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Portia Richardson CEO/Founder of Tumaini DC, Inc., a Washington, DC area-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that transforms communities and schools through culturally responsive and trauma-informed social and emotional learning curricula and programming for students and adults. Tumaini means hope in Swahili. Developed by Portia Richardson, Tumaini DC offers an evidence-based, Social and Emotional Learning for grades 6-12 curriculum called, The Tumaini Way.


Through The Impact Institute, an exclusive learning space + community for social entrepreneurs, Portia provides coaching and consulting services to aspiring and thriving non-profit founders. 


You have BIG social and emotional learning, trauma-informed care, and climate and culture goals for your school and district. We have culturally responsive consulting services to help you accomplish them. 
We take the time to understand the unique challenges school and district leaders face and then tailor our approach to satisfy the exact needs of the districts we support.



L. Hinnant
Founder of Chosen to Win, Inc.

Portia pushed, encouraged, and mentored me through the entire process of developing my organization. I could not have made it this far as a founder without her knowledge and expertise. Portia's professionalism, intelligence, and consistency have pushed me to higher heights in the non-profit space, and will continue to use her services!

K. Hopkins
Founder of Dangers of the Minds, Inc.

Portia Richardson has coached my company on effective strategy to break into the educational market, which led to the first pilot of our curriculum in a major school district. Portia is very sharp and a thought leader in the education industry. I would highly recommend her services to anyone that is looking to make impact in their perspective fields. She will become dedicated to your vision and ensure that your needs are met.

T. Jefferson
Founder of Yikes Yoga, Inc.

Working with Portia has been a Godsend! She's professional, insightful, and resourceful to say the least! Beyond the services she provides, she is also a vision clarifier and amplifier. She helped me see my vision as a necessity for my community, not just a dream! Portia pushed me to think bigger and create bigger. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to work with her and look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.

Hey Ms Portia!! I just want to say thank you again for the opportunity and everything you've done with this program. It menas a lot!

Working with Portia was an amazing experience. She walked the organization through every step of the grant process. Initially the process was extremely intimidating but after her coaching we realized we were on the right path just needed guidance. Her training session was life changing for me as a professional and groundbreaking for our organization financially.

I just saw your email for the grant class. I'm sitting here crying because even though you have so much to do for your business you still thought of me. You just don't know how much that means to me. God sent you as a blessing and I'm so grateful!!!

You are so inspiring. Thank you for the opportunity to join tonight's Training. The energy was so empowering. I'm excited to start incorporating some of what I learned tonight into finally drafting out my business vision and really focusing on what's important.

Portia!!! Thank you so much for creating the Impact Institute. It has truly been an answered prayer. You have removed all of the barriers keeping me from fulfilling this vision I've had for over 10 years. I'm still in awe at how much progress we've made in such a short time. Many lives will be changed because of the work you are doing and seeds you are planting not only with the children you work with but the change makers who have a heart to make a difference but just need guidance to make the vision come true. Words cannot express my gratitude for your sacrifice, service, obedience & courage to continue to do all God has called you to do. ❤️

Hey Portia,

I just wanted to really thank you for developing the Impact Institute! I am even more excited to be a part of this amazing group! 

We are kindred spirits, so much of what you said resonated with me and align exactly with my values. I absolutely cannot wait to see what this journey brings for everyone involved! 


Good morning Portia! Just wanted to send you some encouraging feedback this morning. Last night's kick off class was extremely refreshing for me! It enlighten what I needed to find balance which I'm desperately lacking... BOUNDARIES!!! Today I've started to think about what that looks like for me and will be putting it into practice! So excited and honored to be on the OG's of the Impact Institute 🙌🏽 🙌🏽  have a great day!

Hey Portia, just want to thank you again for being great. Our Zoom call on Thursday was literally everything, and I was the first of many. I love how you took all the thoughts in my mind and put him on paper in complete thoughts. Still in awe of all the things that were accomplished during that one hour. The foundation has been planted and I'm so excited to build this organization brick by brick with the help of you. My Who ❤️

Get in Touch with Portia Richardson

Washington, DC

 Tel: 202-855-3630

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