Economic Development and Nonprofits

Foundation wins $350K grant

November 13, 2019
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The Catalyzing Community Giving initiative "supports communities of color in using philanthropy to become agents of their own change." Courtesy W.K. Kellogg Foundation

A local foundation has received a $350,000 grant to focus on communities of color.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is among the international grant partners selected for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s new Catalyzing Community Giving cohort, according to the community foundation this week.

The initiative seeks to “amplify locally driven philanthropy by and for communities of color.”

The initiative engages donors in issues that disproportionately affect vulnerable children and families in their communities. Thirty-one other community foundations, nonprofits and emerging networks make up the fourth Catalyzing Community Giving cohort, totaling a $9.5 million investment by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation over three years.

“This grant is a recognition and acknowledgement of the work we have done to partner with communities of color and our commitment to racial, social and economic justice,” said Jonse Young, director of philanthropic services, Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

“It also identifies that we have work to do so all in our community can thrive — and that communities of color are important leaders in this work.”

The local support will bolster continuing efforts of the African American Heritage Fund and emerging partnerships in the Latinx community. It will also allow the foundation to explore potential “frameworks, possibilities or models” that may evolve as learning continues.

In the first year, the community foundation will focus on building its operational capacity, engaging one or more consultants to support committees, inform staffing structure, build relationships, fundraise and convene community. An RFP will be released soon.

“When people of color direct how resources are invested, it can transform the lives of children and families in their community,” said Ciciley Moore, program officer for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's office of the president and the lead for Catalyzing Community Giving.

“CCG helps democratize the field of philanthropy — shifting who we see as philanthropists and creating a more equitable and just philanthropic practice.”

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