Mission: To invest in solutions that build a greater Washington, D.C., region in which race no longer determines access, opportunities, how one fares, or who thrives.
Background: In 2017, the Meyer Foundation embarked on a complete overhaul of its programs and grantmaking with the aim of identifying and addressing racial inequity and the systems, institutions, policies, practices, and norms that perpetuate it. To that end, the foundation adopted a systems approach in its grantmaking that integrates equity into every aspect of its work in the areas of housing, education, employment, and asset building and expanded the scope of its investments to include research, education, advocacy, organizing, communications, and narrative change. In mid-2018, the foundation announced seventy-three grants informed by its new focus and followed that up in the summer of 2019 with a second round of grants totaling $3.6 million. In conjunction with the launch of its redesigned website in 2019, the foundation unveiled a Racial Equity Toolkit to share what it has learned to date about the work it is doing.
Outstanding Web Features: Located in the What We're Learning section of the foundation's website, the toolkit provides curated resources in nine areas: Organizational Culture; Measurement & Evaluation; Systems Change; White Culture; Equity Lens in Action; Narrative Change; Hiring and Employment Practices; Anti-Racism; and Base Building & Movement Building. A dedicated page for each category provides an assortment of reports, articles, analyses, worksheets, and other resources designed to get visitors thinking about racial equity and related topics. Visitors interested in learning more about the foundation's racial equity mission can keep up with the latest developments via the foundation's blog and/or channel on the Medium platform.