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Crittenton of North Carolina Receives $2 Million Gift From the Yield Giving Open Call  

Charlotte, NC, March 19, 2024 – Today, MacKenzie Scott’s Yield Giving announced Crittenton of North Carolina as one of the Yield Giving Open Call’s awardees working with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States. Crittenton of North Carolina received a $2 million grant.

Crittenton of North Carolina provides a safe place for women, girls and children in need to heal and grow and has served over 45,000 individuals since 1903.

In March 2023, Yield Giving launched an Open Call for community-led, community-focused organizations whose explicit purpose is to enable individuals and families to achieve substantive improvement in their well-being through foundational resources.

“As an organization that exists to support and empower girls and women, the impact is so profound when a donor chooses to support and empower us,” said Jada B. Charley, CEO of Crittenton of North Carolina. “This transformational gift will allow us to create so many opportunities; for the families we serve, for the staff who dedicate themselves to our mission daily, and for the greater community. We are thankful and humbled to have been chosen.”

The Open Call received 6,353 applications and initially planned for 250 awards of $1 million each. In the Fall of 2023, organizations top-rated by their peers advanced to a second round of review by an external Evaluation Panel recruited for experience relevant to this cause and underwent a final round of due diligence. In light of the incredible work of these organizations, as judged by their peers and external panelists, the donor team decided to expand the awardee pool and the award amount. Crittenton of North Carolina is honored to have been selected as one of the highest-scoring organizations from across the country and received a $2 million gift.

“We are excited that our partnership with Yield Giving has resonated with so many organizations,” said Cecilia Conrad, CEO of Lever for Change. “In a world teeming with potential and talent, the Open Call has given us an opportunity to identify, uplift, and empower transformative organizations that often remain unseen.” More information on the Yield Giving Open Call and other initiatives can be found at

Crittenton of North Carolina

Crittenton of North Carolina is a Charlotte based nonprofit that houses and provides wraparound services for pregnant women experiencing homelessness or housing instability, young mothers and their babies in foster care, and teenage girls aging out of the foster care system. Crittenton’s residential programs are interventions designed to address disparities in access to healthcare, therapy, support services, life skills training and community resources. Crittenton provides a space for clients to heal from past trauma, gain life skills and work towards long-term goals that will improve their economic mobility and family stability. Crittenton is hosting their annual Creating Better Tomorrows Luncheon on May 15th where guests can learn more about the transformational work of this organization. To learn more, visit

Yield Giving

Established by MacKenzie Scott to share a financial fortune created through the effort of countless people, Yield Giving is named after a belief in adding value by giving up control. To date, Yield’s network of staff and advisors has yielded over $16,500,000,000 to 1,900+ non-profit teams to use as they see fit for the benefit of others. To learn more, visit

Lever for Change

Lever for Change connects donors with bold solutions to the world’s biggest problems—including issues like racial inequity, gender inequality, lack of access to economic opportunity, and climate change. Using an inclusive, equitable model and due diligence process, Lever for Change creates customized challenges and other tailored funding opportunities. Top-ranked teams and challenge finalists become members of the Bold Solutions Network—a growing global network that helps secure additional funding, amplify members’ impact, and accelerate social change. Founded in 2019 as a nonprofit affiliate of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Lever for Change has influenced over $1.7 billion in grants to date and provided support to more than 145 organizations. To learn more, visit