The Kresge Foundation has announced a $30 million commitment in support of racial justice organizations and community-led engagement and organizing efforts in cities across the United States.
The commitment includes approximately $8 million for national racial justice organizations working to provide resources to frontline organizations in support of community organizing initiatives, communications, leadership development, research, and state and federal policy reform efforts. The remaining $22 million will provide general operating support to local organizations in Detroit, New Orleans, Memphis, and Fresno working to address racial inequities in their respective communities, including efforts to advance change led by residents of color, strengthen local economies, support small businesses owned by people of color, and better coordinate community systems so as to facilitate lasting, large-scale community transformation.
"The Black Lives Matter movement has made abundantly clear that progress in our country requires a forthright acknowledgement of the longstanding and deeply entrenched impediments to full equality, justice, and inclusion," said Kresge Foundation president and CEO Rip Rapson. "But it also makes clear that we must move further to dismantle — and substitute for — the insidious policies, practices, norms, and attitudes embedded in virtually every facet of our society, our economics, our politics, our lives. The organizations to which we lend our support today are doing that heavy lifting, and in the coming months we will add to the cohort of organizations that we are announcing today."
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