Seeds of Hope is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2006 by Marilynn Chadwick. After working in urban communities for years, Marilynn realized that many youth in these communities lack dreams for their future. She discovered that without dreams and hope for the future, it is difficult to escape poverty.

Fortunately, she met a precious few students who encouraged her with a passion for their unique gifts, specific dreams and a drive to transform their fragile communities. Rather than dreams, these students lacked the necessary finances and skills to apply to and attend college. With these few students, the Seeds Scholars program was born.

Since its founding, Seeds of Hope has expanded to educate students, pastors, church leaders, government officials and women, so that they can fulfill their dreams and bring hope, healing and transformation to their communities.


To empower dreamers to achieve their goals to transform our community and our world.



That thousands of people in Charlotte and across North Carolina will come together from different our communities to dream together, to help one another succeed, and to establish cities that are models for charity and civility.



To recruit interesting, successful people into our Seeds of Hope community who want to make a difference for young people by:

1)    Providing college scholarships

2)    Helping them recognize and develop their gifts

3)    Helping develop leadership skills and acumen

4)    Exposing young leaders to new experiences

5)    Building networks and connections to help young people find jobs or create new businesses

6)    Helping build and nurture faith.



We believe that God plants dreams in all of our hearts.  We believe those dreams are wonderful beyond anything that we could ever imagine.  Though the fulfillment of these dreams will happen in His time and His way, we believe that we can work in each other’s hearts and lives to help make those dreams come true.  And through that process, we can learn to love and enjoy each other, and to learn to love and enjoy God. 


“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5: 14-16