North State Equity Fund

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$70,000 in Grants Awarded to Advance Equity in the North State

April 2020

The second round of North State Equity Fund grants were awarded this month to seventeen North State agencies. Several of the larger awards were to agencies addressing issues of Native American life and culture. Trinity County Office of Education was granted $8,000 to assist in development of curriculum responsive to the indigenous population in its county. “Given the history and makeup of our region, this is a critical area of focus,” said Melody Proebstel, UWNC Regional Director and the Fund administrator.

 Awardees include: 

  • $7,000 Stonewall Alliance of Chico (Butte County)
  • $6,000 Level Up NorCal (Shasta County)
  • $6,000 Indian Cultural Organization (Shasta County)
  • $6,000 Local Indians for Education (Shasta County)
  • $5,000 Wynn Memorial Learning Center (Butte County)
  • $5,000 Tiny, Mighty & Strong (Siskiyou County)
  • $4,800 Siskiyou Works (Siskiyou County)
  • $4,500 Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County
  • $4,500 Oroville Southside Community Improvement Association (Butte County)
  • $2,500 Mountain Passages (Plumas County)
  • $2,500 Radical Rainbows (Butte County)
  • $2,500 Voices of the Golden Ghost (Shasta County)
  • $2,200 MLK Unity (Butte County)
  • $2,000 Shasta College Foundation (Shasta County)
  • $1,500 Shasta Scout (Shasta County)
  • $1,000 Amma Culture (Butte County)

The grants are the first in a series of funding opportunities for non-profit organizations intended to spur positive efforts towards inter-cultural dialogue and equal opportunity. The Fund was established in June 2020 after the tragic death of George Floyd. The partner organizations provided seed money of $100,000. As the Fund grows, additional grant opportunities may include organizational capacity-building and public forums that promote education, awareness and constructive dialogue. 

“We are excited, not only to provide funding to these six agencies that already do so much for the community, but for the opportunity to deepen relationships with the agencies in anticipation of working together on important projects in the future,” said Larry Olmstead, President & CEO of United Way of Northern California, which is administering the fund on behalf of the three partners.


North State Equity Fund Awards $21,000 in Grants

July 2020

The recently launched North State Equity Fund (NSEF) today announced grants of $3,500 each to six agencies for their contributions to equity in the North State.

 Awardees include: 

  • African American Family and Cultural Center, Oroville 
  • Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County, Oroville 
  • Latino Outreach of Tehama County, Red Bluff 
  • Native Roots Network, Redding 
  • Shasta County Citizens Against Racism, Redding 
  • Stonewall Alliance of Chico, Chico 

The grants are the first in a series of funding opportunities for non-profit organizations intended to spur positive efforts towards inter-cultural dialogue and equal opportunity. The Fund was established in June 2020 after the tragic death of George Floyd. The partner organizations provided seed money of $100,000. As the Fund grows, additional grant opportunities may include organizational capacity-building and public forums that promote education, awareness and constructive dialogue. 

“We are excited, not only to provide funding to these six agencies that already do so much for the community, but for the opportunity to deepen relationships with the agencies in anticipation of working together on important projects in the future,” said Larry Olmstead, President & CEO of United Way of Northern California, which is administering the fund on behalf of the three partners.


United Way, Community Foundations Promote Racial & Social Justice

June 2020

United Way of Northern California (UWNC) has joined forces with North Valley Community Foundation and Community Foundation of the North State 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 Community Foundation of the North State, 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.”

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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.

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Media Contacts:

Melody Proebstel
Phone: 530-809-4932 
Cell: 530-680-5459
Email: mproebstel@norcalunitedway.org

Larry Olmstead
Phone: 530-319-3149
Cell: 530-604-2885
Email: lolmstead@norcalunitedway.org

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