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Designing innovative solutions for lasting social impact and nonprofit strategy.

At The Black Mill, we equip businesses, nonprofits, philanthropists, and foundations with the necessary tools to become agents of change within their communities. Our community engagement strategies, fundraising techniques, partnership building, and philanthropic advising can help you make a positive impact.

Black Mill provides unique strategies for maximum philanthropic design, social impact, grantmaking, funding, and partnerships.

We understand corporate social responsibility.

The Black Mill helps businesses and foundations identify the most pressing social or environmental issues that align with their values and goals.

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We offer nonprofits the tools to grow.

The Black Mill helps nonprofits identify, evaluate and approach charitable organizations or foundations that align with their mission and funding goals.

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We use our expertise to your advantage.

Black Mill provides for-profit and non-profit organizations with one-on-one support to build and sustain philanthropic and community engagement strategies globally.

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Our team

Chelsea Brown

principal & lead strategist

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Leslie Jefferson

Strategy, Evaluation, and Growth Advisor

Kimberly Edwards

Nonprofit Grant Writing Specialist

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Takiyah Roberts

operations assistant

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Tyieshia James

executive assistant

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The Black Mill offers services for short-term, monthly subscription and long-term social impact and grant writing services, as well as a la carte services, including:

  • Grant Research and Application Preparation
  • Grant Reporting
  • Social Impact/Corporate Social Responsibility Evaluation and Needs Assessment
  • Program Evaluation and Implementation
  • Fundraising and Funding Strategy
  • Grant Readiness Assessment

Past Clients


The Black Mill is proud to serve as a pipeline partner for the Revolve Fund, a philanthropic Initiative that aims to address systemic barriers that disproportionately prevent businesses and nonprofits owned and managed by people of color from gaining capital access.

The Black Mill is honored to serve as the program lead for the inaugural Chief Executive Leaders Ascend Program in partnership with J.P. Morgan Chase, focusing on Black women nonprofit leaders in Wards 7 and 8 in Washington, D.C.

*not inclusive of all clients

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2023 BEYGOOD Foundation Small Business Grant Recipient

University of Pennsylvania Executive Program In Social Impact Strategy

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604 N Chester St

Unit #210

Baltimore, MD 21205

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