We’re excited to now be able to announce the recipients of our Beanstack Black Voices Microgrants.
See below for the full list of recipients, some highlights of what some of the projects will hope to accomplish, and more on the idea behind the microgrants.
The Beanstack Black Voices Microgrants will fund projects based on original project proposals from our customers. Check out some of their ideas:
We’re excited to see all the programs in action. Stay tuned for updates!
Back in June, in the wake of global unrest following the killings of George Floyd and others, our Co-Founder and Chief Client Success Officer Jordan Lloyd Bookey shared these words with our clients:
“Zoobean is our ‘third child’ with the core values of love, inclusion, and awesomeness that we established from the beginning. Now, we are recommitting especially to our value of inclusion and ensuring that we live up to it every single day.”
As many of you know, June and the following weeks are especially busy with summer reading challenges and the pending start of the new school year. Still, our Beanstack community leaned into these values and worked to support one another to translate this commitment to action. We hosted our “We Stand Together” Town Hall Meeting, where our clients discussed the events and brainstormed ways to address them. We worked with Cicely Lewis, creator of the Read Woke movement, to offer a Fireside Chat and turn Read Woke into a Beanstack challenge that everyone can use.
And finally, in August, we announced the Beanstack Black Voices Microgrants, to help our school and library clients advance social justice and equity initiatives in their own communities. It was important to us to take an action that would sustain beyond just the current news cycle and effect real change. We’re inspired by the ideas that applicants have imagined for their local communities, and we look forward to seeing their programs in action.
Congratulations again to all the grant recipients! Follow along with us on social media and here on the blog for updates about the Beanstack Black Voices Microgrant projects.