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About shauna

In 2020, we launched the Shauna M. Sorrells Program to provide a $10,000 grant to a nonprofit that dedicates meaningful services and programs to women and children, especially women of color. Shauna dedicated her life to making a difference, primarily in affordable housing and found creative ways to address the holistic needs of families and children through the provision of stable housing in a supportive community setting. By addressing health, education, employment and housing needs, Shauna's leadership helped tens of thousands of people for years to come. Shauna’s career included working for the American Academy of Family Physicians, the United Way and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). As the Director of the Office of Public Housing Programs for HUD, she received several awards, including four Secretarial Awards from Secretaries Jackson, Preston and Donovan, as well as an Assistant Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for exceptional efforts. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County. She served on several boards, including the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials and Homes for America. Most important of all, she was a proud mom to her son, Isaiah. During her short time with us from 1972-2019, she made a significant impact. The purpose of this award is to honor her legacy and continue her work by making a difference within communities most in need.

Our finalists

Votes will be accepted from 7pm on Nov. 23 through 7pm Dec. 14. You can check back to see vote totals until 9am Dec. 14 when totals will be hidden but votes can still be cast until 7pm that night.

Cast your vote to determine the 2020 recipient of the $10,000 Inaugural Shauna M. Sorrells Grant.

Finalist

Africa Matters

total votes
106

Name:

Africa Matters

Purpose:

Youth-led organization designed to empower Black Africans, particularly adolescent girls and young women to be upskilled, educated and empowered.

Award would help:

To fund She is Empowered (ShE) program, which is a one-year online development program for women and girls in several countries focused on leadership, upskilling, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, African feminism and mentorship.

Finalist

For 3 Sisters

total votes
302

Name:

For 3 Sisters

Purpose:

To provide financial support and resource case management services to women affected by breast cancer with one-third of participants coming from Baltimore and primarily low-income and women of color.

Award would help:

To improve the quality of life of women affected by breast cancer and expand access to health information for under-resourced and low-income communities, often communities of color, and launch the Power of ONE initiative to deliver health information specifically to African American women across the country.

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Finalist

SciTech2U

total votes
197

Name:

SciTech2U

Purpose:

To serve Black, Brown and Latino K-12 students from underserved and underrepresented communities across the country through STEM learning in after school and camp programs.

Award would help:

To extend SciTech2U’s after school program focused on the science of energy retrieval and provide free and low tuition camps for students in underserved and underrepresented communities that is online during COVID.

semi-finalists

Learn more about the semi-finalists and ways you can contribute here.

Araminta Freedom
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Joseph's Home
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The Dwelling Place
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Generation Hope
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MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT! VOTE BY 7PM DEC. 14!

Timeline

October 15
Grant opportunity posted
October 15-November 16 at midnight
Application submissions accepted
November 23
Finalists announced
November 23-December 14
Online voting period open
December 15
Winner announced in online Opening Doors to Giving Platform for the finalists and all nonprofits to learn, share and raise money
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how it works

round 1

apply

Submissions due by Nov. 16

Applications are short and succinct. Visit the Online Application page to apply. You will be notified if selected as a top three finalist by November 23, 2020. The criteria for becoming a finalist includes making a meaningful impact for women and children, especially women of color. The committee selecting the top three candidates includes the G2G team and Isaiah, the son of Shauna M. Sorrells. Online voting begins for the public from November 23 through December 14, 2020. Each person may only vote once online, but you can rally your family, friends and communities and generate a grassroots push for your nonprofit. The organization with the most votes wins the award.

round 2

vote

cast your vote for 1 of 3 finalists by dec. 14

Award semifinalists are announced Nov. 23, selected by Shauna's son Isaiah and the G2G team. While all three semifinalists are worthy, YOU are the deciding vote. Cast your vote here!

round 3

win

the organization with the most votes wins the $10,000 award

The other two runner-up organizations will be displayed prominently and are given the chance to share their work to elevate their profile among new potential donors. Ultimately, we hope for all three finalists to raise money through this program.