Mission: To build a nation where communities of color thrive and race isn't a barrier to opportunity.
About the Organization: Founded in 1993, the Oakland-based Greenlining Institute is a policy, research, and advocacy organization working for racial and economic justice. The organization started in the mid-1970s as an informal coalition of grassroots leaders from the African-American, Asian-American, Latino/a, and disabled communities dedicated to fighting institutionalized discrimination and "redlining" while bringing investment and opportunity to underserved communities. Today, Greenlining works to leverage its considerable organizational capacity and the efforts of the Greenlining Coalition, a diverse group of nearly forty community-based organizations, to drive social change.
Current Programs: The organization conducts research, analysis, and data-based policy advocacy in six interconnected issue areas — diversity and inclusion, bridges to health, economic equity, energy, environmental equity, and telecommunications and technology. It also publishes reports, issue briefs, and factsheets and disseminates videos and other materials designed to inform policy and advance racial and economic equity, while its analysts testify regularly at legislative and regulatory hearings, submits filings and comments, and give presentations.
With the aim of empowering a new generation of leaders who are informed and engaged in addressing critical issues in their communities, Greenlining's Leadership Academy provides training and leadership development programs. The organization's Fellowship Program — policy fellowships for activists with at least an undergraduate degree and legal fellowships for those with a law degree — are year-long opportunities that offer hands-on advocacy experience, leadership training, and personal and professional development support. The Summer Associate Program is an intensive ten-week training program for college graduates designed to help them become effective advocates. And the Casa Residency is a residential leadership program for UC Berkeley students who are committed to cross-racial understanding and their own academic success.
In addition, the organization recently renovated a semi-abandoned former bank building in downtown Oakland to create Greenlining 360 — a nonprofit center-cum-incubator that provides affordable work/office space for area nonprofits; community space for meetings, events, and collaborations; and space for artists to display their work.
Website: Visitors to the Greenlighting Institute site can learn more about the organization's issue areas and how they relate to racial and economic equity, read "community stories" about the organization’s impact, browse publications and other resources, or stay abreast of recent developments via the Greenlining blogs. They also can learn more about the Greenlining Leadership Academy and the academy's curriculum, take action and share their own stories, register for updates and alerts, and/or make a donation.
Funding: The Greenlighting Institute is funded by foundations and individuals.