CHARLOTTE— Dating application company RealBlackLove Inc. raised $15,400 by selling stock in a private equity offering, according to a filing Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Charlotte-based company raised the money from 33 investors. The filing did not disclose what the money would be used for.

RealBlackLove seeks an additional $184,600 to meet its goal of $200,000.

RealBlackLove was launched in 2013 as a platform for relationship-focused black singles to connect. The company prides itself on prioritizing safety and privacy. One such feature of the application protects patrons from catfishing, an act when an individual creates a false online identity, by having members confirm their physical identity.

The company, which proclaims itself as the “premier” and “most trusted” dating app for black singles, also has a matchmaking service called Club RBL for more-affluent clients.

RealBlackLove app was nominated as “Best Dating App” in 2016 by the iDate awards. Its competitors include and MELD.

“Marriage significantly improves the economic, social, and psychological well-being of African-Americans nationally,” said CEO and founder Joseph Dixon in a 2014 interview on PR Newswire. “Our aim is to decrease the number of single, black households, catalyzing new romances.”

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism