Mailchimp Community College
Mailchimp Community College
Mailchimp Community College is taught by community organizers and nonprofit leaders who examine equity through issues like affordable housing, criminal justice, and transportation.
At Mailchimp, we wanted to develop individual leaders within our company and empower them to act as leaders in our community. So, we partnered with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to take our intentional first step, and Mailchimp Community College was born.
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Atlanta is one of the least equitable cities in the United States. Every day, powerful systemic forces make it harder and harder for many of our neighbors to succeed or even keep up. As a business, Mailchimp’s purpose is to give underdogs the tools to succeed. As a neighbor, that’s our instinct, too.
So, in early2017
we convened our inaugural Mailchimp Community College cohort, which consisted of 12 Mailchimp employees from across departments. We wanted to give these participants a broad survey of their community, the challenges it faces, and the work being done within it.
Throughout the program, dozens of civic leaders, nonprofit executives, and community organizers joined us for deep conversations about the work they do and the challenges they face. Four core themes ran through these sessions: Atlanta’s equity gap, philanthropy, corporate citizenship, and inspiring positive change. Armed with these themes, we got to work.
Jamil Zainaldin, retired president of the Georgia Humanities Council Sandra Barnhill, National Executive Director of Forever Family Jamil Zainaldin, retired president of the Georgia Humanities Council Sandra Barnhill, National Executive Director of Forever Family
We visited local nonprofits for a first-hand look at their work and awarded a total of $200,000 in grants to effective, excellent organizations addressing equity in Atlanta. To date our two cohorts have awarded the following grants:
$28,750 for Project DREAM, an after-school program in Atlanta’s Vine City.
$100,000 for their advocacy for GA businesses hiring justice-involved persons.
$16,250 for the organization’s mission, vision, and staff development.
$35,500 to expand voting rights and protect women’s civil liberties in Georgia.
$26,000 to educate and empower refugee women as they enter the workforce.
$18,000 to serve the families of immigrants detained at Stewart Detention Center.
$55,000 for services that support new Americans on their paths to citizenship.
$35,500 to equip Latino families through networks for social and mental support.
Mailchimp Community College has helped our employees identify ways to affect real change, but new challenges keep arising. We’re committed to growing this program and finding new paths to sustainable equity in the wake of a global pandemic.