North Texas Community Foundation launches fund for racial equality

Fundholders from the North Texas Community Foundation, Rainwater Charitable Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Miles Foundation, Colonial Savings, and Texas Bank and Trust have come together to create the Fund to Advance Racial Equity in 2020 to to address community-wide issues.

The fund awarded $500,520 to a number of community organizations in the first round of funding.

“After the tragic death of Atatiana Jefferson, we sat down with local philanthropic leaders to consider how we could invest more intentionally to address racial inequality in our community,” said Rose Bradshaw, President and CEO of the management of the foundation.

Jefferson was fatally shot by Fort Worth Police Officer Aaron Dean on October 12, 2019, when he shot him through the window of a house in the 1200 block of East Allen Avenue. Dean was charged with murder. He is awaiting his trial.

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Her sister, Ashley Carr, has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit for the 28-year-old’s murder against Dean, former Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus, Mayor Betsy Price and the City of Fort Worth. May 17.

“We had a lot to learn about the health, education and economic disparities that exist for people of color in our community,” Bradshaw said. “With the support of the fantastic Rainwater Charitable Foundation team, we have listened to local residents, donors and organizations in our community who have been committed to this work for many years. They helped us identify two essential keys to success: relationships and resources.

“Together, we created the Fund to Advance Racial Equity, which supports nonprofits and civic entities working to build understanding among racially diverse groups, build bipartisan community leadership, and build trust between residents and law enforcement,” Bradshaw said.

The North Texas Community Foundation said in a press release that the community is at its best when people come together to address the challenges it faces.

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“From high-profile incidents between residents and police, to the data shared in our 2016 North Texas Race and Equity Report, to the impacts of COVID-19 that have disproportionately affected people of color. , our community and our country have a long history of injustice. and ongoing challenges with race relations and racial equity,” the press release read.

“We all want North Texas to be a place where everyone can thrive. What we have learned is that all the money in the world is not going to make it. The overarching goal of our work is to build relationships among the diverse members of our community so that pathways to opportunity are opened up for all of us,” Bradshaw said.

The Fund’s goals to advance racial equity are three-fold: to build understanding among racially diverse groups to raise awareness of the challenges as well as solutions related to racial equity; support community leadership that advances racial equity; and increase trust between residents and law enforcement to bridge gaps, bridge historical divides, and develop new relationships.

An advisory board of about 20 members from the diverse community provides feedback to inform the fund’s work, hold the fund accountable to its goals, advocate for the effort, and help connect grantees to decision makers, the company’s press release says. foundation. A subset of this group served as the Grants Committee, reviewing proposals and making recommendations for funding. Members of the grants committee did not serve on the boards of the agencies seeking funding, nor were they employed by them.

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“We are excited and eager to learn more about your grantees’ projects and support their efforts to advance racial equity. Doing this work requires more than just financial support; it also requires building relationships and having access to resources that bolster their efforts,” said Fund Liaison Donna James Harvey.

2021 Fund to Advance Racial Equity Grantees by Category:

Strengthen understanding

– 619 Productions: For artistic education and Black, Brown and Blue music production.

Alliance Child & Family Solutions: Support workshops for community members to better understand racial inequalities.

– YMCA of the Arlington-Mansfield area: for the Y Brave Space Studios Advancing Racial Equity podcast.

– Diamond Hill Northside Youth Association: To lead workshops on effective dialogue around race, organize a youth art competition and fund a mural.

– Fort Worth Museum of Science and History: to support the exhibition Fort Worth and the Negro Motorist Green Book.

– Fort Worth Opera Association: to support A Night of Black Excellence; Past, Present and Future featuring international opera singers as well as other artists and musicians.

– Gladney Center for Adoption: to support Gladney University trainings on racial equity topics related to children, families, foster families and adoption.

– Keller ISD Education Foundation: to support the Changemaker Summit, a collaborative art installation and the Agents of Change community service projects.

– Walk to the Polls: To support Tarrant County’s expansion project to create lifetime voters in historically underrepresented communities.

– Maroon 9 Community Enrichment Organization: To support the second annual Virtual Youth Enrichment Summit and summer programming.

– National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum: For the Youth Cultural Heritage Workshop program.

– Texas Refugee Services: to support the Refugee Music Collaborative to better understand the refugee experience in the Fort Worth community.

– Rivertree Academy: For the creation and distribution of We See Color book sets that will promote education about diversity, inclusion and race relations.

– Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society: To support the hiring of the first Community Outreach Coordinator and Educator.

– Tarrant County Coalition for Peace and Justice: For salary support of the new Executive Director.

– Thank You Darlin’ Foundation: To support the Voice2Youth program using the arts to foster connection and understanding between racially diverse groups.

– United Way of Tarrant County: to support the BRAVE/R™ TOGETHER collective impact strategy in postcode 76104.

– Unity Unlimited: For the media production of Fort Worth’s June 19 community celebration.

– UNTHSC Foundation: to support the HSC RISE team, including research projects on health disparities, community education and awareness.

Support community leadership

– Fort Worth Arts Council: Provide training on diversity, equity, inclusion and access to local arts organizations and independent artists.

– BoardBuild: to identify, train and place diverse community leaders on nonprofit boards.

– DNAWORKS: For the salary support of the new general manager.

– Leadership Fort Worth: To support upcoming cohorts of Leadership Class and LeadingEdge to inspire and equip leaders to drive change in Fort Worth.

– ISD Leadership: For forming District Racial Equity Transformation Teams to address systemic change in school districts.

– Northside Intercommunity Agency: Develop a coalition of community leaders and residents to identify the needs and resources of the Northside community.

Improve trust between the neighborhood and the police

– Community Frontline: To support the hiring of a Race Relations Coordinator and a Police Relations Coordinator.

– Fort Worth Office of the Police Monitor: To support two interns who will conduct policing policy research and support community engagement.

“Our foundation is committed to applying these same principles to ourselves and to our work. We look forward to working with our valued community partners to lay the foundation for a strong community for all, for generations to come,” said Bradshaw.

Fund to Advance Racial Equity Investors

NTCF Fund Holders

ABBA Homan Charitable Fund

The Connerly family

Fort Worth Advancement Fund

GWR Foundation Fund

Kristie and Brian Gibson Charitable Fund Hanley Family Charitable Fund Barbara Waldron Jiongo and Michael James Jiongo Charitable Fund Si and Buck Martin Legacy Fund Jeremy Smith & Family George C. and Sue W. Sumner Fund Lisa & Burch Waldron Charitable Fund The Sharon Ann McCulloch-Wells and John W. Wells Endowed Fund Doris C. and Harry K. Werst Charitable Fund Margaret Mann Wilson Fund Jack W. & Paula J. Winter Charitable Fund Other Donors Anonymous Colonial Savings Matthew Rainwater Rainwater Charitable Foundation Texas Bank and Trust

To view a donor catalog, which describes all the projects funded by 17 community foundations and a handful of private foundations, visit:

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