Black Empowerment Fund’s 1st Grantees – Investing in LA’s Black Community

July 21, 2021

In Spring of 2020, along with so many other revelations that COVID presented, we experienced a social justice awakening. Inspired into action by the national conversation, our donors reached out and asked CCF how they could support the movement. CCF shared recommendations, which resulted in our donors making significant investments to local and national groups supporting Black leaders and the Black community in its goals towards equality, justice, and empowerment.

Building on this momentum and hearing the community’s needs for lasting change, CCF launched the Black Empowerment Fund in February 2021 to invest in the long-term infrastructure of Black-led and Black-empowering organizations throughout Los Angeles County.

With a gift of $1 million from Facebook, we are proud to announce that CCF has identified its inaugural cohort of 20 community-based organizations in partnership with the Black Equity Collective. These 20 organizations represent dynamic leaders that develop transformational, community-centered solutions for the Black community, and create conditions for the Black community to thrive and achieve their full potential for self-actualization and social and economic prosperity.

As of July 22, 2021, 20 organizations were each awarded $50K grants, totaling $1 million. Following is a short selection of grantees and the work they are doing:

  • Amazing Grace Conservatory trains and develops at-risk youth and emerging artists in performing and media arts. Through their program they help youth to find their voice and in doing so impact each other and their community.
  • BLU Educational Foundation provides educational and human services programming to youth, adults and organizations in order to build healthy, productive communities.
  • Clay Counseling Foundation Clay Counseling Foundation provides culturally competent counseling services to schools, families and individuals throughout San Bernardino County.
  • Covered Community helps improve the health & wealth of the community by providing trainings/workshops along with access to experts in contracting, procurement, lending and business services to Black-owned enterprises.

CLICK HERE to see the complete list of CCF’s 2021 Black Empowerment Fund Grantees. Download the press release HERE.

To learn more, please visit our Fact Sheet. For additional information, please contact Tammy Johnson, Director of Donor Relations, at tjohnson [@] calfund [.] org.

To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the Black Empowerment Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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