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The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc. Offers Accelerator Program for Six Local Non-Profits

SUITLAND, MARYLAND (February 27, 2023)- The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc., (Charities) is excited to announce the first cohort of nonprofits to participate in the Ivy Village Incubator for Nonprofit Excellence known as the Ivy VINE! “The Ivy VINE is designed to spur the economic development and capacity of emerging nonprofits in Prince George’s County and surrounding areas by providing an accelerator program of training workshops and networking opportunities to help grow community nonprofits,” stated Board President Cheryl W. Owens. The Ivy VINE also includes a $2 million construction project that includes a training center with podcast studio and a separate building to house office suites for participating nonprofits at little or no cost.

The six nonprofit partners in Cohort One of the Ivy VINE are:

1. Southern Prince George’s County Community Charities, Inc.- V’Nell DeCosta, Executive Director

2. Head to Speech, Inc. - Dr. Tabia Pope, Executive Director

3. Next Generation Youth Programs. Inc. – Dane Smith, Executive Director

4. It Takes a Village Collaborative, Inc. – Shoareged Phillpotts, Executive Director

5. The Aafiyah Project, Inc.- Dr. Demi Fauziyyah Adebo-Adelaja, Executive Director

6. The Right Fit, Inc.- Alesha Wilson, Executive Director

All selected nonprofit partners will receive approximately five hours of professional coaching support and training workshops each month over the next two years of the program. Each nonprofit will receive complimentary membership in Maryland Nonprofits and Nonprofit Prince George’s County, Inc., and throughout the two-year program will receive the guidance needed to earn Maryland Nonprofits Standards for Excellence recognition. Each nonprofit will also be eligible to receive a grant award at the end of the program worth up to $5000 for general operations and program support. “Charities is proud to do our share to meet the County’s strategic plan to advance nonprofits as stalwarts of excellence in the business community,” shared Charities’ Executive Director Cheryl Petty Garnette. Applications for the second cohort are scheduled to be posted in late fall 2024.

For more information about the Ivy VINE program, please contact Cheryl Petty Garnette, Executive Director of The Ivy Community Charities of Prince George’s County, Inc. at or 301-702-7312.

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