Communities of color are courageously tackling systemic racism, inequity, and injustice at the roots. These disparities cannot be solved without them.
More than 120 donors have fueled the growth of The Racial Equity Fund, which is committed to addressing and eradicating racism in all of its forms in Greater Miami. This fund was seeded by The Miami Foundation with just $100,000, and we are inspired to see more than $1.8 million raised thus far to power serious change in our community. We are grateful to every donor and partner, including catalytic gifts from both the Jorge Pérez Family Foundation and Facebook.
One year later, we have invested in four rounds of grants. We began with small and immediate grants to groups on the frontlines, awards to individuals uniquely poised to advance change, and investments in Black-led arts groups using their craft to address inequities and uplift communities of color. These rounds of investment built momentum, and now we are excited to award nearly $1 million to 19 groups dedicated to the hard, sustained work to change systems that hold racial inequity in place and generate community power, just alternatives and solutions from within. You can read more about this round of grants here.
We prioritized groups that are Black-led at the executive/senior leaders level, rooted in Black communities, and have an intentional systemic focus. They work on shifting policies, laws, practices, resources, and community-led solutions. We are invested in what they do individually and together, as an emerging ecosystem. They must have staying power for the long-term focus and attention needed to build a more equitable and just Greater Miami.
Below you can explore our work. Learn about the newest grantees. View clips from our innovative process that used video rather than written proposals. See our summary on leading with equity beyond the fund. And help us continue to grow the Fund.
To make a gift, please send an email to Development@MiamiFoundation.org
Building Community Power
The Roots Collective
Florida Memorial University
Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs
Follow how our commitment to racial equity is involving. Learn about our recent grants to support Arts Organizations and Artists, to individuals outside a nonprofit structure, and revisit the powerful community stories from our 2021 State of Black Philanthropy.
We will continue to provide updates here about our process, investments, and what we are learning.
Read our president and CEO’s full statement.