UPDATE: We have completed our first round of grant applications for this fund. We received 33 applications requesting funds totaling over $1.9 million in areas of mentoring, workforce development, violence prevention, and more. We have currently raised $270,000. Please help us reach our goal of $1.9 million to support these organizations!
United Way of Greater Knoxville, along with the City of Knoxville and Knox County governments, is launching a Community Healing Fund to provide resources to Black-led organizations in response to recent gun violence and tragic events. Funds will be direction to support Black-led nonprofit organizations doing violence interruption programming and youth and family enrichment and development work.
Key community leaders will be the decision makers in this grant making process. They named the fund, determined how to administer the money, and will decide where to most effectively invest. 100% of donations will go to support the agencies and organizations selected to receive funding by the committee.
Stan Johnson - Executive Director and Founder, SEEED
Kathy Mack - Community Engagement Manager, The City of Knoxville
J.D. Jackson - Chief Operating Officer, SEEED
"By investing in this fund, donors will be able to see the growth in the community through the empowerment of local Black nonprofits through capacity building and resource allocation. Resources will be directly distributed back in the community to create a brighter and more equitable future." Stan Johnson.
United Way of Greater Knoxville' priorities are simple: to protect and uplift organizations serving marginalized communities and giving them the resources to succeed and change lives for years to come.