D.E.A.F. Inc., a Watertown, Massachusetts community-based, multi-service nonprofit run by and for Deaf adults, has been awarded a $2 million gift in this year’s Yield Giving Open Call grant competition. Gallaudet University alumna and Board of Trustees member Darian Burwell Gambrell, ’97 & G-’04, the agency’s executive director, announced the award on March 19. 

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Darian Burwell Gambrell, ’97 & G-’04

“This gift will enable our organization to focus on increasing the capacity to provide services and engage in the community by providing self-advocacy training and improving access to information across underserved languages and educational backgrounds, providing awareness of the Deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing and late-deafened communities which are historically excluded and overlooked, and reducing misconceptions by fostering a more inclusive society through resources, training, classes, and community events,” Gambrell said. 

D.E.A.F. Inc., founded in 1977, is one of 361 organizations selected this year from a pool of over 6,000 applicants.  

Yield Giving was established by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott “to share a financial fortune created through the effort of countless people.” Yield is named after a belief in adding value by giving up control. To date, Yield Giving’s network of staff and advisors has yielded over $17,300,000,000 to 2,300+ non-profit teams to use as they see fit for the benefit of others. 

Read and watch the official D.E.A.F. Inc. news release. 


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