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Yelp Foundation Gives Local Grant Winners 2016

I’m excited to announce the names of nearly 200 local nonprofits that are this year’s winners of Yelp Foundation Gives Local grants! In total, the Yelp Foundation will contribute $640,000 toward 192 local nonprofit organizations, with grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 going to each of three winners in 64 cities nationwide. See the full list below and at, and spot grant winners by looking for this official badge.

Yelp Foundation Gives Local 2016 grant winner badge

The Yelp Foundation Gives Local contest drew more than 180,000 votes from Yelp users and lots of support from voters and nonprofits on social media with #YFGivesLocal. To date, the Yelp Foundation has donated more than $4 million to charity through the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest and Yelp employee donation-matching. Learn more about the Yelp Foundation at

Thanks to everyone who voted in this year’s contest. I can’t wait to see what each of these worthy nonprofits is able to accomplish with their grants in the coming year!

2016 Yelp Foundation Gives Local Grant Winners

First place winners received grants of $5,000, second place received $3,000 grants, and third place received $2,000 grants.

Albuquerque, NM

1st: Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum of Albuquerque

2nd: Heading Home

3rd: Reading Works, Inc.

Atlanta, GA

1st: Everybody Wins! Atlanta, Inc.

2nd: WINGS for kids Inc.

3rd: Literacy Action, Inc

Austin, TX

1st: Girls Empowerment Network (GENaustin)

2nd: Austin Food & Wine Alliance

3rd: Sustainable Food Center

Baltimore, MD + Burbs, MD

1st: South Baltimore Learning Corporation

2nd: Reading Partners

3rd: Literacy Council of Frederick County, Inc.

Baton Rouge, LA

1st: Baton Rouge Youth Coalition (BRYC)

2nd: Kids’ Orchestra

3rd: LCI Foundation

Birmingham, AL

1st: Better Basics, Inc.

2nd: Redemptive Cycles

3rd: Huntsville Inner City Learning Center (HICLC)

Boston, MA

1st: Science Club for Girls

2nd: Generations Incorporated

3rd: Playworks

Broward Palm Beach, FL

1st: Best Foot Forward Foundation

2nd: Young At Art Museum

3rd: Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc.

Buffalo, NY

1st: Buffalo Arts and Technology Center

2nd: Westminster Economic Development Initiative

3rd: WNY Women’s Foundation

Charleston, SC

1st: Reading Partners

2nd: Trident Literacy Association, Inc.

3rd: Center for Women

Charlotte, NC

1st: Project Scientist

2nd: Reading Partners

3rd: Digi-Bridge

Chicagoland, IL

1st: Math Circles of Chicago

2nd: Accion Chicago

3rd: Spark Program, Inc.

Cincinnati, OH

1st: WordPlay Cincy

2nd: UpSpring

3rd: Education Matters

Cleveland, OH

1st: Cleveland Kids Book Bank

2nd: EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

3rd: Early Childhood Resource Center

Columbus, OH

1st: Columbus Literacy Council

2nd: Community for New Direction

3rd: Economic and Community Development Institute, Inc.

Dallas + Fort Worth, TX

1st: Girls Inc. of Tarrant County

2nd: Tarrant Literacy Coalition

3rd: Feed the Mind, Inc

Denver, CO

1st: Reading Partners Colorado

2nd: Boys and Girls Club of the Pikes Peak Region

3rd: Adams County Youth Initiative

Des Moines, IA

1st: Everybody Wins! Iowa

2nd: Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

3rd: I Have a Dream Foundation

Detroit, MI

1st: Reading Works

2nd: 826michigan

3rd: Detroit Literacy Coalition

Hampton Roads + Virginia Beach, VA

1st: ForKids, inc.

2nd: Downtown Hampton Child Development Center

3rd: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula

Hartford, CT

1st: Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford

2nd: Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, Inc.

3rd: Hartford Public Library

Honolulu, HI

1st: Hawaii Literacy, Inc.

2nd: Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

3rd: Mana Maoli

Houston, TX

1st: HITS Theatre

2nd: Literacy Advance of Houston, Inc

3rd: Houston Children’s Charity

Indianapolis, IN

1st: Gradway

2nd: Indy Reads

3rd: Nine 13, Inc

Jacksonville, FL

1st: Communities In Schools of Nassau County

2nd: Learn to Read, Inc.

3rd: Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.

Jersey City, New Jersey

1st: New City Kids

2nd: Rising Tide Capital

3rd: Philip’s Education Partners

Kansas City, MO

1st: Higher M-Pact

2nd: Sunrise Project

3rd: Phoenix Family Housing Corporation

Las Vegas, NV

1st: The Embracing Project

2nd: Communities In Schools of Nevada – Southern Nevada

3rd: Three Square

Los Angeles, CA

1st: Lincoln Heights Tutorial Program

2nd: Reading Partners

3rd: Project Scientist

Louisville, KY

1st:Family and Children’s Place

2nd: Family Scholar House

3rd: Burkesville Academy of Fine Arts

Madison, WI

1st: Sector67 Inc.

2nd: Literacy Network

3rd: Madison Reading Project

Miami, FL

1st: Orchestra Miami

2nd: Pace Center for Girls Miami (Pace Center for Girls, Inc.)

3rd: United Way of the Florida Keys

Milwaukee, WI

1st: St. Joseph Academy

2nd: PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc.

3rd: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Minneapolis, MN

1st: Reading Partners

2nd: Cookie Cart

3rd: Free Arts Minnesota

Nashville, TN

1st: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont

2nd: W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School

3rd: Thistle Farms, Inc.

New Jersey, NJ

1st: New City Kids

2nd: Rising Tide Capital

3rd: Philip’s Education Partners

New Orleans, LA

1st: Big Class

2nd: The Idea Village

3rd: APEX Community Advancement, Inc.

New York City Boroughs, NY

1st: READ 718, Inc

2nd: GO Project

3rd: Partnership for After School Education (PASE)

Northern Virginia, VA

1st: Literacy Council of Northern Virginia

2nd: STEM for Her

3rd: The Child & Family Network Centers

Oklahoma City, OK

1st: Community Literacy Centers

2nd: Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition

3rd: Neighborhood Services Organization

Omaha, NE

1st: Omaha Home for Boys

2nd: Omaha Community Playhouse

3rd: Food Bank for the Heartland

Orange County, CA

1st: Pretend City Children’s Museum

2nd: Project Access, Inc.

3rd: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tustin

Orlando, FL

1st: A Gift For Teaching, Inc.

2nd: Children’s Home Society of Florida

3rd: PACE Center for Girls Orange

Philadelphia, PA

1st: Mighty Writers

2nd: Philadelphia READS

3rd: Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia

Phoenix, AZ

1st: Treasures 4 Teachers

2nd: Child Crisis Arizona

3rd: Arizona Literacy & Learning Center

Pittsburgh, PA

1st: Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council

2nd: Learning Options, Inc.

3rd: Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Portland, ME

1st: Auburn Public Library

2nd: Denmark Arts Center

3rd: Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine

Portland, OR

1st: The Children’s Book Bank


3rd: AC Portland (Active Children Portland)

Providence, RI

1st: The College Crusade of Rhode Island

2nd: New Urban Arts

3rd: Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program (Fund for UCAP)

Raleigh-Durham, NC

1st: Durham Literacy Center

2nd: Dress for Success Triangle

3rd: YMCA of the Triangle

Reno, NV

1st: Sierra Arts Foundation

2nd: Sierra Nevada Journeys

3rd: Northern Nevada Literacy Council

Richmond, VA

1st: Children’s Museum of Richmond

2nd: Richmond CenterStage

3rd: Read to Them, Inc.

Rochester, NY

1st: Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc.

2nd: Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library

3rd: The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, Inc.

Sacramento, CA

1st: Reading Partners

2nd: Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project

3rd: California Main Street Alliance

Saint Louis, MO

1st: Ready Readers

2nd: The LaunchCode Foundation

3rd: Small Business Empowerment Center

Salt Lake City, UT

1st: Project Read

2nd: Local First Utah

3rd: Neighborhood House Association

San Antonio, TX

1st: SAY Si

2nd: SAReads

3rd: Culinaria

San Diego, CA

1st: San Diego Council on Literacy

2nd: Friends of the READ/San Diego Literacy Programs

3rd: United Through Reading

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

1st: Reading Partners

2nd: TMC Development Working Solutions

3rd: Playing At Learning

Seattle, WA

1st: Reading Partners

2nd: Friends of Youth

3rd: Fremont Abbey Arts

Tampa Bay, FL

1st: PACE Center for Girls. Inc.

2nd: Wheels of Success, Inc.

3rd: Center for Cyber Safety and Education

The Triad (includes Greensboro, WS, HP), NC

1st: Reading Connections, Inc.

2nd: Junior Achievement of the Triad, Inc.

3rd: Bookmarks

Tucson, AZ

1st: Literacy Connects

2nd: Heirloom Farmers Markets

3rd: SARSEF: Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation

Tulsa, OK

1st: Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

2nd: Youth Services of Tulsa

3rd: Emergency Infant Services

Washington DC

1st: Reading Partners

2nd: The Literacy Lab

3rd: Literacy Council of Montgomery County, MD