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 the black-led organizations in response to recent gun violence and tragic events. With $100,000 in seed funds from United Way of Greater Knoxville, $50,000 from the City of Knoxville, and $50,000 from Knox County, the fund will have a starting balance of $200,000 and will continue to grow. Funds will be directed 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 will name the fund, determine how to administer the money, and where to most effectively invest. 100% of donations will go to support the agencies and organizations selected to receive funding by the committee.
United Way of Greater Knoxville’s 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.