Walton Family Foundation awards $15 million to 1954 Project

Walton Family Foundation awards $15 million to 1954 Project

The Walton Family Foundation has announced a $15 million gift in support of the 1954 Project, an initiative of the Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education (CAFE) to embrace and advance Black leadership in the education sector.

Launched in November with seed funding from the foundation and CAFE, the initiative works with Black education leaders and philanthropists to increase economic opportunities and social mobility for all students, diversify the teaching profession, and drive innovation in teaching and learning. The initiative recently announced grants totaling $5 million to five Black nonprofit leaders — Aimée Eubanks Davis (Braven), Sharif El-Mekki (Center for Black Educator Development), Nicole Lynn Lewis (Generation Hope), Adrian Mims (Calculus Project), and Hiewet Senghor (Black Teacher Collaborative).

"The 1954 Project will nurture, elevate, and accelerate the brilliance of Black education leaders," said Walton Family Foundation senior program officer Melinda Wright. "By galvanizing Black philanthropists and recognizing and supporting Black leaders, the 1954 Project is poised for transformative impact."

"Foundation expands support for Black education leaders." Walton Family Foundation press release 04/28/2021.