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GlobalGiving Awards COVID-19 Relief Grants from Red Backpack Fund by The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation

(Washington, DC) June 12, 2020 - GlobalGiving is proud to announce that more than 400 women entrepreneurs from across the United States have now been selected to receive $5,000 relief and recovery grants from The Red Backpack Fund to combat the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation donated $5 million to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19 and teamed up with GlobalGiving to establish The Red Backpack Fund. The 200 recipients are the first to be awarded grants from the fund. In total, at least 1,000 women entrepreneurs will receive $5,000 grants from the fund from now through August 2020 thanks to Sara Blakely’s gift.

In addition to the grant, each recipient will also receive a free all-access pass to MasterClass, which includes Sara Blakely’s class on entrepreneurship, and a “lucky” red backpack. Sara Blakely started Spanx with her “lucky” red backpack from college, and it has become a symbol to The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation of starting small while dreaming big.

“My hope is that this gift will help alleviate some of the pressures caused by this horrible pandemic. Twenty years ago, I started Spanx with $5,000 in savings, and I see this as a time to pay it forward. Small business is the backbone of our culture. I know what it’s like to be a small business owner, and I want to provide some relief to these entrepreneurs during this time,” said Spanx Founder Sara Blakely.

Thousands of business owners and nonprofit founders from cities and towns across the United States and its territories applied to receive a grant from The Red Backpack Fund to combat COVID-19 economic hardships. The first 200 recipients of the Fund underwent GlobalGiving’s rigorous vetting process and were selected for the grant based on their outstanding applications, urgent need for COVID-19 relief, and demonstrated capacity to overcome COVID-19 setbacks.

The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation partnered with GlobalGiving, a 501(c)(3) organization with nearly two decades of grantmaking experience, to establish and manage The Red Backpack Fund. GlobalGiving has assembled a 100% women-led team to lead the grantee selection process. The team includes grant specialists, social workers, female entrepreneurs, analysts, and monitoring and evaluation experts.

"We're proud to deliver on the promise of The Red Backpack Fund and to bring good news to brave women entrepreneurs across the United States who are persevering through the COVID-19 crisis," said GlobalGiving CEO Alix Guerrier.

Learn more about The Red Backpack Fund at www.globalgiving.org/redbackpackfund.

Red Backpack Fund Round 2 Recipients Include:

  • 20-20 EyeVenue
  • A Different Kind of Chick
  • A Velvet Window, LLC
  • Accelerate Retail Partners
  • Acupuncture & Wellness of Cordova, LLC
  • Ali Cox & Company, Inc.
  • All Star Pet Hotel & Day Care LLC
  • Anavo Solutions
  • Animalia
  • Another Tomorrow Inc
  • Apiari
  • Arkansas Twister All-Stars
  • Assembly Creators Market
  • Atlys Media
  • Barre CGE LLC
  • Bask + Being
  • Beauty Cult
  • Benjamin Academy
  • Beotis Creative LLC
  • Big Picture Gallery & Studio
  • Bikkle, LLC
  • Blackwell Consulting LLC
  • Blazing Fresh Donuts
  • Bombshell Beauty Bar: Centerville
  • Bon Communications LLC
  • Boulo Solutions
  • Bow chika Wow Town
  • Breck & Co. Floral
  • Brewpoint Coffee
  • Burg & Co. Marketing
  • Burnett New York
  • Center Stage Clothiers LLC
  • Center Stage Performing Arts Academy LLC
  • Climate Justice Initiative
  • Clove & Cedar Coffeebar
  • Collective615
  • Commonality Architecture PLC
  • Communication Zone
  • Contessa Construction Services
  • Copper Door Properties Corporation
  • Country-Aire Kennels LLC
  • CraftWorx LLC
  • Creative Community LLC
  • Crescent Moon of South Haven
  • Cuddly Ventures LLC
  • DANETTE MCNEW DDS, PLLC
  • Darling Media
  • Daybreak Dental
  • Deerfield Farm Equestrian LLC
  • Del Lago Retail Group
  • Della Porta EyeCare LLC
  • Dentistry of the Oaks
  • Divinitree Yoga Studio - Santa Barbara
  • Elements Urban Arts Collective, LLC
  • elevateHER
  • Empower Work
  • Encore, LLC
  • EntryPoint
  • Erin Andrews Media Inc.
  • Escapism LLC
  • Ewebiquitous, LLC
  • Fancywork Yarn Shop
  • Financial Forensic Group, P.A.
  • Five One Labs
  • Fly with Breeze Inc.
  • Focus Family Eyecare PLLC
  • Force Industries LLC
  • Freeleaf LLC
  • Glander Family Chiropractic
  • Global Wordsmiths
  • Grace Massih LLC
  • Harbor Counseling Services
  • Heartspark Press
  • Hello Neighbor
  • Hey Good Look'n Salon and Spa, Inc.
  • Homewood Bagel Company
  • Hudson and Associates, LLC
  • Indigo Healing Acupuncture PLLC
  • Inland Family Optometry
  • Ivy and Lace Bake Shop
  • J&G Pallets, Inc.
  • Jackson Nuckolls Group
  • JM Events LLC
  • Jobworx
  • Jubilee Dollhouse LLC
  • KaliCollection
  • Karat School Project (KSP)
  • Kaydin LLC, DBA: Excel Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Kennedy Sue Gift & Home
  • Keystone Applied Behavior Analysis, LLC
  • Kidcreate Studio
  • Kimman's Co.
  • KindWorkKuga Designs
  • Lanco Barre Fitness LLC
  • Launchpad for Learning LLC
  • Le Village Cowork
  • Lemonade PR
  • Levitate Agency
  • Lilla & Beth
  • Lincoln Park Dance + Move
  • Little Learner’s Preparatory Academy
  • Lucky Ones Coffee
  • Luz Collective, Inc
  • Minni
  • Mission Bowling Club
  • Monterey Bay Food Tours
  • MOVE Inclusive Dance
  • Museum of Children's Art
  • My Little Farmer LLC
  • Nailbed & Bar, LLC
  • Napa Acupuncture Practice
  • Neema Fine Art Gallery Inc
  • NITARCH LLC
  • Noire LLC
  • Nova Bossa, LLC
  • Nova Collective, LLC
  • NSFH Inc. (Strings for Hope)
  • Nurse Next Door Dallas NW
  • NWON Opportunities, LLC
  • Nyssa
  • Oh You're LovelyOKC Partners
  • Olea Farm
  • Olly Makes Bakery
  • On Three Designs, LLC
  • oneTILT
  • Papillon 25
  • Parallel Architecture Studio LLC
  • Pegasus Intertransport
  • Peifer Psychology // Onward + Outward Psychotherapy
  • PEPTALKHER
  • Pfit Studios LLC
  • Pineapple Porch LLC
  • POETIC
  • Pro3 Services
  • Providence Women’s Healthcare
  • Rachell Richman, DDS,PLLC
  • Raise for Good
  • Reveal Hair Studio LLC
  • Revolution Physical Therapy NYC
  • RJC Baby Services DBA "metta baby"
  • Rumors Boutique
  • Salon Mii No.2
  • Sasha M Davidson, LLC
  • Savor Patisserie
  • Seattle Cornerstone Dental
  • Seeds of Wonder Journey School
  • Sesay Enterprises LLC
  • Sharon's Flowers
  • Sharp Educators
  • She Flies Solo LLC, DBA Nurses Travel Network
  • SheFactor
  • SightLine, Inc.
  • Ski Shop LLC
  • Slick Chicks
  • Social U, LLC
  • Sockshop Haight Street
  • SoundBite Chicago INC
  • Southside ABA LLC
  • STAR Enterprises
  • Street Theory Gallery
  • Sudsy Mutt
  • Surf and Turf Therapy
  • Sweet Yield Studio
  • Synchronicity Events
  • Ta Da Gymnastics
  • Terra Shepherd Boutique
  • The ADI Law Firm PC
  • The Barn Owl Books and Gifts
  • The Bridal Finery
  • The Captain’s Lady - Boutique & Gifts
  • The Giant Room
  • The Hello Company
  • The Hippie Fish
  • The Joy Bar
  • The Little Rag Quilt
  • The Local Yarn Store
  • The Market on Washington
  • The Restoration Space, LLC
  • The Ruby
  • The Storybook School
  • Thread Coffee Roasters, Inc.
  • Tkiya Music Inc.
  • Transformative Business Solutions, LLC
  • Troika Crafts LLC
  • Truong Accounting Services
  • Turkish Coffee Lady, Inc
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Store LLC
  • Upper Dublin Pediatric Dentistry
  • Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center
  • Upper Valley Child Advocacy Center
  • Urgent & Primary Care of Clarksdale
  • Vino Zona LLC
  • Viva Voluptuous Inc
  • Weddings by Weaver
  • WildBride
  • Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming
  • Work At It
  • Yoga Factory LLC DBA District Flow
  • Yris Contreras Agency, Inc.

Red Backpack Fund Round 1 Recipients Include:

  • 30/60/90 Fitness
  • About Face Organic Skincare Studio
  • Absolutely Clean | Time in A Bottle
  • Advising Generation Z
  • Aeriform Arts Inc
  • Airotique Movement LLC
  • Ajana Therapy & Clinical Services
  • All Good Things
  • Amazing Lash Studio
  • Amrapali, LLC
  • Anuco Rx
  • Arena Training Institute
  • Athena Fitness and Wellness
  • Atlanta Kruzin Kidz, Inc.
  • aUM Yoga, DBA Polarity
  • Backyard Healthcare Project
  • Bank Square Books,Inc.
  • Beyond Beauty School
  • Beyond the Boundaries
  • Black Caviar
  • BOE-TEL Communications, LLC
  • Brain Advancement Center
  • Breaking Barre
  • Brooklyn Meditation
  • Cat Tales Cat Cafe, LLC
  • Catalyst Ranch
  • Cera wax studio
  • Ceresa LLC
  • Cha-Ching Consignments
  • Chatterbox pediatric therapy
  • Cheesemonster studio
  • Cherry Creek Dance
  • Chester County Drawing Classes LLC
  • Chicago Pet Sitters
  • CLAD360, LLC
  • Close to the Heart LLC
  • Core of Glens Falls, LLC
  • Couture Bridal Co.
  • CrossFit Fresno
  • Custom Baby Boutique LLC, DBA: Spring Monogramming
  • Damariscotta Good Coffee LLC dba Cupacity LLC
  • Daphne’s Design, LLC
  • Davidson Ice House
  • Decca
  • Deogee LLC
  • Detour Salon & Style
  • Detroit Sip LLC
  • Downtown Joplin Alliance
  • Education & Entertainment Services LLC
  • ELEMENTS MASSAGE LOUISVILLE
  • English Hills Ltd
  • Enrichment Support Services, LLC
  • EPS Medical Billing Ltd
  • Evolution Fitness & Wellness
  • Exceeding Autism
  • ExecSpark LLC
  • Fast Feet NYC
  • Feast & Imbibe and Soul & Smoke
  • Fit Foodz To Go Inc
  • Flare (Flare Jewelry Inc.)
  • Forensic Family Associates, LLC
  • Geromove LLC
  • Golden Escape Rooms, LLC
  • Grand Magnolia Early Learning Center
  • Green Room Cleaners
  • Gunter Hans
  • HairSmith and Co
  • Heartstring Melodies, LLC
  • In Good Company Nash
  • Independent Spirit, LLC
  • Irene Leigh
  • It'Saul Healthy, LLC
  • Ivory & Lace Bridal Boutique
  • Ivy Tea House
  • J & B Joint Ventures
  • J&S Building Maintenance, Inc
  • Jenny Lemons
  • JRINK Juicery
  • JuJu Knits, LLC
  • Karen Conlon Therapy LCSW PLLC
  • Kava Culture
  • KEVA Style
  • Kidcreate Studio
  • Kids Klub Family Childcare
  • KnitWorks Yarn Company
  • KnockOut Branding, LLC
  • Kreative Kids Family Childcare
  • Kristen Baird® Jewelry
  • Kupcakes & Co.
  • Larkspur
  • Laughing Gull Chocolates
  • LBJ Adventures, LLC
  • Leaping Llamas Artisan Shop LLC
  • Lei Musubi
  • Level Up Fitness and Wellness Center
  • LeVis Consulting Group, LLC
  • Lily's Ladle
  • LiquidGoldConcept
  • Live Oak Behavioral Services LLC
  • Loblolly Creamery
  • Lori McAuliffe MD PA
  • M Bar PDX
  • M&M Bookstore
  • Madden Therapy Solutions, PLLC
  • Mahala
  • Maid in JC LLC
  • Maude Salon
  • Maximum Function LLC
  • Media Reform SC
  • Melody Yazdani Studios
  • Modern Pastry Shop Inc
  • Moonbow
  • Motivote
  • Neha Khorana, PhD, ABPP, LLC
  • Nest NOLA
  • North & Coastal Salon
  • North Idaho Athletic Club, LLC
  • NovaMedicos, LLC
  • Novelly
  • Office Elf, LLC
  • Ohana In Home Senior Care LLC
  • ONP, LLC dba The Goddard School
  • Our DJ Rocks LLC
  • Pack Elephant
  • Pasta Pasta Restaurant
  • Paws in the Land LLC
  • Peeboo + Beans Gourmet Ice Cream
  • Pie in the Sky Pie Co. Magnolia
  • Pitter Patter Children's Consignment
  • Rainier Restaurant
  • Rapha Physical Therapy
  • Re'Generation Movement
  • Replay Lakeland
  • Rutabaga Toy Library
  • Salsa With Silvia LLC
  • Sarah Angst Fine Artist & Printmaker
  • Sea Salt & Skin
  • Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours LLC
  • Seven Studios
  • Sheba Concept & Design Inc
  • Sips
  • Sister's Bridal Boutique
  • Six Sisters Boutique
  • Smash The Pastryarchy LLC DBA Zucchini Kill
  • Smith's General
  • Snowflake Designs, Inc.
  • Sojourns
  • Sonu, LLC
  • Sorella Collective
  • Soundscaping Source LLC
  • Southern Fried Design Barn
  • Stop & Play LLC
  • Strength to grow an LCSW corporation
  • Strongman Services LLC
  • Sway’D StyleLounge
  • Sweet Petit Desserts
  • Sweet Scene Astoria
  • Symbio Global, Inc
  • Tails Up Dog Training
  • Take Turns LLC, DBA Fun Bus Northwest Houston
  • TEASPRESSA
  • Tenera Grains
  • The Bedford Citizen
  • The Broad (We The Broad LLC)
  • The Chattery
  • The Children's Schoolhouse of Collegeville
  • The Dance Shoppe, Inc.
  • The Good Vibe Media
  • The Healing Path Massage & Wellness
  • The Hive Chester, LLC
  • The Jazz Corner
  • The Learning Experience of Sayreville
  • The Nanny Joynt
  • The New Wild
  • The Potter's House Studio
  • The Sacred Well
  • The Treehouse Reading and Arts Center
  • Therapists Beyond Borders
  • Thrive Global Project, Inc.
  • Tidewater Foot & Ankle Associates, Inc.
  • Tiny Tails to You
  • TopCat Masonry Contractors, LLC
  • Tremble
  • Turning Sun School Gwinnett
  • Twin Peaks Medical, Inc.
  • Valley
  • Vijay Computer Academy
  • Virescent LLC
  • Vision Global Industries
  • Water Touching Earth Wellness Group
  • Wax Buffalo
  • Wearwell
  • Werst Windsor Academy at Governors Towne Club
  • Whimsy Me
  • Workhorse Coffee
  • WOW Legacy Group
  • Yoga on Beacon Hill LLC

About The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation

Since its inception in 2006, the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation has donated millions to charities around the world, focusing on charities that empower underserved women and girls. In 2013, Sara Blakely became the first self-made, female billionaire to sign the Giving Pledge, created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett, promising to give at least half her wealth to charity. In 2020, Sara and the Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation launched the Red Backpack Fund in partnership with GlobalGiving. Back by Sara Blakely, the $5 million fund supports the recovery and revitalization of female-owned businesses in the U.S. impacted by the coronavirus crisis. While many of the world’s resources are being depleted, one is waiting to be unleashed: Women. The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation is on a mission to support women and help them SOAR through education, entrepreneurship and the arts. Learn more at www.spanxfoundation.com.

About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit that makes it safe and easy to support important causes around the world. When a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic strikes, GlobalGiving quickly delivers funds to vetted organizations that are best-suited to lead immediate and long-term relief and recovery. As part of its mission to accelerate community-led change, GlobalGiving provides tools, training, and support to help nonprofits, donors, and companies increase their impact and make the world a better place. Learn more at www.globalgiving.org.

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