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BofA grants to Charlotte nonprofits
Urban League, Crisis Assistance get $200K in funding
 
Published Monday, March 25, 2013 7:20 am
by Herbert L. White

Bank of America's charitable arm has given grants to a pair of Charlotte nonprofits.


The Bank of America Charitable Foundation's Neighborhood Builder Program is giving $200,000 grants and leadership training to Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Urban League of Central Carolinas. The awards are for high-performing nonprofits that have made a significant impact in the community working in housing, jobs and hunger relief.


The Urban League will use the funding to expand its social ventures programs, which includes the 21st Century Skills program which provides HVAC and fiber optics certification training and the Linking Youth to Technology through Education program.


“Being named as a Neighborhood Builder by Bank of America speaks to the confidence they have in the work we do to help and empower thousands of people reach self-sufficiency,” ULCC President and CEO Patrick Graham said. “While the grant will expand our current social ventures programming, the Neighborhood Builder emerging leaders training will further instill the character and leadership skills necessary to develop our strategy as an organization and address any unforeseen challenges.”


“Nonprofits provide much needed services in Charlotte, but too often lack the opportunity to invest in their own long-term growth and development,” Bank of America North Carolina and Charlotte market president Charles Bowman said in a statement. “By recognizing Crisis Assistance Ministry and the Urban League of Central Carolinas as Neighborhood Builders, we know that they are poised to make an even greater impact in our community.”


Crisis Assistance Ministry will use the funding to add a financial stability counselor and caseworker to double assistance to families receiving financial stability services.


“Nonprofits rarely have the resources necessary to provide their leaders with ongoing training or focus on their next phase of their programming,” Crisis Assistance Ministry chief executive Carol Hardison said. “As a Neighborhood Builder, Bank of America is providing Crisis Assistance Ministry the operational support necessary to invest in our workforce and plan for the future while also helping us continue our daily assistance to individuals seeking financial stability.”


 

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