Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Allied Impact Fund?
A financial assistance program focused on providing economic support to individuals, families, and business owners affected by COVID-19 and not served by the current paradigm to ensure a stronger tomorrow.
What are the goals of the Allied Impact Fund?
- Raise funding support to issue microgrants to local grassroots organizations focused on community aid
- Provide relevant, community-informed assistance to East and South LA neighborhoods
- Create an ecosystem of resources for grantees to access additional aid services (education for recovery planning)
Who are the funders?
USC Civic Engagement, Citibank, Ally Bank, and USC Credit Union
Who are the allies (recipients) of the Allied Impact Fund?
The current list of allies is below, but we’re always looking for opportunities to expand our project’s scope and add more allies in the future. This list will always be changing and growing:
The RightWay Foundation
- Employment/ Mental Health/ Foster Youth
- The RightWay Foundation works with current and/or emancipated foster and re-entry youth to move from a point of pain and disappointment to a point of power, productivity, and self-sufficiency.
- We believe: Foster Care Transition Age Youth (TAY) deserve to transition to safe, comfortable self-sufficiency when they exit from the foster care system. As long as foster care youth can easily access a proper support system, they can thrive in adulthood. The supportive tools foster youth need include: housing, therapy, job placement, financial literacy, career counseling, and education.
- Education / Community Empowerment
- Based in Boyle Heights, Proyecto Pastoral is a community building organization working in the east side of Los Angeles. Over 5,000 children and families are reached each year through our efforts. We believe that effective solutions to community challenges must be designed and implemented in close partnership with our community residents. Residents serve as members of our Board of Directors, and as leaders in the Safety, Education, and Community Development committees of our Comunidad en Movimiento (CEM) program; the Parent Ambassador program of our Early Education Centers; and the governance structure of the Promesa Boyle Heights collaborative.
T.R.U.S.T South LA
- Housing & Community Support
- T.R.U.S.T. South LA is a community-based effort that works to stabilize the neighborhoods south of Downtown LA, where increased property values and rents have pushed out many long-term residents. Our mission is to serve as a steward for community-controlled land; to be a catalyst for values-driven, community-serving development; to build awareness and community leadership in housing issues, transportation, and recreation; and to create programs and initiatives that encourage community building and economic opportunity.
- Housing/ Food Insecurity/ Financial Assistance
- Since its founding in 1983, when thousands of Central Americans fled the brutality of civil war, CARECEN has been working to change an unjust immigration system, win legal status for immigrants, and foster community activism on issues such as education reform, workers’ and immigrants’ rights, economic justice and community strengthening.
- CARECEN, the largest Central American immigrant rights organization in the country, empowers Central Americans and all immigrants by defending human and civil rights, working for social and economic justice, and promoting cultural diversity. We envision Los Angeles becoming a place where Central Americans and all other communities live in peace and dignity, enjoying economic well-being, social justice, and political empowerment.
How are Allies chosen?
We issued a request for proposal to local non-profit organizations along with our project outline to identify work being done in our community to offset the challenges presented by the pandemic. We voted internally based on intended impact for the following pillars; Income assistance, meal prep/delivery, mental health, education, and housing.
How can I help?
We are currently accepting donations to the Allied Impact Fund. Donate here. In the future, we hope to provide in-person volunteer opportunities and events to be actively involved in helping our allies and community. Keep an eye out for additional information about these opportunities.
What’s your contact information?
To learn more about the Allied Impact Fund, USC Credit Union’s financial education resources, or simply know someone that could benefit from our program or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org