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Supports Black- and Brown-led organizations through a community-based advisory committee.

Equity and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to Live United.

United Way’s Racial Equity Fund supports Black- and Brown-led organizations and ideas. The goal of the fund is to build capacity of these organizations in order to identify and address defined Black- and Brown-focused priorities.  

We know that we will do this better side-by-side with the community. Investments are guided by the Racial Equity Fund Advisory Council. This council represents community members who demonstrate personal commitment to racial equity and justice.  

At United Way, we believe a community that offers access, resources, and opportunity will lead to long-term success for all.

Since 2021, the Racial Equity Fund has been able to provide funding to 31 organizations to help support general operating support, special projects and initiatives, and emergency needs.  

The Racial Equity Fund does not require the funded organization to be a nonprofit, allowing for increased diversity in our investments.





Funding Opportunities


Grantee Videos

Featured below are five of our grantees.

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Racial Equity Blogs

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.


Racial Equity Portfolio Contact: Gevonchai Hudnall-Vogel via email