Investment decisions are not taken lightly here at the Untours Foundation. With limited resources and so many organizations in need of funding, it isn’t easy for the UF investment committee to make their choices. Sometimes though, the concept is just so compelling that it becomes a natural match.
That’s certainly the case for one of our newest loan recipients. Grant Blvd is not your traditional local, handmade clothing designer. That already sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, on top of that, the bold startup founded and led by Kimberly McGlonn infuses strong values into an undeniably stylish design, produces no waste by using no new fabrics and no new water, and is committed to hiring returning citizens from prison.
And if you think that they’ve raised the bar as high as it can get, think again. In partnership with Drexel University, Kimberly helped launch the Maker Fellow Program, a six-week fashion design fellowship with the goal to help women formerly incarcerated for non-violent offenses transition to the workforce.
Read here, watch the video and be inspired by Philadelphia’s own Grant Blvd and the Maker Fellow Program.