Neighborhood Allies receives $550,000 in Strategic Working Capital Grants from Local Foundation Partners

Jan 28, 2022

Grants from Henry L. Hillman Foundation and Richard King Mellon Foundation represent an investment in the health and sustainability of Neighborhood Allies and will position us to continue to serve community members to our highest potential.

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted and worsened already present challenges to our community’s physical health, financial security and ideals of racial equity. When the pandemic hit, Neighborhood Allies invested deeper into our organization to ensure that we could respond and deliver on our North Star goal to move 100,000 low-income residents up the socio-economic ladder. As demand has continued to grow, our biggest and ongoing challenge is ensuring that we have available capital to resource our staff and program delivery. We knew we had to invest in our team and into the resources to deliver programs more responsively to the communities.

Thanks to the generous support of Henry L. Hillman Foundation and Richard King Mellon Foundation, we are positioned to continue to serve community members to our highest potential. Working Capital grants from each of these foundations will allow us to deepen our internal capacity through operating support, staff development and training and data management and tracking tools and knowledge. 

“These strategic investments allow our team the resourcing and energy to be innovative and risk-taking, furthering our capacity to deliver enhanced value to community partners and targeted businesses,” says Presley Gillespie, Neighborhood Allies President, “We truly appreciate the trusted relationships and confidence of our foundation partners.”

Our organization has experienced incredible growth over the last seven years and we have attracted passionate, intelligent, diverse team members to match that growth. As a result, we have also invested in strategies and learning tools to continue to attract and retain a strong team of individuals committed to social impact measurement. This funding will be used to invest time and tools into the human capital of our organization through system upgrades, tracking tools, data storytelling platforms, and intensive training and professional development.  

All staff development and training will be rooted in equity and focus on collective impact management and data-informed decision making. For example, our full staff is participating in quarterly training sessions focused on Racial Equity and Mental Health. In 2021, one of these sessions, focused on building a shared understanding of the historical meaning and use of language, the work of language setting, code-switching, and how systems produce the results they were designed to produce. In 2022, we plan to launch more robust resources for our communities and our internal team that help share and develop stories of impact and how our work is aligned to address systemic barriers. 

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