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DC Action Receives $375K Donation to Deepen Work with District Youth
Attorney General Karl Racine Redirects Misspent Nonprofit Funds from Trump Organization to District Nonprofit Working to Increase Youth Civic Engagement
(May 3, 2022)—Today, Attorney General Karl Racine’s office announced that it is redirecting a $750,000 settlement recouped from its lawsuit against the Trump Organization and its Inaugural Committee for misspending nonprofit funds to two nonpartisan District nonprofits, DC Action and Mikva Challenge. Both work to increase youth civic engagement.
Upon receiving news of the donation, DC Action Board Chair Sarah Remes said, “DC Action is honored to be one of the nonprofits chosen by Attorney General Racine and the Office of the Attorney General to receive this money. We greatly appreciate AG Racine’s work to fight against corruption and his commitment to making sure these funds get used by organizations like ours and Mikva Challenge. We work every day to empower and uplift youth, whether it is convening conversations where they share their thoughts about out-of-school time programs with the community or helping them prepare to testify before the DC Council.”
Earlier this year, DC Action hosted a virtual conversation with youth to shift the narrative on youth and crime. And in recent weeks, the DC Action-led Out-of-School-Time Coalition has been quoted in news articles focused on District youth in The Washington Post and New York Times.
DC Action Executive Director Kimberly Perry added, “DC Action is appreciative to AG Racine and his office for bringing this suit and ensuring the resources from the settlement are put to good use by investing in District organizations committed to improving the lives of young people and strengthening our democracy through civic engagement. The challenges facing us as a community to recover from the strain of the past two years are steep and more systems of support are necessary. DC Action will use the resources from this donation to deepen our work to ensure that every child and young person has equitable opportunities to grow and thrive.”
As District youth told Attorney General Racine, who was a special guest for their conversation about shifting the narrative (and in a 2022 survey), “Young people know what they need. Adults in power must provide the opportunities.”
DC Action is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization working to make the District of Columbia a place where all kids grow up safe, resilient, powerful and heard. It is home to DC Kids Count, Under 3 DC, DC Out-of-School Time Coalition, the DC Home Visiting Council, and the Youth Homelessness Advocacy Coalition, which brings that power forward, creating space for children, youth and their families to raise their voices and make change.