As the founder’s hometown, Prince George’s County, Maryland was a natural focus area for Pull Up Fund. The county is well-known for its proximity to Washington, D.C., its diversity and for being one of the nation’s wealthiest Black communities. Still, many residents encounter structural barriers that can too often limit their access to affordable housing, quality education, and high-demand career training programs.
With racial equity and justice in mind, Pull Up Fund will seek to bolster efforts that help foster tangible development opportunities and provide real impact for the county’s residents.
of the Prince George’s County student population is economically disadvantaged. Pull Up Fund resources organizations that help to ensure socioeconomic status is not a barrier to success.
Immigrants represent a fifth of the Prince George’s County population.
Pull Up Fund provides capital to organizations that help immigrants establish Prince George’s County as their home.
Over 70,000 Prince George’s County residents are unemployed.
Pull Up Fund is helping to create and build programs that equip the public with training and tools to prepare them for the workforce and higher education.
Check out what some of our grantees are doing in their communities:
CASA is an immigrant power-building nonprofit in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area that supports undocument immigrants and mixed status families. During COVID-19, CASA leveraged Pull Up Fund resources to continue to support families with health and social services navigation, access to testing and health appointments, and families in isolation.
households served through the CASA de Maryland Solidarity Fund, which disbursed $124,500 to undocumented and underbanked populations in initial aftermath of COVID-19 outbreak
households served through CASA’s food delivery program
The Greater Washington Community Foundation (GWCF) exists to Build Thriving Communities by providing community leadership, inspiring local giving, promoting civic engagement, and guiding strategic philanthropy. Leveraging Pull Up Fund support and a partnership with FSC First (FSC), GWCF was able to deploy $1M via its Legacy Fund for Small Business Development to support the small/minority-owned business community in Prince George’s County.
small businesses received an average of $5,600
jobs retained during the COVID-19 pandemic
Through the Legacy Fund we hope to preserve the small business infrastructure, ensure job retention, drive economic development, and enable the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next, leaving a lasting legacy for families and Prince George’s County.
— Tonia Wellons, Greater Washington Community Foundation
Pull Up Fund supports PGCMLS’ efforts to expand STEAM education, workforce development, and broadband access programming throughout Prince George’s County, Maryland, in conjunction with the PGCMLS Foundation. This includes PGCMLS’ Online2Go programs which helped provide internet access and computer equipment to individuals and families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming years, this will include the PGCMLS Commons, which will focus on addressing systemic inequities in the county through creative technical training, higher education supports, and leadership development programming.