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Gucci Announces 2023 Gucci North America Changmakers Impact Fund & Scholarship Winners

Gucci announced the fourth round of recipients for its Gucci North America Changemakers Impact Fund and Scholars Program to twelve inspiring organizations and twelve dynamic scholars imagining and designing the future to create positive change.

Gucci launched Gucci Changemakers North America in 2019 as part of its vision to empower solutions for a better future through creativity and impact. Gucci remains committed in its pledge to bring meaningful change to the fashion industry, inside and out, by uplifting and supporting its future leaders and non-profit organizations.

Since its founding, more than 2,100 organizations and 4,000 students have applied to the program—with Gucci awarding over 50 non-profit organizations with grants and over 70 students with scholarships for a total of over $5.5 million dollars invested. The Changemakers community continues to grow, allowing non-profit organizations to make grassroots impact within their communities and offering students the opportunity to pursue their unique path within the design and fashion industries. As Gucci North America Changemakers approaches its fifth anniversary in 2024, its continued mission of advancing creative opportunities will be expanded to broaden its reach and engagement for the years to come.

Gucci Changemakers North America is pleased to present the 2023 North America Awardees:


The twelve awarded non-profit recipients will each receive a one-year grant for $50,000, which can be used to create new programs or scale existing initiatives. The newest cohort of grantees represent the inspirational work of organizations across arts and culture, education, social justice and equity, and health equity and wellness. Some of their grant projects include mindfulness programming and yoga for BIPOC men and youth in Chicago, a poetry convening and programming for Detroit area youth, emerging artists fellowships for Black transgender creatives in New York, youth development programming for at-risk youth in Philadelphia, and support for Canada’s largest Indigenous youth performance in Toronto.

The list of the twelve grantees is as follows:

  • Black Girl Environmentalist, Washington D.C.

  • Humbl Hustlr, Atlanta, GA

  • InsideOut Literary Arts, Detroit, MI

  • United We Dream, Houston, TX

  • Marsha P. Johnson Institute, New York, NY

  • Mighty Writers, Philadelphia, PA

  • Outside Looking In, Toronto, ON, Canada

  • Ruth’s Table, San Francisco, CA

  • Son of a Saint, New Orleans, LA

  • The Fund for Women’s Equality, Los Angeles, CA

  • The Healing, Chicago, IL

  • Zero Hour, Miami, FL


The twelve scholarship recipients will each receive an academic scholarship for up to $20,000. This talented group of scholars come from diverse backgrounds and are pursuing various careers within fashion and design at undergraduate colleges and universities.

The twelve talented and deserving recipients of this year’s 2023 Gucci North America Changemakers Scholarship program is as follows:

  • Cleo Williams, George Brown College

  • DaNae Harrison, Spelman College

· Elizabeth Lawson, The Savannah College of Art and Design

· India Williams, Kent State University

· Isabella Hanson, Cornell University

· Jamesly Saint Louis, Rhode Island School of Design

· John Davillier, University of Southern California

· MaiTae Preece, Otis College of Art & Design

· Maya Silva, California College of the Arts

· Miles Richards, College of Creative Studies

· Nikol Rafailova, Fashion Institute of Technology

· Rafael Diaz, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Gucci Changemakers North America will celebrate the future of creating lasting, positive impact with its Changemakers community later this fall and announce the next chapter of applications and new programs for its fifth anniversary later this year.

For more information about the Gucci Changemakers applications and eligibility requirements, please click here or call 1-877- 482-2430

Become a Gucci Changemaker! #GucciChangemakers

By ML Staff. Images Courtesy Of The Gucci


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