Luxury icon Gucci lavishes hardworking Houston young people's nonprofit with generous grant
A Houston-based nonprofit that actively empowers young people to push for social change, diversity, protection, and inclusivity is cashing in — thanks to a global luxury brand.
Global fashion design house Gucci has just announced the recipients of its fourth round of the Gucci North America Changemakers Impact Fund and Scholars Program. Specifically, 12 organizations and 12 scholars have been selected for their visionary efforts in designing a better future.
United We Dream, a local nonprofit, has been selected as one of the 12 recipients among the latest round of grantees. For their efforts, the organization will receive a grant of $50,000 for a one-year funding cycle. This financial support will help create new programs and scale up existing initiatives, according to a Gucci announcement.
One of the largest immigrant youth-led communities in the country, United We Dream's mission is "to create a safe haven, welcoming young people regardless of immigration status and empowering them to raise their voices and make a tangible impact in the Houston community," per the nonprofit.
Highlighting a commitment to diversity and inclusivity, the organization boasts a membership of more than 60 percent women, and 20 percent identifying as LGBTQ.
Greisa Martinez Rosas, executive director of United We Dream, one of the 12 winners selected by Gucci Chagemakers North America. Photo courtesy of Gucci
Since its inception in 2019, Gucci Changemakers Awards has seen more than 2,100 organizations and 4,000 students apply for the coveted opportunities. In turn, Gucci has awarded more than $5.5 million in grants to more than 50 nonprofit organizations and scholarships for more than 70 students.