We believe that all children should have equal access to opportunity. To make this vision a reality, we direct our grants and resources to support racial healing and to remove systemic barriers that hold some children back. We invest in community and national organizations whose innovative and effective programs foster racial healing. And through action-oriented research and public policy work, we are helping translate insights into new strategies and sustainable solutions.
All children should have equal access to opportunity and the chance to put racial prejudice behind them. To realize this vision, we are directing our grants and resources to support racial healing and to remove systemic barriers that hold some children back. We invest in community and national organizations whose innovative and effective programs foster racial healing and promote racial equity.
We have identified four overarching goals that must be achieved to realize racial equity in this country. We believe that investments over the next ten years will yield a meaningful and powerful return if they accomplish the following:
Establish a sustainable system of accountability for progress, and track, measure, document and report progress.
Support and expand the capacity of community-based efforts to bridge racial and ethnic divisions, address structural racism and promote racial healing.
Strengthen the advocacy for both policy and system change by substantially widening the circle of allies who support or are engaged in creating racial healing and equity.
Increase the effectiveness of both community-based organizing and policy advocacy by intensifying the action-oriented research and analysis that guide the racial equity work.
Build a Sustainable and Accountable Communications and Media Infrastructure
We seek to leverage research on the power of the media to influence perceptions, research on messaging and emerging communication technologies to help dismantle structural racism and promote racial healing.
Develop the Capacity of Community-Based Racial Healing Organizations to Strengthen their Impact
Recognizing they are the source of grassroots energy that can build powerful momentum for change, we support community-based organizations as a critical foundation of any enduring movement to dismantle structural racism and promote racial healing.
Support Anchor Institutions Working On Racial Equity
The combination of severe recession and the belief by some that we have resolved some of our most pressing racial problems, disparities and barriers to achievement poses a challenge to the existence of some important, but fragile organizations. We seek to support these organizations, recognizing that their survival is more important than ever if we are to seize this moment in our nation’s history and truly address the barriers to racial equity that continue to exist.
Support Efforts to Eliminate Racial Disparities and Inequities
A successful movement for racial equity requires alliances between organizations in every sector of our society that have demonstrated an interest in racial equity, and have worked to confront the institutional policies and practices that produce racist outcomes in their sectors...