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Inaugural Cohort of Nonprofit Accelerator ASCEND:BLO

Accelerating and Stabilizing Communities through
Equitable Nonprofit Development of Black-Led Organizations


The Hidden Genius Project is proud to be among the following Black-led organizations (BLOs) selected as the inaugural ASCEND:BLO Nonprofit Accelerator Program cohort.


The ASCEND:BLO initiative seeks to:

  • Enhance the growth, sustainability, impact and sense of community among Black-led anchor institutions in the Bay Area in order to ensure the long-term vitality of those organizations and the communities of color they serve.
  • Apply a fresh, dynamic and replicable approach to collaborative capacity building that further develops the nonprofit sector with a lens towards race and equity.


The members of the inaugural cohort of the ASCEND:BLO Accelerator are:


African American Art and Culture Complex: Serving San Francisco’s Western Addition and Fillmore communities, the African American Art and Culture Complex “seeks to nurture and facilitate the empowerment of the African-American community through Afro-centric artistic and cultural expression, mediums, education, and programming.”


Black Organizing Project: Working in Oakland, the Black Organizing project is a “Black member-led community organization working for racial, social and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building in Oakland, California.”


Community Housing Development Corporation: Serving North Richmond and the greater East Bay, the Community Housing Development Corporation “was founded in 1990 to eliminate blight, improve housing opportunities for current and future residents, and create better economic conditions.”


The Hidden Genius Project: Serving Oakland, the greater East Bay, and San Francisco, The Hidden Genius Project “trains and mentors Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills to transform their lives and communities.”


Roots Community Health Center: Working in Oakland and the greater East Bay, the Roots Community Health Center is “dedicated to improving the status of health of East Bay residents.” The center was founded in 2008 to “address the growing need for accessible, culturally appropriate, community-responsive, comprehensive health care in Oakland, California.”


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