United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund

Fund Overview

The United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund supports United Way of Greater Atlanta’s work to improve areas of low and very-low child well-being so children, families and communities can thrive. Ending disparities is the guidepost for United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Child Well-Being Agenda, which focuses on addressing the systemic issues that put Greater Atlanta at the bottom of the list of U.S. cities in terms of opportunity and mobility for low-income children and make a child’s zip code of birth their destiny.

GRANTMAKING

United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund grants focus on building capacity and supporting leaders in reimagining and redesigning bigger systems.

Priority Strategies: Education & Awareness | Civic Engagement | Leadership & Training

Grant Cycles: Oct 2020, Dec 2020, Feb 2021, Dec 2021

Total Committed: $2.1M

Grants: 19 organizations – Organizations funded in this portfolio represent mixture of program related grants, evaluation services and operational support.

Average Award: $106,758

INSIGHTS

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Civic engagement is a critical strategy for addressing root causes and amplifying the power of the people most affected by the problems.

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Civic engagement leaders are strained. Tension and political context has heightened threats and harassment that other nonprofit leaders don’t experience.

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Multi-year funding and building capacity is crucial to sustainability. Because influential ideology and changing policies are long-term ventures, it is important to ensure grassroots organizations can sustain their efforts for years to come.

Grantee Selection Critieria

Led by predominantly Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)

Have a long-standing legacy of strategies to address and combat systemic racism

Led by people with lived experience of the issue or problem being addressed

Demonstrated track record of impacting individuals and families living in the neighborhoods with low child well-being scores

Meet the Grantees

Treat the Source and Address the Roots of Racial Inequality

Areas of low child well-being have disproportionate concentrations of Black, Indigineous, and People of Color (BIPOC) populations. Communities thrive only when every child, regardless of race, identity or circumstances, has equitable opportunities to achieve their full potential. To achieve this promise, we must invest in solutions that address the root causes of racial inequity. Similar to a forest of trees, a community thrives only from the ground up. In Greater Atlanta and across our country, systems we interact with every day have been trying to fix a single tree or problem at a time. But the problem is in the groundwater. What should provide essential nutrition and make a system strong has been tainted by systemic racism.