Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Award-Winning Nonprofit Leader Launches Family Foundation

Aaron Dworkin, the visionary founder of the Sphinx Organization, has announced the launch of the Dworkin Foundation, a private foundation dedicated to providing small grant support to emerging non-profit organizations that have a clear mission to impact communities through significant initiatives.  Key areas of grant making focus are Diversity, Legal Justice, Equal Rights for LGBT communities, and Equal Access to Quality Healthcare, Food and Fitness.

The foundation announced their inaugural grant recipients under their primary grant award program, Dworkin Ignition Grants (DIG). They are:

Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop: Empowering young inmates to write new chapters in their lives
Washington, DC

Free Minds’ mission is to introduce young inmates to the transformative power of books and creative writing.  By mentoring them and connecting them to supportive services throughout their incarceration into reentry, Free Minds inspires these youths to see their potential and achieve new educational and career goals.

INTAKE Music: Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics
Stamford, CT

Intake’s mission is to improve the quality of life for youth by providing access to quality classical music education through the use of native instruments that represent diverse cultural backgrounds.  They strive to increase learning proficiency through educational and learning programs that leverage the discipline of classical music, and addressing community audiences through public performances, community outreach events and cultural advocacy.

KICK: The Center in Detroit
Detroit, MI
Kick’s aim is to implement LGBT affirming programs, services, projects and special events; and to partner with other social justice organizations and allies with similar beliefs.  In 2011 The Center in Detroit opened and provides the LGBT and allied community a safe space in which to discuss, learn and offer support to one another.

Sow Much Good: Gardening for Life
Charlotte, NC
Sow Much Good is committed to growing healthy communities in underserved neighborhoods by providing direct access to fresh, affordable food; educating and engaging residents to adopt healthy eating habits; and advocating for the right of every person to have real food security.

To learn more and apply for a grant, visit

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