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Project Freedom was envisioned by Charlotte business leaders who became immersed in the issue of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) and felt challenged to create community solutions. Executives from AvidXchange, Wells Fargo, Arthur J. Gallagher and others have provided this foundational leadership.


Creation of the Project Freedom Marketplace Leadership Initiative ensued to educate and engage executives and key business leaders across the Charlotte metro region.

  • Leaders have been recruited from Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Union, and York counties, with new partners continuing to be engaged each month.

  • Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) and National Christian Foundation (NCF) were chosen as philanthropic partners for Project Freedom for many reasons.

  • First and foremost, FFTC and NCF are trusted partners with more than $6 billion in charitable assets across over 3,000 charitable funds established by families, nonprofits and businesses.

  • NCF Carolinas and FFTC are headquartered in the Charlotte metro region and are among the largest community foundations in the U.S. They provide civic leadership and offer a range of innovative fund and giving options to support donors to Project Freedom.



As we work collaboratively to address DMST - one of the region’s most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities - we hope to engage business leaders from each county across the MSA. If you are a key business leader in one of the 22 counties of the Charlotte metro region and would like to join us for an informational session, please reach out through




A multidisciplinary team comprised of respected leaders in social services, law enforcement and providers of children’s services has been assembled to identify the top challenges, barriers and solutions related to DMST in our region. They are charged with creating recommendations for (a) the best residential treatment solutions for rescued children and young mothers with children and (b) prevention and demand reduction strategies to reduce DMST vulnerability among middle, high school and college students across our region. Up to 10% of funds raised will be invested in prevention and demand reduction efforts.  




The Grants Committee will invest in solutions recommended by experts from the multidisciplinary team. Creating the best emergent care solutions for rescued children will require strong leadership from a multi-disciplinary team of respected service providers, law enforcement and social services agencies from across our region.  


The Project Freedom Grants Committee, comprised of corporate leaders from multiple counties, is responsible for disbursement of the funds to established, well-vetted participating organizations.   

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