Purpose of the United for Racial Equity and Healing Fund

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. For two years running, Bloomberg has called Atlanta “the capital of inequality.” The purpose of the Fund is to reduce and prevent racial inequities across systems that impact child well-being (education, health, housing and economic stability) across the Greater Atlanta region.

Why United Way

For the past five years, United Way has worked closely with partners to collect data on 14 different measures related to the factors that help account for the wide disparity in Child Well-Being by race and zip code. In 2017, the data in our Child Well- Being Index illustrated that nearly 500,000 children live in communities that lack the basic opportunities and resources that all children and families need to thrive. These communities of low and very low child well-being are in zip codes where the majority of residents (55-99%) are people of color.

These are also communities where COVID-19 hit hardest, exposing the health and economic disparities resulting from years of disinvestment and structural racism. The correlation between race and zip codes with vulnerable populations and low levels of child well-being makes it critical for United Way to address place and racial equity strategically. United Way will match the first $1 million raised.

Why Now

The current spotlight on these disparities and recent civil unrest has created new momentum to address racial inequities and an opportunity to convert the moment into a turning point for advancing deep and widescale changes. United Way is well equipped to lead the way in partnership with leaders across the region – a role we have played over many years with the Regional Commission on Homelessness and most recently with COVID-19 relief.

Where Funds Will Go

Funds will be invested in organizations in Greater Atlanta that are primarily focused on racial inequity challenges in their communities and on a regional level. Priority will be given to organizations:

  • Led by (executive leadership, staff, board) and focused on Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities most directly impacted by structural racism;
  • That are leading policy and advocacy efforts that intersect with on-the-ground civic engagement that is focused on people of color;
  • That prioritize youth voices and take a multi-generational approach;
  • Working on or adjacent to racial justice efforts;

Fund investments will be guided by an advisory committee and will utilize a racial equity impact analysis to aid in grant decisions.

Thank You

The following organizations have provided funds to support the United Way Racial Equity and Healing Fund. Learn more about how we are supporting communities of color by removing the barriers of racial inequity.

Betty and Davis Fitzgerald Foundation
Gas South

Genuine Parts Company
Global Payments Inc
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
Southern Company Gas

Target HQ
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Coca-Cola Company

Our Supporters

These groups have signed on to take the Challenge together. 

Accenture LLP , Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, AT&T Inc., ATL BGN, C3 Innovations (GA), Clarkston Community Center Foundation, Inc., Clayton County Public Schools, Cobb Chamber of Commerce, Cobb Collaborative , Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, Coweta Chamber of Commerce, Cox Enterprises, Inc., DeKalb County Government, DeKalb Library Foundation, Douglas County Chamber, Enterprise Holdings, Gagnant Media (South Fulton LifeStyle Magazine), Gateway Center, Georgia Gwinnett College, Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta , Grove Park Foundation, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett NAACP, Gwinnett Technical College , Holder Construction Company, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Lawrenceville Elementary, Leadership DeKalb, Leadership Gwinnett, Mosaic Georgia, Norfolk Southern Railway Company, Northside Hospital, Office of Resilience/Mayor’s Office of One Atlanta, Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs LLP , Partners in Change, Quality Care for Children, Inc., Reliable Heating & Air, Rollins, Rotary Districts 6900, Rotary Districts 6910, Rotary Districts 6920, RSUI Indemnity Company, Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Centers, South Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Southern Company Gas, Sylvan Hills Neighborhood Association , The Children’s Haven, The Frazer Center, The Growth Coach of Metro Atlanta, The Primerica Foundation, The Re-Entry Connection Inc, Trees Atlanta, United Parcel Service Inc, United Way of Greater Atlanta
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