

Grant awards benefit the African American Community of Greater Seattle


June 09, 2017

Seattle Foundation announces new grant awards from the African American Heritage Fund, a collective grant-making group founded in 1992 to benefit the African American Community of Greater Seattle.

“We are delighted to fund all of these grantees. Each is doing important work to increase opportunities and equity for African American students and families in Seattle,” said Bob Flowers, spokesman for the fund. “These grants invest in the futures of promising scholars, increase services and diversity at important institutions, and strengthen our community as a whole.”

The grant recipients are:

Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic: $100,000
Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic is a community clinic of Seattle Children’s Hospital based in the Central District. Children from birth through 21 receive medical, dental and mental health care and nutrition services from a team of specially-trained pediatric care providers, regardless of their ability to pay.

The Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington: $50,000
The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance offers programs of rigorous study, innovative research and commitment to public service. The school’s graduates and faculty provide the ideas, expertise, and leadership that guide government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies around the country and throughout the world. The AAHF grant will support a fellowship for Evans School students.

Foster School of Business, University of Washington: $50,000
The African American Heritage MBA Endowed Scholarship was established in 2007 through a founding gift from the African American Heritage Foundation. The scholarship is annually awarded to a person of African American heritage pursuing an MBA at the Foster School of Business. Each student who receives the scholarship affiliates with the Foster School’s Consulting and Business Development Center to complete a project that will further the growth of African American businesses in Washington state.

Center for Communication, Difference & Equity, University of Washington: $50,000
The Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity (CCDE) will use the grant to explore the complex issues of race and gender equity, to increase opportunities for dialogue on these issues inside and outside the University, and to support new projects that create greater equity in our community.

The CCDE strives to be a space where UW students, faculty, staff, and community members can learn together and think critically about equity, race, and its intersections through research collaboration, networking, mentorship, and community engagement.

The Breakfast Group, Project M.I.S.T.E.R.: $10,000
The Breakfast Group is a nonprofit group of civic-minded professional African-American men dedicated to mentoring and addressing the challenges of at-risk youth of color focusing on black males. Anchored in the belief that education is the cornerstone of success, the Project M.I.S.T.E.R. Program™ (Male Involvement & Service To Encourage Responsibility) serves youth at Garfield, Franklin, Cleveland, Rainier Beach and South Lake High Schools. An instructor teaches daily classes on life skills, including education, employment and personal responsibility.

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