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HUMANA FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO GEDDI

Louisville, KY (October 2021) – The Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative (GEDDI) announced today that it has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Humana Foundation. 

“We are so grateful for the support from the Humana Foundation,” said Dawne Gee, GEDDI’s Director of Operations & Opportunities.  “With this funding we will be able to continue providing support for Black-owned businesses, while also continuing our strategic planning for the future of the organization.”

GEDDI is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on building economic wealth for the Black Community in the following areas: workforce opportunities, economic empowerment, supply chain opportunities, leadership and development, as well as business acceleration. GEDDI is a 100% Black-founded and Black-led foundation based in Louisville, Kentucky.

“Once again our corporate partners are stepping up to support racial equity in our business community,” said Tawana Bain, Founder and Board Chair of GEDDI. “This next year will be critical to our success as we continue to grow our organization and provide more resources to Black-owned businesses.”

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Louisville, KY (September 28, 2021) – The Global Economic Diversity Development Initiative (GEDDI) announced today that it has been awarded a $350,000 grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation for capacity building.  

“I am thrilled the James Graham Brown Foundation recognizes GEDDI as a partner who can move the needle to even the playing field for Black Businesses,” said Dawne Gee, GEDDI’s Director of Operations & Opportunities. “GEDDI has been hard at work for the past year developing a first-class charity organization and this gift will allow us to hire more staff and intensify our strategic planning.”

GEDDI is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on building economic wealth for the Black Community in the following areas: workforce opportunities, economic empowerment, supply chain opportunities, leadership and development, as well as business acceleration. GEDDI is a 100% Black-founded and Black-led foundation based in Louisville, Kentucky.

“GEDDI has been at the forefront of responding to the needs of Black entrepreneurs and businesses in this past year, and the Brown Foundation is proud to support the expansion of that work so that continues to make a difference for Louisvillians,” said Mason Rummel, President & CEO of the James Graham Brown Foundation.

“We have been hyper-focused on building up our programming for the past year, and with this gift we will be able to begin the real work of building up our foundation,” said Tawana Bain, Founder and Board Chair of GEDDI.  “When I founded GEDDI a year ago, I knew the real test would be to see if corporate leaders would place trust in GEDDI to be a responsible steward of funding. We are seeing that is exactly the case and we’re ready to get to work!”

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The James Graham Brown Foundation was incorporated in 1954 by James Graham Brown, a successful lumberman, horseman and entrepreneur who called Louisville home. He died in 1969 with no heirs, leaving the bulk of his estate to the foundation. Since its incorporation, the foundation has awarded nearly 3,300 grants totaling over $620 million. Each grant is made with the aim of creating a brighter future for people throughout Louisville and Kentucky, thereby elevating the Commonwealth in the eyes of the world. The foundation strives to execute Mr. Brown’s vision of Kentucky as a national leader through philanthropic investments in education and workforce readiness, community and economic prosperity, and quality of life. For more, visit www.jgbf.org.

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1st Place - Jimmy Ray, Enclave Consulting (middle)

2nd Place - Antoine Terry, Unite 502 (right)

3rd Place - Tammy Darden, Sapphire T's Bartending Services (left)

 

The pitch contest is the culmination of the Just Boss Up Academy program. We celebrate each graduate and allow them to pitch their business to a panel of judges for cash prizes for them to invest back into their business.

 

1st place $500

2nd place $250

3rd place $100

 

We encourage participants to continue to sharpen their business pitch and share it with everyone they encounter, as they never know if that person might be their next customer or investor.

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Louisville, KY (May 10, 2021) – GEDDI is pleased to announce its participation in the Kentucky Nonprofit Network’s 9th annual KY Gives Day on Tuesday, May 11.  From 12 am to 12 am nonprofits from across the Commonwealth will be engaged in friendly competition for prizes and working to secure matching gifts.  GEDDI has set a goal of $15,000 for this day of giving to help further its mission to support the ability to supply grants for economic development initiatives centered around Black-owned business development and local community initiatives. Donations are being accepted now through May 12th at https://www.kygives.org/organizations/geddi and all donors are encouraged to spread the word using the hashtag #KYGives21.

Kentucky Nonprofit Network is the Commonwealth’s state association of nonprofit organizations.  They exist to strengthen and advance the nonprofit sector through a unified public policy voice, education, technical assistance, networking opportunities and sharing of best practices.

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