Mother Africa selected to participate in Uber Community Impact Initiative
Program will support increased economic opportunity and overcoming transportation mobility barriers
KENT (November 7, 2017) — Today it was announced that Mother Africa was selected to participate in the Uber PNW Community Impact Initiative.
“This grant will have a huge impact in our community. We are extremely excited about it.’ –Risho Sapano, Mother Africa’s Executive Director
Uber is partnering with Mother Africa to support increased economic empowerment through providing scholarships to driving school, and Uber ride credits to reduce transportation mobility barriers.
“In the communities where we do business, we use our technology and resources to support organizations that are making meaningful, positive impact,” said Brooke Steger, General Manager for Uber in the Pacific Northwest. “Mother Africa is one of those organizations, so we’re proud to be supporting their great work.”
Each year, Uber teams up with nonprofits, social enterprises, and educational institutions across the region to support social, economic, and environmental causes that align with one or more impact areas: mobility, opportunity, safety, and efficiency.
Mother Africa is just one of 40+ local organizations that was selected to participate. For 2018, programmatic and philanthropic contributions in the PNW will total more than $500,000.
Other organizations interested in participating in the Community Impact Initiative can learn more at http://t.uber.com/CII.
Giving Project Award Recipient – Seattle Foundation and UW Evans School of Public Affairs
In early 2014, Mother Africa was identified by the Seattle Foundation as one of four community based organizations to participate in their annual Giving Project, which is a collaboration with the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs. Evans School students interviewed members of all 4 community based organizations to evaluate a grant proposal submitted by each organization. Criteria included feasibility, connection to and representation by the communities served, impact, and vision. Mother Africa was selected as the full recipient of this grant process!
The 5k funding received from a private donor is being used to hire a consultant for strategic planning, the development of marketing materials, and seed funding for the communities participating in the women’s group project.