About Us

shutterstock_130745270We are a private foundation dedicated to making a positive difference in society. The foundation was seeded by and continues to be supported by annual gifts from the Dworkin family.  We focus on providing support and serving as a catalyst to emerging non-profit organizations that have a clear mission to impact communities through significant initiatives.  Our primary activity is our DIG (Dworkin Ignition Grants) Awards program.

Our Core Values are:






We have selected our Inaugural DIG Awards recipients!  We strongly encourage you to check out the absolutely transformative work being done by these important organizations led by dynamic individuals.  Our Inaugural recipients are:


Free Minds Book Club and Writing Workshop: Empowering young inmates to write new chapters in their lives

Washington, DC


Free Minds’ mission is to introduce young inmates to the transformative power of books and creative writing. By mentoring them and connecting them to supportive services throughout their incarceration into reentry, Free Minds inspires these youths to see their potential and achieve new educational and career goals.


INTAKE Music: Instrumentally Native Taking on the Classics

Stamford, CT


Intake’s mission is to improve the quality of life for opportunity youth by providing access to quality classical music education through the use of native instruments that represent diverse cultural backgrounds.

They strive to increase learning proficiency through educational and learning programs that leverage the discipline of classical music, and addressing our community audiences through public performances, community outreach events, and cultural advocacy.


KICK: The Center in Detroit

Detroit, MI


Kick’s aim is to implement LGBT affirming programs, services, projects and special events; and to partner with other social justice organizations and allies with similar beliefs. In 2011 The Center in Detroit opened and provides the LGBT and allied community a safe space in Detroit in which to discuss, learn and offer support to one another.


Sow Much Good: Gardening for Life

Charlotte, NC


Sow Much Good is committed to growing healthy communities in underserved neighborhoods by: Providing direct access to fresh, affordable food; Educating and engaging residents to adopt healthy eating habits and Advocating for the right of every person to have real food security.


Please feel free to share the news of our grant opportunities with those who you believe are transforming communities, and encourage them to apply through our web site.