Earlier this year, EBONY magazine put on a search for “ordinary folks doing extraordinary work in their communities every day.” Out the hundreds of nominees, the editors selected our founder, Darius, as one of its ten Heroes Next Door! The magazine feature profiles Darius’ background in founding DC Social Innovation Project and our accomplishments to-date. From the article:
“Some consider it ‘a calling,’ while others responded to a ‘call for action’ for communities in need. Whatever the lure, anyone is capable of being a change agent if offering assistance to those who require it most takes precedence in his or her life. We wanted to find people who fit this model, so we solicited readers to nominate someone they know who exemplifies an ordinary person committed to doing extraordinary things for others. Hundreds responded, but here are the 10 who stood out most. Meet EBONY’s inaugural class of Heroes Next Door.
“Struck by the disparities that existed within Washington, D.C., with the abundance of money, resources and opportunities in one part of the city and the dearth in other parts, Graham wanted to find a way to connect resources with needs and to empower people in their communities. In 2010, he founded the DC Social Innovation Project, which identifies and invests in novel ideas for tackling pressing social issues in the district. To date, the organization has awarded more than $100,000 in funding, consulting, legal and marketing services to support the launch of nine new ventures addressing issues such as unemployment, education reform and health disparities in D.C.’s low-income neighborhoods. ‘When I talk to the grantees we support, I know this is my purpose,’ Graham says.”