Every year, Emerging Prairie works to support and grow our entrepreneurial ecosystem. One way they do this is through their cohorts, which are 16-week programs designed to help companies ensure that they are being built upon a firm foundation.
Just like emerging Prairie, we at Fargo INC! want to celebrate and support the entrepreneurial ecosystem. That’s why we teamed up with them to introduce you to a number of entrepreneurs involved in their cohorts!
Faith Dixon is a Chicago-native who relocated to North Dakota in 2003. Faith is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of Faith4Hope, a local 501c3 non- profit organization established by her and C. Hope Shields in 2016 committed to helping low-income families achieve lasting independence.
As an activist, Faith has also been a prominent voice in Fargo’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations. She is also the Vice President of the ND NAACP.
What does your organization do?
Faith4Hope Scholarship Fund offers several programs. We are one of the fastest-growing and busiest Food Pantries on the northside of Fargo serving the F-M community. We are proud to have helped over 4000 families and have given over 200,000 pounds of food since March 2019. We also offer several programs such as child care scholarships which provide partial-tuition scholarships to low-income families across the Fargo-Moorhead area. We also offer money management classes, Christmas in the Dakotas, JoyFest, Backpack and school supplies giveaways. We look forward to launching several additional programs in 2021.
How did you get into what you are doing/how and why did you form your organization?
We saw the need to help the many families that cannot afford the necessities to provide for their families.
What drives you?
Faith4Hope is in the business of changing and shaping lives. The work we do at our Non-Profit Organization is aimed at providing a holistic approach to solving some of our society’s biggest challenges. We make sure our partners are empowered by creating opportunities for individuals and communities.
What did you learn from participating in Emerging Prairie’s cohort?
The importance of networking and building positive relationships.
Even though all of the entrepreneurs in this article were part of the Women’s Cohort and the Social Entrepreneur Cohort, Emerging Prairie also hosts a New American Cohort and will be kicking off a Native American Cohort and Black Founder Cohort soon. Stay tuned to our magazine for future updates on participants in these programs.