Change Agents for Racial Equity
Across the country, concentrated poverty, gaps in educational achievement and opportunity, and disparities in health are bound in decades of structural racism. The Rochester region has experienced more than its share of trauma from harmful policies — like punitive law enforcement and redlining — that put Black and Brown lives and livelihoods at risk.
When America’s racial justice movement surged in 2020, the Community Foundation committed to new ways to listen, learn, and act. From this endeavor came funding for our first two Social Innovation Grants of $50,000 each for projects that create change in nontraditional ways. This grant opportunity drew proposals from 25 nonprofits and community groups requesting a total of $2.8 million — a strong sign that a huge need remains unmet.
If you agree that our future depends on the ability of people of all races and ethnicities to realize their fullest potential, we are committed to standing with you in the fight for racial justice. Here are some meaningful ways to take charge of change.
We’d love to start a conversation about turning your vision into real-world change. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.