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Ashley Martin is a Goldman Sachs "Black Woman Impact" Leader

Goldman Sachs Awards Unrestricted Funding to Bethesda Center for the Homeless


Goldman Sachs awarded a Black Women Impact Grant to Bethesda Center for the Homeless. “We are so proud to be chosen as one of 50 agencies nationwide to receive this support. More than 800 applicants competed for this award”, said Ashley T. Martin, Associate Executive Director, who was also named a Black Women Impact leader.


“It is truly an honor to receive a Black Women Impact Grant from Goldman Sachs One Million Black Women. This partnership and opportunity will enhance the transition into stable housing for marginalized and vulnerable women across Forsyth County who need it most. It’s an investment in our mission, and to our entire community. With this philanthropic support, we will have access to unrestricted, multi-year funding to scale our programs which promote stable housing as we create opportunities daily through emergency and supportive services, empowering individuals to live stable lives. Our collective impact will also focus on the whole woman, to include mental and physical health through the most vulnerable time of their lives, with dignity. Out of my 17 years of nonprofit leadership, I’m honored as this award is close to my heart.”  


In partnership with Black-women-led organizations, financial institutions and other partners, Goldman Sachs has committed $10 billion in direct investment capital and $100 million in philanthropic capital over the next decade to address the dual disproportionate gender and racial biases that Black women have faced for generations, which have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. According to Goldman Sachs, “One Million Black Women invests through a multi-year grant program, scaling nonprofit organizations' efforts to address pivotal moments in Black women's lives. Fifty Black women-led and Black women-serving nonprofits receive grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000 over two years. Launched in partnership with Black women-led organizations, One Million Black Women is the largest commitment of its kind in size and scope to drive investment in housing; healthcare; access to capital; education; job creation and workforce advancement; digital connectivity; and financial health to narrow the dual opportunity gap faced by Black women due to gender and racial inequity, catalyzing economic growth, making for not only a fairer, but also a richer society. Bethesda Center for the Homeless is ever grateful for the partnership. Ashley T. Martin is humbled with the award. And our community feels reinvigorated to continue offering life-saving opportunities. We look forward to the results of this collaboration. Connect with us online to join our movement!


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