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SisterFund announces awards to Sports Backers & Assisting Families of Inmates

In their fourth year of awarding grants to local nonprofits that focus programming on African-American women and girls, in partnership with the Community Foundation, SisterFund announces two awards of $20,000 each, granted to Sport Backers and Assisting Families of Inmates.

SPORTS BACKERS: Fitness Warriors trains African-American women to be Warriors for health equity and teaches them to lead group fitness classes in their communities. Their mission is to inspire people from all corners of the community to live actively. During a one-year timeframe, the organization has impacted 1,964 individuals who engaged in their Fitness Warriors classes for the first time and 87% continue their healthy lifestyle because of their fitness instructors.

ASSISTING FAMILIES OF INMATES: Milk & Cookies Children's Program works to reduce trauma among children and their adult, female caregivers. Their mission is 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. One hundred percent of their participants are African-American.

“We were so impressed by all of the submissions we received this year. Focusing on smaller grants allowed us to fund two worthy nonprofits and it also allowed us an opportunity to learn about so many organizations working in our focused area, but may not have had the capacity to administer a large grant at this time,” said Evette Roots, Chair of SisterFund. “Our plan is to work with some of these nonprofits to offer guidance to prepare them for future grant opportunities with our giving circle."

SisterFund represents the collective wisdom, service and philanthropy of 68 African-American women leaders who believe they can significantly make an impact on our community by working together. While many of its members have professions of service in our community, the giving circle is an opportunity to come together to broaden their collective desire to improve issues affecting African-American women and girls and to support nonprofits serving this population through education, workforce and leadership development.

Learn more about SisterFund, its membership and grant program by visiting www.sisterfundrva.org or contact Christina Mastroianni, Director of Civic Engagement at 804-409-5620.



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