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SHARE Charlotte Promotes Melissa Hovey to Managing Director

Written by Sarah Haylett    on October 18, 2021



CHARLOTTE, N.C. (10/18/21) – SHARE Charlotte, a one-stop-shop for connecting with 500+ Mecklenburg County nonprofits, today promoted former Marketing Director, Melissa Hovey, to Managing Director of the nearly 10-year-old organization. 

“The pandemic gave us the opportunity to revisit every aspect of SHARE Charlotte from our mission and staffing to who and how we serve our constituents,” said SHARE Charlotte Board Chair, Colleen Brannan. “From these strategic planning exercises, an obvious leader emerged in Melissa and the Board could not be more pleased to promote her as the organization continues to evolve.”

#SpotlightOnCLT: Charlotte Bilingual Preschool

Written by Sarah Haylett    on October 6, 2021

Reflections on Heritage
Written by Banu Valladares

When I first walked into Charlotte Bilingual Preschool (CltBP) in 2017, I felt what everyone feels: a sense of belonging to a place where I could be fully me.

That was not my original experience of my new home, though. I moved to the United States in 1982 with many privileges: money, language, and familiarity from many years of travel. As the novelty of moving to the dream country wore off, isolation set in. I missed all the “familiars” that had so far defined me: my family, my language, my traditions, my culture. I no longer “belonged.” 

It took me years to understand and be able to name what is so drastically different in the United States: a focus on the individual first vs. a focus on the community. I came to learn that this difference stems from the history, geography, and climate realities that set the United States apart.

#SpotlightOnCLT: Carolina Migrant Network

September 23, 2021

Written by Stefania Arteaga

In the Queen City, our Latinx community has deep roots in immigrant justice. In January 2020, the Carolina Migrant Network (CMN) was co-founded by Stefania Arteaga, a longtime activist that calls Charlotte home since immigrating from El Salvador, and immigration attorney Becca O’Neill. CMN is the first of its kind in the Carolinas, working to provide pro bono services to fight deportations and family separations happening in our community. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Hispanic Heritage Month

Written by Sarah Haylett    on September 13, 2021

It's Hispanic Heritage Month, and in Charlotte, we are celebrating locally with #HHMCLT2021!

We are honored to help champion this conversation and celebration alongside other organizing partners, Latin American Coalition, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, and Charlotte Bilingual Preschool!

What is SHARE's Role in #HHMCLT2021?

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off on Sept. 15 and we are excited to spend the month honoring the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latin Americans!

Announcing the SHARE Charlotte and City of Charlotte Jumpstart Grantee Partnership

Written by Sarah Haylett    on August 30, 2021

The City of Charlotte and SHARE Charlotte have a mutual desire to provide resources to local grassroots nonprofits. In 2019, we began to explore ways to collaborate and provide access to professional development opportunities and social capital (connection to other nonprofits, funders, local experts, etc.) 

We are excited to announce that we have formalized this partnership, giving the City of Charlotte's JumpStart Grantees access to all of SHARE Charlotte's programming, including educational workshops, networking events, an annual Nonprofit Summit, and more. SHARE Charlotte is thrilled to continue making connections, providing resources, and building cohesiveness for Charlotte's nonprofit community, and this new partnership with the City will continue that growth. 

Read this interview with Lacey Williams, Program Manager of the City of Charlotte, to learn more about this partnership.


#SpotlightOnCLT: Giving Black Matters

August 25, 2021

Giving Black Matters
A Call for Philanthropy That Believes In Our Humanity and Invests In Our Equality
Written by Valaida Fullwood
This Saturday, August 28th is CLT Gives Black, a day of concerted financial giving to Black-founded and Black-led nonprofits serving Charlotte-Mecklenburg that aims to counter funding disparities. This piece by Valaida Fullwood, originally published by Medium, addresses funding inequities and underscores why “TENacity: Making Equity Real” is the theme of BPM 2021.


Photo: June 2020 protest against injustice, Charlotte, NC | V. Fullwood

Tech Rising “Tech Idea Incubator” Fund Grant Stories of Impact

August 18, 2021

Tech Rising, an initiative founded by AvidXchange, was created with the goal of helping to eliminate the digital divide and foster digital inclusion here in Charlotte. The initiative launched last summer and AvidXChange hosted their first Tech Rising Virtual Summit in partnership with SHARE Charlotte on February 25, 2021.

The Virtual Summit brought together local government officials, public school representatives, business leaders, nonprofits, and members of the community all of whom play a key part in bridging the digital divide in our community. 

Gresham Smith Community Impact Player: Patricke Ward

Written by Sarah Haylett    on August 13, 2021

The Gresham Smith Community Impact Player is a business community leader who lends their time and treasure to help local nonprofits. This month's Community Impact Player is Patricke Ward. Patricke is a Senior Underwriter for Selective Insurance and helps support The Academy of Goal Achievers (TAOGA) which provides mentorship and college readiness programs for Black youth. Patricke not only gives his own time but has rallied his co-workers in supporting this organization with funding and volunteer support. Read the following interview with Courtnie Coble McIntosh, Executive Director of The Academy of Goal Achievers, to learn more about Patricke's work with TAOGA:

Who is The Academy of Goal Achievers?

#SpotlightOnCLT: Communities in Schools

Written by Sarah Haylett    on August 9, 2021

Written by Amy Andrews

Communities In Schools surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. Working in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Communities In Schools (CIS) engages with students and their families within their home school via full-time, trained Site Coordinators. 

CIS is Charlotte’s largest non-profit that serves students who are overwhelmingly children of color. Last year alone, CIS served over 4,000 K-12 students through 53 schools in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg system.