September 18, 2020         
BlackNorth Initiative Invites Quebec Corporate CEOs to Sign Pledge to End Anti-Black Systemic Racism   •   Design Inspiration Coming to You Via "Dream Nursery"!   •   Alliance of Channel Women Announces Winners of 2020 LEAD Awards   •   Fourth Annual “I’m Listening” Broadcast to Air on All Entercom Stations Nationwide   •   HealthShare Symposium 2020 Special Event, presented by Healthgrades, Encouraged Attendees to Turn Recent Challenges into Opportu   •   American Diabetes Association® Empowers Youth at Home Nationwide through Project Power   •   Minister of Justice hosts virtual forum on Diversity on the Bench   •   Helen of Troy Limited Announces Earnings Release Date, Conference Call, and Webcast for Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Results   •   Noodle & Boo Names Judy Carlo, Former Mustela GM, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales   •   HITN Learning Marks Hispanic Heritage Month With a Month-Long Celebration of Language and Cultures   •   INROADS Hispanic Initiatives Close The Gap For Latinx Students   •   Au Pair Program is Essential For AuPairCare Working Families - And Satisfaction Rates Are High   •   Campbell Appoints Camille Pierce as Chief Culture Officer   •   NWFCU Foundation Donates $10,000 to Inova Cares Clinic for Children   •   GEICO’s Response Team Is in Place and Ready to Handle Your Auto Claim Needs   •   Forbes Ranks Tractor Supply a Top Employer for New Graduates   •   Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Wins Footwear Honor at the Accessories Council’s Design Excellence Awards for the Second Year in   •   CatholicVote launches $9.7 million campaign to expose Joe Biden's anti-Catholic record and policies   •   Alliance of Channel Women Thanks Outstanding Volunteers with 2020 ACT Awards   •   American College of Lifestyle Medicine Recognized by President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition as a NYSS Champion t
Bookmark and Share

Grant Thornton names Weird Enough Productions as next Purple Paladin

CHICAGO , August 12 /Businesswire/ - Grant Thornton LLP has named Weird Enough Productions as the fifth nonprofit in its Purple Paladin initiative — a program that helps emerging nonprofit organizations move from start-up to sustainable by providing funding, business advice and volunteer support, while also helping them share their stories more broadly.

Weird Enough Productions is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that develops free, interactive online content designed to combat media misrepresentations of minority communities. The organization is best known for its hallmark comic book series, The UnCommons.

The UnCommons tells the story of five unlikely outsiders who must save each other to save the world. Beyond diverse racial and gender representation, The UnCommons spotlights the human imperfections of its heroes and celebrates how superpowers like vulnerability and courage save the day. Readers can also explore Weird Enough HQ, which features message boards, contests and more.

Weird Enough Productions also partners with educators nationwide through Get Media L.I.T. — which pairs The UnCommons comic series with lesson plans and curricula to help teach students social-emotional learning, media literacy and digital citizenship.

In the wake of COVID-19, online schooling and racial-equality protests, Weird Enough Productions is reaching students at a moment when they need it most.

The nonprofit was started by Tony Weaver, Jr. when he was in college. As a then 20-year-old comic book aficionado, Weaver was inspired to start the organization after mentoring a Black fourth-grade student. The student shared Tony’s love of superheroes, but the student was not going to dress as one for Halloween because he felt none of them looked like him.

It got Weaver thinking: “Young people look up to superheroes for inspiration, but what message do we send kids when the superheroes they celebrate don’t look the same way they do?”

Weaver continued: “My dream is to get our content in the hands of young people across the country so they can become the heroes of their own stories. Grant Thornton will be a great collaborator in broadening our reach and I am very grateful for the firm’s support.”

Grant Thornton CEO Brad Preber shares Weaver’s sentiment: “Helping America’s children overcome racial inequities will require energy, entrepreneurial spirit and creativity. That is exactly what Weird Enough Productions brings to the table. The organization is a testament to the idea that everyone — regardless of race, gender or background — can be a hero for positive change when they are empowered and supported. And that’s what our Purple Paladins program is all about.”

The public can learn more about Weird Enough Productions by visiting the nonprofit’s website:

Weird Enough Productions joins four other nonprofits that Grant Thornton previously selected as Purple Paladins: Invisible Hands Deliver, Pal Experiences, Sneakers for Soldiers and Coming Up Rosies.

Invisible Hands Deliver is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that taps more than 12,000 volunteers to deliver groceries, prescriptions and other necessities to people vulnerable to COVID-19 — including the elderly, disabled and immunocompromised. To learn more, visit:

Pal Experiences is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps people with non-visible disabilities — such as autism — have more inclusive experiences at museums, entertainment venues and sporting events. To learn more, visit:

Sneakers for Soldiers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides properly fitted athletic shoes to deployed combat troops in all branches of the military. To learn more, visit:

Coming Up Rosies is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides ‘smile kits’ to hospitals so children — particularly those suffering from hair loss — can engage in therapeutic art activities to create custom head scarves, neck scarves and superhero capes based on their own unique designs. To learn more, visit:

Grant Thornton’s Purple Paladins program derives its name from the word paladin, a champion of a cause. Grant Thornton and its professionals have donated more than $200,000 for Purple Paladin nonprofits. And more than 300 Grant Thornton professionals have volunteered support to the firm’s Purple Paladins.

To learn more about Purple Paladins or to nominate a nonprofit for potential support, visit Grant Thornton’s website:

About Grant Thornton LLP

Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world’s leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton, which has revenues in excess of $1.9 billion and operates more than 50 offices, works with a broad range of dynamic publicly and privately held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations.

“Grant Thornton” refers to Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL). GTIL and the member firms are not a worldwide partnership. Services are delivered by the member firms. GTIL and its member firms are not agents of, and do not obligate, one another and are not liable for one another’s acts or omissions. Please see for further details.

STORY TAGS: Illinois, United States, North America, Nonprofit, Product/Service, Banking, Accounting, Professional Services, Philanthropy, Consumer, Small Business, Fund Raising, Foundation, Other Consumer, Human Resources, Finance, Consulting,


White House Live Stream
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Sounds Make the News ®
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News