United Way, Community Foundations Promote Racial & Social Justice
United Way of Northern California (UWNC) has joined forces with North Valley Community Foundation and Shasta Regional Community Foundation to support efforts that promote racial justice and social equity throughout the North State. The organizations are providing $100,000 in seed money to establish the North State Equity Fund. The Fund will announce the first round of grants to agencies that are doing constructive and unifying work that promotes justice and healing by the end of June 2020. As the Fund grows, it will sponsor public forums and capacity-building activities for non-profits. The fund will be administered by UWNC, under the guidance of an Advisory Committee consisting of representatives of the three organizations.
Larry Olmstead, President & CEO of UWNC, stated: “In the wake of the tragic death of George Floyd, we’ve seen rallies, marches, statements of solidarity. Now it is time to move to the next step, concrete action. This issue is bigger than any one agency. We are pleased to unite with two powerhouse North State institutions to do our part to support constructive change.”
Alexa Benson-Valavanis, President & CEO of North Valley Community Foundation, said: “It’s long past time for substantive action to reverse and rectify decades, centuries, of oppression, discrimination and injustice toward people of color, specifically Black Americans. This partnership is one incredible step in the right direction, but make no mistake, it will take all of us, and it will take millions of actions.”
Kerry Caranci, CEO of Shasta Regional Community Foundation, said: “At the heart of the Community Foundation, we exist to enhance the communities of our region beyond the status quo. We are at a pivotal moment for transformational change; through collaborative action, this fund will help us move forward to create strong and equitable North State communities.”
Tax-deductible contributions to the fund can be made online or via check payable to UWNC, mailed to United Way of Northern California, c/o North State Equity Fund, 2280 Benton Drive, Building B, Redding, CA 96003.