Investing in Non-Profit Leaders of Color
10 THE POWER FUND
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BERNELL K. GRIER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IMPACCT BROOKLYN CASE STUDY
Impacct Brooklyn is a community development organization focused on housing, economic development, education, and community organizing. “The Power Fund’s leadership grant helped to elevate the organization and my voice as a leader. With this grant, I was able to take a personal retreat that gave me the time and space to reflect on the organization. It was during that retreat that I realized we needed a new staffing plan to elevate staff into positions of leadership. Many of my colleagues also participated in professional coaching through this grant, which gave them the confidence to step into their new management roles and also expand their networks. The bonds my team built with the coaches were so strong that some colleagues continued collaborating with them after the grant period was over. “The leadership grant also helped us to strengthen our strategic communications. Robin Hood connected us with communications experts who helped us distill our messaging and think through new audience targets for engagement. I was able to hone in on how to best tell my story and the story of the organization. This support helped me maximize my remarks in front of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which sparked many donations to the organization. Additionally, this communications support prompted us to redesign our newsletter to make it more accessible to readers and reach more in our community. I have been frequently stopped by neighbors and small business owners to share that the new newsletter is an important source of information for them.
“Our partnership with the Power Fund has helped us to deepen our focus on the communities we serve and expose new audiences to our work.”
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