Launched in 2014, the CCG initiative supports the efforts of communities of color to become agents of their own change. To that end, thirty-two grantees will receive a total of $9.5 million over the next three years in support of a range of activities, including organizing giving circles and administering donor-engagement programs; conducting research and collecting data on local and regional philanthropic trends; developing the philanthropic capacity of communities of color, including online giving platforms and mobile fundraising technologies; and creating time and space for knowledge sharing and peer learning.
Grantees include the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services in Dearborn, Michigan; Asian American-Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy in Oakland, California; the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; and the Potlatch Fund in Seattle. Amigos de San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico, and Fondasyon Konesans Ak Libète FOKAL in Port au Prince, Haiti also were awarded grants — the first organizations outside the United States to receive grants through the initiative.
"CCG is all about philanthropy that is locally driven," said Kellogg Foundation program officer and CCG lead Ciciley J. Moore. "We know that when communities of color combine their collective wisdom, time, talent, and treasure with the tools of philanthropy, powerful things can happen. The creativity, commitment, strategic thinking, and know-how of these grantees are energizing. What they explore will broaden the entire philanthropic field."
For a complete list of grantees, see the Kellogg Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Potlatch Fund)