We are the proud recipients of a generous grant from Stanford University's Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society!
After a rigorous vetting process led by students as part of a course called "Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector," The Gracias Foundation was selected based on its trauma healing program for survivors of sexual and gender based violence. Stanford students also chose to grant additional funding for building capacity and growing the impact of The Gracias Foundation.
Gracias President, Amy Paulson, accepted the grant in June at an event on the Stanford campus, together with students, class and department faculty, and six other Bay Area nonprofits who also received grants this year.
Thank you to Stanford University for believing in the efficacy of our work! We are deeply honored and humbled to receive this grant award. Read on for the Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
THE GRACIAS FOUNDATION AWARDED GRANT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAUMA HEALING WORK BY STANFORD UNIVERSITY
The Gracias Foundation was chosen to receive the grant through a rigorous process led by university students participating in a course called “Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector.” The trauma healing project was particularly interesting for students focused on international development and the prevention of human trafficking.
“This is really an incredible honor for many reasons,” said Amy Paulson, President and Co-Founder of The Gracias Foundation. “Stanford University has always been at the forefront of innovation – and this trauma healing project is truly a new paradigm for healing. Based on the Safe Embrace Trauma Healing curriculum, an innovative program created by our Vice President and Co-Founder, Elayne Doughty, MA, MFT, this approach challenges the Western concept of psychotherapy as a process led solely by mental health experts by placing the tools for healing directly into the hands of the women and girls who most need to find their inner strength and wisdom and empower them to heal others in their community.”
“Getting additional support from Stanford to help grow our impact in the world is also such an honor. Creating systems for sustainability, monitoring and evaluation, and building further capacity all require resources. We are truly grateful to Stanford for believing in the efficacy of our work.”
Six other Bay Area nonprofits were awarded grants through the Theories of Civil Society class, with funding sponsored by the Once Upon a Time Foundation, Pears Foundation, Skirball Foundation and anonymous PACS donors.
ABOUT The Gracias Foundation
The Gracias Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit that empowers vulnerable women, children, and young adults with resources to lead dignified and self-sustainable lives. Built on the principle that every life deserves dignity, the Foundation’s holistic approach covers a range of needs tailored to each community – from education to job and leadership skills training, to trauma healing, and more – and works in partnership with local changemakers, ensuring that locals are at the forefront of helping their own communities. Since 2012, The Gracias Foundation has launched grassroots projects benefiting women and children in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Nepal. www.graciasfoundation.org
ABOUT The Stanford Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society
The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society and effect social change. Stanford PACS is a research center for students, scholars and practitioners to explore and share ideas that create social change. Its primary participants are Stanford faculty, visiting scholars, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and nonprofit and foundation practitioners. As publisher of Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), Stanford PACS informs policy and social innovation, philanthropic investment and nonprofit practice. SSIR is shared intellectual space where scholars and practitioners publish inter-disciplinary and cross sector research and ideas to advance social change.
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