Racial Equity Fund
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This new fund is focused on a commitment to deepen our impact as funders, partners, and conveners, especially as related to racial equity and social justice.

Our goal is to increase funding to Black- and Brown-led organizations and advocate and support Black and Brown-led ideas.

We know that we will do this better side-by-side with the community. We have formed an advisory committee focused specifically on racial equity and justice. Members will represent the communities that we seek to support through our investments.

Together, we will commit to dismantle systemic inequities by building capacity of Black- and Brown-led organizations to identify and address Black and Brown defined priorities. This fund does not require the funded organization to be a nonprofit, allowing for increased diversity in our investments.

Racial Equity Advisory Committee

Paula Phillips (co-chair), Jason M. Holton (co-chair), Shaneé Jenkins, Arvind Gopalratnam, Samantha Maldonado, Melody McCurtis, Lilliann Paine, Maria Rodriguez, Warren Scherer, Nieves Valdez

We also recognize the invaluable contributions of Lynn Menefee.

*Committee members representing or affiliated with applicants will recuse themselves from related funding decisions.


Special Thanks to our Racial Equity Match Sponsor



Racial Equity Portfolio Interim Contact: Julie Divjak email