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Designing innovative solutions to drive meaningful social impact and community engagement.

At The Black Mill, we foster lasting social impact through strategic nonprofit engagement. We provide businesses, nonprofits, philanthropists, and foundations with essential tools and insights to become transformative change agents within their communities. Our services focus on enhancing community engagement, refining fundraising strategies, cultivating meaningful partnerships, and offering expert philanthropic guidance.

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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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 Management Design and Implementation
  • Grant Research and Application Preparation
  • Grant Reporting
  • Social Impact/Corporate Social Responsibility Evaluation and Needs Assessment
  • Program Evaluation and Implementation
  • Board Training
  • 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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Contact Us

822 Guilford Ave #962

Baltimore, MD 21202

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