In 2015, Freddie Gray sustained fatal injuries while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department. And Baltimore exploded. All of the rage and frustration with racist policing that had been festering for decades resulted in events that came to be known as the Baltimore Uprising. In response, Karida created the first Color for a Cause, Sandtown-Winchester, to raise money for the Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore. We asked knitters and crocheters to buy yarn with the understanding that the proceeds would be donated to help rebuild my hometown. And it worked! Neighborhood Fiber Co. donated more than $10,000 to the Fund because of people like you.
Sandtown-Winchester was just the beginning. Since 2015, Neighborhood Fiber Co. has donated more than $30,000 to a range of causes. From disaster relief and refugee assistance to gun control and reproductive rights, we have made significant contributions to effect real change on a local, national, and international level. Now, as we find ourselves in the midst of multiple crises, Karida wanted to leverage our existing momentum.
This year, Karida started the NFC Momentum Fund, a donor-advised charitable fund at the Baltimore Community Foundation. The NFC Momentum Fund is able to receive tax-deductible donations that are dispersed to a variety of organizations working for justice, empowerment, and equality. At its heart, the Fund will allow Neighborhood Fiber Co. to focus our giving on the areas that need it most.
The support we received was astounding. We started raising funds on GoFundMe with an initial goal of $10,000. We met and surpassed that goal within 8 hours. We kept raising the goal and hit milestone after milestone.
Soon the press caught wind of this endeavor. Karida was honored as a GoFundMe Hero and interviewed on their podcast. She and Neighborhood Fiber Co. featured on WBALTV News. Multiple knitting websites like Ravelry and Modern Daily Knitting boosted our fundraiser to crafters worldwide.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, the NFC Momentum Fund raised more $100,000. We are still accepting donations here.