Meet The Women Of The Red Backpack Fund

Meet a few women of The Red Backpack Fund, a COVID-19 relief and recovery program made possible by The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation in partnership with GlobalGiving.


They help kids get from point A to B safely, coach fellow women through challenges, care for castaway cats, and more. Meet a few Red Backpack Fund grantees! These women are the hearts and souls of their communities. COVID-19 threatens their livelihoods and the businesses they’ve built from the ground up. But thanks to a generous gift from fellow entrepreneur and Spanx Founder Sara Blakely, these incredible women are better positioned to weather the pandemic—not only to keep their businesses afloat, but to help them thrive.

The Red Backpack Fund is an initiative of The Spanx by Sara Blakely Foundation, who teamed up with GlobalGiving to support female entrepreneurs in the wake of COVID-19.

The first two rounds of Red Backpack Fund recipients were announced on May 14 and June 12. Each cohort is 200 recipients, all of whom received a $5,000 grant, an all-access pass to MasterClass, and a “lucky” red backpack. The $5,000 is significant—it’s the same amount Sara started Spanx with. The “lucky red backpack” has meaning, too. Sara carried hers with her in the early days of Spanx, and it’s become a symbol of starting small and dreaming big. From now through September, GlobalGiving will in total grant 1,000 women-owned and led organizations $5,000 each to help them weather the pandemic.

Learn more about how Red Backpack Fund recipients are overcoming adversities and looking ahead to the future:

    Afriqiyah and Loraine keep fellow New Yorkers healthy by providing highly individualized physical therapy.

    Afriqiyah and Loraine- Red Backpack Fund
    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for her business:

    “We are two African American women who started Revolution Physical Therapy NYC two years ago with a vision to optimize patient care within the New York City area. Our business has been successful because of the highly skilled ’boutique’ individualized services provided by my partner and I for one hour in a one-on-one setting… This grant will assist in allowing us to provide care to both patients affected directly by the coronavirus and patients who continue to need care due to injury or surgery, as well as help us advance our technology for improving our telehealth communication resources.”

    — Afriqiyah Nana Woods and Loraine Antoine, Co-Owners of Revolution Physical Therapy

    Chaunda and her team provide affordable and safe transportation to school children in Atlanta.

    Chaunda Red Backpack Fund
    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for her business:

    “The Red Backpack fund grant will be instrumental in keeping our business afloat… Our parents and community, particularly parents with special needs kids, are counting on us to weather this so that we can eventually re-open and continue serving the schools and the community. Until schools re-open, we are seeking to partner with them to deliver meals, education packets, and school supplies to children who need them.”

    — Chaunda Brock, Co-Founder of Atlanta Kruzin Kidz

    Gisele challenges the status quo in construction.

    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for her business:

    “I opened this company because there was a need for affordable small job services that most contractors wouldn’t even bid on, particularly for seniors and single women… I’ve proven you can build a business on integrity and excellence without exploiting your customers, contrary to industry standards. I will overcome this crisis, as I have others along my path of entrepreneurship, just this time with a little assistance from programs like the Red Backpack Fund.”

    — Gisele, Founder and CEO of Strongman Services LLC

    Karla prioritizes the voice of indigenous women in the fight against climate change.

    Karla Red Backpack Fund Recipient
    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for her business:

    “The Climate Justice Initiative is not only the first Indigenous climate change organization in the U.S., but also the first that is led by a founding board of Indigenous women. CJI is designed to empower indigenous peoples, notably indigenous women, to transform the narratives and lives of those affected by climate change and is in a position to have an outsized impact on global climate change mitigation. CJI is an organization with the experience and expertise to provide capacity-building programming led by and serving those most impacted by climate change. This grant will help us support native peoples and communities in the face of both COVID-19 and climate change.”

    — Karla Brollier, Founder and Director of Climate Justice Initiative

    Katie and Taylor’s coffee shop highlights ability over disability.

    Katie and Taylor Red Backpack Fund Recipients
    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for her business:

    “COVID-19 hit us right in the mission. Our mission is to employ and empower individuals with disabilities. Closing our doors during quarantine took away our ability to continue payroll for our staff, as well as our staff’s sense of purpose. We currently have 17 employees, but our waitlist for employment is over 40 people long. That is just in our small community, this is a nationwide need. This grant money will allow us to give our staff the hours they desire and reignite that sense of purpose and being that employment provides.”

    — Katie Holyfield and Taylor Ann Matkins, Co-Owners of Lucky Ones Coffee

    Katie and Lindsey value their patients like their own family.

    Katie and Lindsey Red Backpack Fund Recipients
    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for her business:

    “We are a privately-owned, all female dental practice that treats our neighbors as if they were our family… With changes to our required PPE, we’ve seen a significant increase in our supply costs. We feel our community as a whole has been greatly impacted financially by this pandemic and we do not feel it is in our business standards to pass on the costs to patients or employees. This grant will help us to maintain our loyal employees with our payroll expenses as well as cover the costs of our newly implemented PPE requirements.”

    — Katie Stuchlik and Lindsey Wendt, Co-Owners of Dentistry of the Oaks

    Katy helps homeless cats find forever homes.

    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for her business:

    “A $5,000 grant would be a game changer for getting us back into the swing of things just as soon as we possibly can! We also have staff that we treasure, and we would love to give them some assistance as well. Mainly, we just want to get back to business so we can serve the ameowzing cats and customers of our coMEWnity!”

    — Katy Poitras, Co-Owner and Manager of Cat Tales Cat Cafe

    Quinn and Sara teach women how to take control of their safety.

    Quinn and Sara Red Backpack Fund
    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for their business:

    “COVID-19 has not solved sexual assault and safety—in fact we know there will be a higher need for our product once people are able to socialize again and go on dates… This funding will enable us to stay in business through this tough time… The rates of online dating have increased significantly during quarantining and people are lining up their in-person dates for when it lifts—we want to be able to be there for them in that time.”

    — Quinn Fitzgerald and Sara de Zarraga, Co-Founders of Flare

    Secily helps fellow women overcome adversity.

    Here’s how the grant will make a difference for her business:

    “Without the opportunities we provide to break the negative cycle, women remain trapped in a life they may not have chosen… But the impact of your funding will allow WOW to continue addressing women’s health, education, and economic empowerment. Investing in women and a program improving income generating activities, like Fall into Fabulous, yields a large return on investment.”

    —Secily Wilson, Founder of WOW Legacy Group


With a little help from The Red Backpack Fund, these women are “making magic happen,” as Sara Blakely likes to say. Learn more about The Red Backpack Fund.



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
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
Deogee LLC
Detour Salon & Style
Detroit Sip LLC
Downtown Joplin Alliance
Education & Entertainment Services LLC
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.
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
Live Oak Behavioral Services LLC
Loblolly Creamery
Lori McAuliffe MD PA
M&M Bookstore
Madden Therapy Solutions, PLLC
Maid in JC LLC
Maude Salon
Maximum Function LLC
Media Reform SC
Melody Yazdani Studios
Modern Pastry Shop Inc
Neha Khorana, PhD, ABPP, LLC
North & Coastal Salon
North Idaho Athletic Club, LLC
NovaMedicos, LLC
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
Sister’s Bridal Boutique
Six Sisters Boutique
Smash The Pastryarchy LLC DBA Zucchini Kill
Smith’s General
Snowflake Designs, Inc.
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
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
Turning Sun School Gwinnett
Twin Peaks Medical, Inc.
Vijay Computer Academy
Virescent LLC
Vision Global Industries
Water Touching Earth Wellness Group
Wax Buffalo
Werst Windsor Academy at Governors Towne Club
Whimsy Me
Workhorse Coffee
WOW Legacy Group
Yoga on Beacon Hill LLC

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
Another Tomorrow Inc
Arkansas Twister All-Stars
Assembly Creators Market
Atlys Media
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
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
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
Empower Work
Encore, LLC
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
Jubilee Dollhouse LLC
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
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
Noire LLC
Nova Bossa, LLC
Nova Collective, LLC
NSFH Inc. (Strings for Hope)
Nurse Next Door Dallas NW
NWON Opportunities, LLC
Oh You’re LovelyOKC Partners
Olea Farm
Olly Makes Bakery
On Three Designs, LLC
Papillon 25
Parallel Architecture Studio LLC
Pegasus Intertransport
Peifer Psychology // Onward + Outward Psychotherapy
Pfit Studios LLC
Pineapple Porch LLC
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
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
Urgent & Primary Care of Clarksdale
Vino Zona LLC
Viva Voluptuous Inc
Weddings by Weaver
Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming
Work At It
Yoga Factory LLC DBA District Flow
Yris Contreras Agency, Inc.

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