POSTED BY stagingntcf | Oct, 29, 2020 |

North Texas Community Foundation is committed to creating a thriving, sustainable community for all. Following the tragic shooting of Atatiana Jefferson in 2019, the Community Foundation and key partners came together to establish the Fund to Advance Racial Equity to provide grant funding for nonprofits working on the front lines to address issues of racial equity in our community.

Our recent report, Race and Equity in North Texas, revealed that despite the area’s economic prosperity, significant disparities exist in health, education, and financial security outcomes across race and ethnicity. Closing these gaps requires that we remove obstacles and create equitable opportunities for good health, an excellent education, and economic security for all North Texans.

The Fund to Advance Racial Equity officially launched in June 2020, thanks to generous support from Community Foundation fundholders — including The Conerly Family and Rosie and Gary Walker – and significant investments from Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, The Miles Foundation, Colonial Savings and other donors.

Over time, grants made from this fund aim to:

  • Increase understanding of our community’s challenges with racial equity and race relations;
  • Provide access to stories and diverse perspectives on the lived experience of racial inequity in Fort Worth;
  • Strengthen relationships among Fort Worth residents, particularly across racial and ethnic groups;
  • Increase awareness of resources and best practices related to advancing racial equity;
  • Drive notable changes in practices – systemic, organizational and/or individual – that perpetuate racial bias and discrimination; and
  • Strengthen relationships between members of law enforcement and local residents, fostering mutual understanding and thereby increasing safety and security for all North Texans.

Donna James-Harvey serves as the Fund to Advance Racial Equity liaison. In this role, James-Harvey supports the Fund’s strategic development, implements professional development opportunities for grantees and supports an Advisory Council of community members. For more information, contact James-Harvey at djharvey@northtexascf.org or 817.877.0702.

This summer, the Fund to Advance Racial Equity distributed grants ranging from $1,000 to $35,000. This inaugural round of grants aims to help grantees and investors learn collaboratively about best practices and community dynamics to lay the groundwork for future investment.

Grantees include:

Community Frontline: Staffing and administrative support to facilitate community dialogue and elevate resident voice

Diamond Hill Northside Youth Association: Racial equity programming and operations to promote positive interactions between police, youth and the community through sports, health activities and dialogue

Fort Worth – Office of the Police Monitor: Independent analysis of resident and police officer survey results regarding the state of community-police relations 

Fort Worth Police Foundation: Anti-Bias Training for all Fort Worth police officers

 LVT Rise: An outreach worker, community meetings and resident survey to address safety and racial equity issues in the Las Vegas Trail area

The next opportunity to apply for funding will be in early 2021.

 

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