The Common Market Georgia and beGirl.World were selected for the award.
Philadelphia, PA—January 23, 2018 — Reinvestment Fund today announced two exemplary nonprofits as the winners of its annual Community Champion Award. The Common Market Georgia, based in East Point, Georgia and beGirl.World, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania received grant awards in support of their mission.
“We are delighted to honor these organizations that in many ways reflect our own values as an organization that is committed to creating opportunity for low-income communities,” said Amanda High, Reinvestment Fund’s Chief of Strategic Initiatives. “This unique award program is just in its second year but offers a small way for our staff to shine a light on outstanding local organizations that they deeply care about.”
The Community Champion Award is small grants program that recognizes nonprofit organizations that are aligned with Reinvestment Fund’s own mission. Awardees are selected by an appointed staff committee that makes its selection from a pool of organizations nominated by staff. The selection is approved by Reinvestment Fund’s Community Advisory Board.
In most instances, as with Common Market Georgia and beGirl.World, the organizations have volunteers that are Reinvestment Fund staff. This year’s awardees come from Reinvestment Fund’s hometown and the state that is home to its newest office.
beGirl.world is based in Philadelphia and offers opportunities for girls to grow and thrive thru exposure and study of places and cultures beyond Philadelphia. It was founded in 2014 on the belief that growth that comes from exploring the world beyond yourself. beGirl.world challenges girls to “think beyond their neighborhood, dream bigger than their city limits, and create possibilities outside their borders.”
The Common Market Georgia is a nonprofit local food distributor with a mission to connect communities with good food from sustainable family farms. It strives to improve food security, farm viability, and community and ecological health. The organization was founded to empower, strengthen and connect two vulnerable populations: low-income communities and local family farmers. It is a regional chapter of The Common Market, a national nonprofit organization seeking to develop sustainable, regional food systems that democratize access to good food.
This award will be aimed at a new initiative by which the Common Market seeks to improve the competitiveness of products grown by small-scale farmers of color, making it more affordable and attractive to communities seeking to procure local food from values-aligned farmers.
About Reinvestment Fund
Reinvestment Fund is a catalyst for change in low-income communities. The organization integrates data, policy and strategic investments to improve the quality of life in low-income neighborhoods. Using analytical and financial tools, Reinvestment Fund brings high-quality grocery stores, affordable housing, schools and health centers to the communities that need better access—creating anchors that attract investment over the long term and help families lead healthier, more productive lives.