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Founded in 2014, Empowered by Gratitude, (EBG), Incorporated, is a 501(c)(3), non-profit charity organization. EBG is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to critical needs for youths and families with the mission of helping people to help themselves by equipping them with educational, social and economic life skills to health, wellness and mentorship. Strengthening youths and families is our primary outcome of EBG services. Partnering with our contributors, EBG will encourage, teach, train and reduce their daily struggles, invest in their potential, and provide youths and families with the opportunity to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society.

About The Founder

GWENDOLYN SMITH is the President and CEO of Empowered by Gratitude (EBG), Incorporated, a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) charity organization. EBG was birthed in 2014; however, the organization was originally inspired by the memories and charity of Gwendolyn’s mother, the late Lucille Salters, who was an advocate for the lost and the less fortunate. While her mother didn’t have a lot of resources, her home was an open door to those in need of refuge for a night, a hot meal, or a change of clothing. As a young child, Gwendolyn remembers her mother insisting that she and her siblings give up their beds to accommodate the guests for their overnight stay. “I didn’t fully understand the compassion of Mother then,” says Gwendolyn, “but it has certainly remained a part of my journey and a piece of my heart – bringing hope and happiness to the people.”

Born with a servant’s heart and motivated by her mother, Gwendolyn finds joy in blessing others through her talents, gifts, and resources. She has always had a burning desire for helping others, and she does so at every opportunity. Because of this deep commitment, Empowered by Gratitude, Inc., was birthed -- empowered by a grateful heart. While the vision tarried in her spirit for a while, it is now active and alive. The emerging motto became: “Helping People Help Themselves.”

Gwendolyn is honored to have her husband, Frank O. Smith, Jr., serve as the Vice-President of EBG. Frank is equally committed to helping those in need. He has a heart to mentor, nurture, and empower people to their fullest potential. He brings a wealth of administrative, structural, and analytical knowledge to the organization.

Our faith, grateful hearts, and genuine love for people and the community have motivated us to enable and empower those who may have been labeled “powerless.” We are devoted to foster mentorship, spiritual programs, and services.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them."
-John F. Kennedy

Mission Statement

Develop holistic programs and services that directly impact the outcome of disadvantage youths and families. Guiding us in our mission are our core values: • Focusing on the critical needs of children and families • Equipping children and families with leadership and character skills • Empowering children and families for the workforce and college • Providing a diverse set of outreach programs • Fostering educational, mentorship and spiritual programs • Fostering teen pregnancy and abstinence programs


We believe that when you change the lives of children, you change the lives of families, which can change a community, and ultimately the world. We strive to be part of that change and part of the solution in improving the lives of children and families by providing programs that strengthen families during their most difficult or challenging times. We will continually work to improve and expand our core programs, while also developing new services to address the unique needs of the communities we serve. We can’t do it alone. We rely on our partnership with organizations that have the knowledge and infrastructure to extend our reach. We rely on you – our donors, volunteers, our partners, staff and friends.


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Empowered by Gratitude, Inc.
9132 Piscataway Road # 612
Clinton, MD 20735

Phone:(301) 651-7514