California Endowment launches $225 million racial equity effort

California Endowment launches $225 million racial equity effort

The California Endowment has announced a ten-year, $225 million commitment in support of Black-led organizing, activism, and advocacy in California.

The commitment includes a projected $50 million over the next decade to accelerate ongoing efforts by the endowment to support community organizing and activism by African American–led organizations in the state. In addition, the endowment will immediately deploy $5 million in resources to Black-led groups engaged in health-related racial-justice campaigns in areas such as criminal justice, juvenile justice, and police reform. in addition to the immediate infusion of funds, the commitment includes support for organizations working to reimagine systems built on structural inequality and racism.

"We are aware that structural racism in America constitutes a public health crisis," said board vice-chair Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, who also serves as president of the United Methodist General Commission on Religion & Race. "Above all, we know that reaching health and wellness in the African-American community will require an investment that addresses the impact of centuries of oppression. But the healing of this community will contribute to the healing of every other community of color. The resourcing of activist, Black-led organizations to lead the critical efforts necessary to overcome racial injustice and inequity will help us all become healthy and well."

"We have witnessed extraordinary, unprecedented multi-racial and multi-ethnic support in the movement for Black lives in recent weeks," said California Endowment president and CEO Robert K. Ross. "We also intend to enhance support to build and strengthen alliances that cross-racial and ethnic boundaries in the state. California is poised to show the nation that by focusing on anti-Black structural racism, all vulnerable communities will benefit from structural change."