We rise by lifting others.
The measure of a nonprofit’s success is not money in the bank, but the impact of its work. Greater Charlotte Rise (GCR) is a small mutual aid organization that supports Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. GCR is dedicated to providing aid and advocacy for Charlotte residents. Our organization centers and is led by Black women. Greater Charlotte Rise has adopted a grassroots funding model with a housing first philosophy. We do not pursue government-supported resources which would subject our clients to further hardships and indignity as the poor are often expected to acquiesce to intrusions into their privacy (disclosing sensitive information), their self-protection (renouncing legal rights), their identity (avowing a particular self-understanding) or their self-mastery (relinquishing authority over daily routines). Instead we depend on the grassroots support of members of our community to help us meet our clients right where they are and provide direct, tangible aid and immediate relief.