Elements of Strong, Award-Winning Grant Proposals, by Kia Croom

  I had the pleasure of partnering with TeQuionBrookins LLC, a Black-woman-owned firm, to present a workshop detailing what elements make for robust and award-winning grant proposals.” These vital elements must be included in a given grant application or proposal.” • Executive Summary • Statement of Need (AKA Problem Statement) • Project Description • Impact, […]

Cocktails, Conversations & Lessons in Philanthropy S1 E2: Be You, They’ll Adjust!

Fund development expert, author, and philanthropist Crystal Hadnott and Kia Croom, nonprofit fundraiser, and digital marketer, discuss authenticity and how activating it has positively impacted their careers. Cocktails, Conversations, and Lessons in Philanthropy features leaders candidly sharing lessons they’ve learned while navigating their careers in the nonprofit & philanthropy space. These conversations promote narrative change […]

Corporations committed $50 billion to Black communities: How it started, how it’s going

      Last summer several American corporations made public statements condemning George Floyd’s murder, affirming that Black Lives Matter and pledging $50 billion in support of Black communities, according to a study from Creative Investment Research. However, since then, just $250 million has been committed or allocated, according to the firms’ analysis. Most of […]

Citizens Outraged as the Deaths of Black Women Soar

NAM/Washington Informer, News Feature, Kia Croom Amid the bustling streets of Washington, D.C., in the midst of Monday morning traffic, a growing body of protesters could be heard for blocks. “Change the game, time is coming! Change the game, we’re getting ready!” they sang. The Reverend Jamal Bryant, pastor of Baltimore’s Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal […]

“There is Life After a Positive HIV Test” Says Hydeia Broadbent

Hydeia Broadbent’s story captivated America when at the age of six she emerged on the scene as the world’s youngest HIV/AIDS activist. A beautiful, well-spoken child, she wise beyond her years and living with HIV. She had contracted the virus congenitally from her mother who was addicted to drugs. “I was not supposed to live […]

Dr. King’s Letter From Birmingham Jail Still Speaks to Us

On April 12, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., along with 53 members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR), launched the Birmingham Campaign— to put economic pressure on local merchants and government through a series of non-violent protests during the Easter shopping season. Dr. King and […]

Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation Saves Richmond Little League Games

After learning of a recent break-in at the Richmond Little League’s Nichol Park concession stand, Lefty O’Doul’s Foundation for Kids presented coach and league Vice President Thomas Gary with a $1,500 check to recover stolen equipment and concessions. The foundation also treated players to dinner and provided them with commemorative t-shirts and hats. “I was […]

League of Women Voters Elects New Officers

The League of Women Voters West Contra Costa County held its annual meeting recently where it announced newly elected board member. Kia Croom was elected president. She is as the first-ever African-American and youngest president elect in the history of the league. “It’s a true honor to be elected to such a prestigious office with […]

Kia Croom Advocates for Her Community

Writer Kia Croom has always been an advocate for those in need. As program director at the Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP), she has helped provide services to homeless individuals and families, including emergency shelter and transitional housing, a resource center and serving meals 365 days a year. Holding a bachelors degree in journalism, a […]

Youth homelessness on the rise in Richmond

Continuously over the last four years, Jessica Comstock, 22, has been homeless, relying on a network of local emergency shelters for her survival. She is just one of a growing number of young people between the ages of 18-24 who are slipping into homelessness in the city of Richmond and throughout Contra Costa County. According […]