“Day one you come in and you are paid even for your work on your health. Hope is how we all begin to fill that safety net.”

Group of individuals standing together

The Community Foundation recently distributed a new round of grants from its Black Equity & Excellence Fund. Grants from the fund support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism. Fourteen grants were distributed, totaling $248,000. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Black Equity & Excellence Fund allowed for optimization of UrbanTsyr online content with professionally enhanced videos and marketing of various initiatives.

Through the generous support of the Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund we produced, in April and July, two high-quality, main stage productions that were recorded and streamed.

Knowing that initiatives such as the BE&E Fund believes in your vision helps wounds become assets and lessens the ability for scars to become triggers.

Linda Smith stand next to a student at a long table during a literacy class session.

A strategic partnership expands adult language and literacy programs on the Northside.

Graphic image of faces for Black Equity & Excellence Fund

A policy paper outlines our rationale for investing intentionally and publicly in the support and celebration of Black members of our community.

The shelter will provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ youth.

We provided The MOST with $17,250 to launch Future Innovators, an after-school program that brings together local Black STEM professionals and CNY youth.

View a new heat map and video demonstrating the impact of our neighborhood investments so far through our LeadSafeCNY initiative.