For Immediate Release: 
January 31, 2017
Matthew Nocella, (202) 286-1987

Grosso donates remaining campaign funds to organizations assisting marginalized communities

Washington, D.C. – Councilmember David Grosso has donated the remainder of his unspent campaign funds to organizations whose missions align with his re-election platform: supporting the human rights of the citizens of the District of Columbia.

“I ran for the D.C. Council to build a better city through the political process,” Grosso said. “But every day, organizations are building a better city by touching people’s lives more personally.  The communities they foster, the minds they expand, the voices they engage, and the people they protect -- all drove me to seek public office.

“Their work is even more important now as many of the vulnerable populations they serve are the subject of disparaging rhetoric coming from the president of the United States and Congress.”

Grosso distributed the money left in his campaign fund to the following organizations in January:

  • Black Swan Academy empowers black youth in under-served communities through civic leadership and engagement.
  • Casa Ruby is the city’s only bilingual, multicultural organization serving and supporting the most vulnerable in the LGBTQ community.
  • D.C. Abortion Fund is the only organization in the area that makes grants to people who cannot afford the full cost of an abortion.
  • D.C. Center for the LGBT Community educates, empowers, celebrates, and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities by focusing on health, arts and culture, social and support services, and advocacy and community building.
  • Free Minds uses books, creative writing, and peer support to awaken D.C. youth incarcerated as adults to their own potential.
  • HIPS promotes the health, rights, and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by sexual exchange or drug use due to choice, coercion, or circumstance.
  • Latin American Youth Center empowers a diverse population of youth to achieve a successful transition to adulthood, through multi-cultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs that address youths’ social, academic, and career needs.
  • Literacy Lab provides low-income children with individualized reading instruction to improve their literacy skills, leading to greater success in school and increased opportunities in life.
  • Planned Parenthood Metro Washington has been providing high-quality, affordable healthcare to women, men, and teens in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area for nearly 80 years.
  • SMYAL (Supporting and Mentoring Youth Advocates and Leaders) creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. 
  • Split This Rock cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change. 
  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.