The Mary Black Foundation in South Carolina is among those foundations that have embraced a stepped-up focus on equity, as we've reported. A lot of the equity work being done around the country right now is focused on public policy efforts and advocacy campaigns. But this foundation has an initiative that takes equity into the earliest and most basic of institutions: the home. Recently, the foundation launched a new initiative to help parents become better at raising their children.
The purpose of MBF’s Healthy Families Initiative is to provide comprehensive, evidence-based parent education and support to take the guesswork out of parenting. Triple P (the Positive Parenting Program) offers simple and practical strategies for parents to raise their children to establish healthy relationships and prevent future problems.
"We all know that parents play the most important role in raising healthy and successful adults, but we also know that parents aren't given an instructional manual to do this most difficult and demanding job. We are excited to be able to support parents through Triple P," Kathy Dunleavy, the foundation’s president and CEO said in a press release.
With this new initiative, MBF is taking a capacity building approach to improving equity in Spartanburg County, South Carolina once again. The funder is currently partnering with Hope Center for Children, Children's Trust of SC, and Triple P America to make local parenting improvements part of its strategy.
Here are the organizations that will be receiving grants, training, and technical assistance to help local parents over the next few months. Parents will be able to attend workshops put on by a number of local groups this summer.
So, aside from this latest effort, what else has this local health and wellness funder been up to lately?
MBF also recently announced $1,126,600 in new grants to 10 nonprofits that serve Spartanburg County, South Carolina. These grants were between $7,500 and $675,000 each and went to efforts like after school clubs, arts training for early childhood providers, and neighborhood street lighting. Other MBF money has been going towards teen pregnancy prevention, small business support, building and equipment purchases and renovations, and providing healthcare to the uninsured.
The next opportunity to apply for an MBF grant will come in August. But remember that this is a funder that wants to meet with you at least 30 days prior to an upcoming grant deadline for a grant consultation to discuss your idea. Learn more about this process on the funder’s Apply for a Grant page, and keep these types of practical approaches and small steps towards equity in mind as you approach MBF.