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Inspiring Service recognized by Starbucks Foundation, Points of Light

Inspiring Service and its Cincinnati active nonprofit guide, Cincinnati Cares, won the third largest grant in a nationwide competition sponsored by the Starbucks Foundation.

The Cincinnati-based nonprofit was among 20 organizations to receive funding from Starbucks from nearly 70 applicants in a grant competition administered by the Atlanta-based Points of Light Foundation.

Chicago Cares received the highest amount, $50,000, followed by Hands On Atlanta at $35,000, and then Inspiring Service, which received $25,000. Five other organizations also received $25,000: Pittsburgh Cares, Boston Cares, Hands On Broward, L.A. Works and the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz, California.

Inspiring Service, founded in 2017, is the newest organization among the 20 recipients to receive funding, aimed at supporting the organizations’ COVID-19 recovery efforts and work that increases diversity, equity and inclusion in volunteer engagement. 

Cincinnati Cares became a Points of Light affiliate in early 2020 after being named in 2019 the Ohio hub by POL for its Service Enterprise change-management program geared toward improving how nonprofits engage volunteers.

The selection committee included members of Points of Light staff and board, Starbucks Foundation staff and Starbucks Foundation Service Fellows.

“It was incredible to see how Points of Light affiliates across the country are building community resilience as they recover from COVID-19 and strengthening their commitment to developing more inclusive and equitable programs, said Natalye Paquin, Points of Light chief executive officer.

Other recipients of grants included a United Way in Michigan and volunteer centers in Dallas, New Orleans, Arlington, Va., San Francisco, Nashville, Alexandria, Va. and North Carolina.

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