Foundation partners with SHARE Charlotte to sponsor programs for Black-led Nonprofits

Foundation partners with SHARE Charlotte to sponsor programs for Black-led Nonprofits

2020 was a tough year for the nonprofit community. Not only has COVID-19 made fundraising challenging and increased demand for nonprofit services, but the year also brought heightened awareness for the inequality that exists for Black-led and Black-benefitting nonprofits.

The Albemarle Foundation, through a continued partnership with SHARE Charlotte, recognizes the challenges that these nonprofits face and for the second year has committed $100,000 to SHARE Charlotte’s SHINE™ program. This year the donation will help keep SHINE™ programming costs low for all nonprofits, while offering the program at no cost to Black-led, Black-benefitting nonprofit partners. 

“Albemarle Foundation is honored to support the SHARE SHINE™ program that assists all member philanthropic organizations with the tools, collaboration, and education that they need to create sustainable communities,” said Sandra Holub, Executive Director of the Albemarle Foundation. “In 2021, in alignment with our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, we are putting a focus on Black-led philanthropic organizations. We are grateful for SHARE Charlotte’s leadership, outreach efforts and partnership.”

SHINE™, which stands for SHAREholders in Nonprofit Empowerment, provides nonprofit participants exclusive access to SHARE’s most valued programs, expertise and services including SHARE-a-Latte (SHARE’s monthly nonprofit networking series), six annual business development workshops, an annual nonprofit summit and early bird opportunities to participate in community events such as VolunBEERing™ and #YPMixerCLT.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Albemarle Foundation again in 2021!” said Amy Jacobs, Executive Director of SHARE Charlotte. “Not only do they have such a heart for Charlotte’s nonprofit community, but with this gift they are recognizing the unique funding and resource challenges that Black-led, Black-benefitting nonprofits face. This investment is one way they can help level the playing field and meaningfully impact these organizations’ work.”

Here is what a few of SHARE Charlotte’s 90+ Black-led nonprofit partners had to say about the Albemarle Foundation’s investment in their business and professional development:

  • “This is wonderful news! I really wanted to figure out a way for us to take advantage of the SHINE program for this new fiscal year… but the cost was the only reason we couldn't. Thank you, Albemarle Foundation, so much, we are extremely thankful for this gift!” - Shaguana Hunt, Founder and Executive Director of Raise a Child of the Carolinas 
  •  “Such fantastic news! We cannot thank the Albemarle Foundation enough. We can’t wait [to take advantage of] the opportunities ahead for our staff in 2021.” - Amanda Schneider, Senior Development Officer at Renaissance West Community Initiative
  •  “Now this is awesome!! This is how you really ‘share Charlotte’ - I will be taking advantage of everything!” - Courtnie McIntosh, Founder and CEO of The Academy of Goal Achievers 

This partnership with SHARE Charlotte is just one of many ways the Albemarle Foundation continues to Grow the Good in our communities across the globe. Click here to look back at some of our Foundation initiatives from 2020.

Learn more about SHARE Charlotte here.