Centennial

In 2017, we celebrated our 100th year with nearly $7 million awarded in additional, Centennial-specific grants. These included a $4.5 million seed grant to the Amplify Fund, a funding collaborative created with the Ford Foundation and the Open Society Foundations that seeks to put neighborhood development in the hands of the residents of those communities. The Fund will focus on supporting citywide and regional coalitions, networks, and campaigns led by members of low-wealth communities and communities of color who are advocating and organizing for equitable development.

We also made a two-year, $800,000 commitment in support of next-generation social justice philanthropy. Through this initiative, the Foundation and Andrus Family Fund intend to spark dialogue about philanthropy centered on race, privilege, equity, and social justice and to increase the number of next-generation philanthropists who are engaged in social justice work. The initiative will provide resources for family foundations, community foundations, and donor-advised funds.

The third prong of our Centennial-specific funding was the allocation of $800,000 to five national organizations to strengthen the field of impact investing. The first five grant recipients are strengthening the field by highlighting best practices; developing frameworks, guides and tools that highlight the diverse ways organizations can utilize impact investing; and hosting convenings that raise awareness and enable like-minded investors to better understand impact investing.

Programs

Inclusive Economies

The Inclusive Economies Program seeks to foster the creation of an inclusive and equitable economy in which people of color can maximize their potential as leaders, creators and innovators across sectors.

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Sustainable Environments

The Sustainable Environments program seeks to support communities of color and low-wealth communities to direct infrastructure and land use investment dollars, drive decision-making processes and design policy solutions because those who are disproportionately impacted by environmental and climate inequity have the most powerful solutions to resolve these inequities.

 

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Thriving Cultures

The Thriving Cultures Program is guided by Radical Imagination for Racial Justice, our future-oriented, world-building strategy, which is organized across three interconnected grantmaking approaches:

  • Create invests (through regranting organizations) in artists of color who work with communities of color to imagine and build racially just systems and structures at a local scale.
  • Clarify invests in researchers and cultural critics of color to interpret and disseminate knowledge about the work of artists and to build a more equitable research and criticism infrastructure.
  • Connect advances the role of artists and communities of color in shaping public policy, narrative change, and philanthropic practices that advance racial justice.

What We Do Not Fund

Our grantmaking does not support:

  • Individuals (However, we do fund organizations that make grants to individual artists.)
  • Capital campaigns or building construction
  • Projects that are based or focused outside of the United States, tribal lands, or U.S. territories
  • Purchase of equipment
  • Awards, scholarships, or endowment funds

Grants are made by invitation only. We are not accepting unsolicited inquiries or letters of intent at this time.

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