The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has announced grants totaling $15 million in support of efforts to combat systemic racism in the United States.
As part of an $18 million commitment the foundation announced in July, grants were awarded to fifteen organizations working across a broad range of issue areas — from health to education to human rights — to advance racial justice, fight anti-Black racism, and amplify the values, aspirations, and power of Black communities. Selected through a collaborative process that involved all foundation staff and was led by a volunteer advisory council of staff who identify as Black or of African descent, the recipients include Black Futures Lab, which works with Black people to transform communities, build Black political power, and change the way power operates — locally, statewide, and nationally — and Black Women's Health Imperative, which works to address the most pressing health issues affecting Black women and girls through investments in evidence-based strategies, bold programs, and advocacy outreach.
Other recipients include Data 4 Black Lives, a movement of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people; Race Forward, which promotes strategies that embed racial justice in policies, institutions, and culture; the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, which works to protect the rights of Black transgender people; Partnerships for Trauma Recovery, which is focused on addressing trauma experienced by survivors of war, torture, forced displacement, human trafficking, gender-based violence, and persecution due to their identity, sexual orientation, and/or beliefs; and SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a coalition of eighty grassroots organizations working to amplify and strengthen the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color engaged in the fight to ensure reproductive justice.
The foundation also is in the process of developing a ten-year, $150 million racial justice initiative focused on providing sustained and strategic support to racial justice organizations and more fully incorporating racial equity in its ongoing programs, grantmaking strategies, and operations.
"We are honored to support the work of these organizations and committed to doing more to learn as we build our knowledge and ability to sustain organizations working to advance racial justice," said Hewlett Foundation president Larry Kramer. "We see these first grants as a kind of down payment on a broader commitment the foundation has made to address systemic racism in our work going forward."
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