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May 25th, 2017 / News & Press

ourBRIDGE for KIDS Selected by Women’s Impact Fund as a 2017 Grant Recipient


Afterschool Program To Launch An Innovative, Arts-Infused Curriculum In Partnership With LilySarahGrace 

CHARLOTTE, NC – (May 25, 2017) – ourBRIDGE for KIDS has been awarded $100,000 from Women’s Impact Fund to launch an innovative initiative, the “After School Creative Arts and Learning Program”, which will enhance the organization’s curriculum for the refugee and immigrant children it serves.  The grant was announced at the annual meeting of Women’s Impact Fund on May 9 at Foundation For The Carolinas. A total of $440,000 was awarded to five local non-profits in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, Health, Human Services and Environment.

 In partnership with LilySarahGrace, a national organization that awards grants for Arts-Infused Inquiry-Based Learning (AIIBL) classroom projects, ourBRIDGE will enhance its current literacy and STEAM focused curriculum through an infusion of art.  This initiative will maximize the level of engagement of ourBRIDGE students, helping them express themselves through their unique cultures and further increasing the likelihood of improved academic performance.

“Without extra academic support, immigrant and refugee children are especially vulnerable to academic failure,” said Sil Ganzó, Founder and Executive Director of ourBRIDGE.  “This grant will help create game-changing enhancements to our already successful after school curriculum.”

“We are excited to award a grant to ourBRIDGE for KIDS for their After School Creative Arts and Learning Program,” said Kathleen O’Bannon, Chair of Women’s Impact Fund’s Grants Committee. “We look forward to ourBRIDGE putting these funds towards important work in our community. We are especially proud this grant is part of a milestone year for Women’s Impact Fund, surpassing $5 million in total grants awarded.”  

Learn more about ourBRIDGE and the organization’s innovative instructional methods that help refugee and immigrant children achieve academic success at


About Women’s Impact Fund

 Since 2003, Women’s Impact Fund has amplified the significant role women play in philanthropy. Its mission is to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating members, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving. With over 450 members, the organization has emerged as one of the largest women’s collective giving groups in the country and continues to create powerful change within Mecklenburg County. To date, Women’s Impact Fund has made 64 grants totaling over $5 million. For more information, visit


About ourBRIDGE for KIDS 

ourBRIDGE for KIDS focuses on children of immigrant and refugee families, helping them achieve academic success and integration into the community through innovative instructional methods and an embracement of cultural diversity.  The organization’s after school program partners with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and currently supports 78 children who represent 22 different cultures from three Title I elementary schools (K-5).  For more information, visit

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