Race Forward Announces $1 Million Contribution to Grassroots Racial Justice Organizing Groups

August 26, 2021

Contact: Maya Boddie

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New York, NY -- Race Forward, a leading racial justice organization, announced today that it will distribute $1 million to community racial justice organizations across the country. Of the $1 million, $52,000 will be allocated to groups within Race Forward’s #RaceAnd Our Present, Our Future host committee in celebration and support of the innovative, intergenerational, and intersectional work taking place at the forefront of the racial justice movement. 

“We are honored to be able to contribute to these grassroots organizations doing incredible and necessary work to advance racial justice during this critical, unprecedented moment in history,” said Glenn Harris, President of Race Forward and Publisher of Colorlines. “Each organization is unequivocally committed to reimagining a future where people of color thrive, and we are excited to support them in their efforts to build a more just world for generations to come.”

“This is a great example of what we call radical mutual aid,” said Roberta Rael, Director of Generation Justice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “Oftentimes, small, local grassroots nonprofits do not have the capacity to fundraise the way larger national groups do. Based in a poorer state, Generation Justice does not have access to the number of high-level independent donors or family foundations as larger groups in wealthier states. During this pandemic, our services have been needed more than ever, and now, with this generous contribution from Race Forward, we can increase our resources.” Generation Justice trains youth to become multidimensional leaders committed to social transformation.

“Race Forward’s generous and timely contribution to Women on the Rise GA will allow us to ramp up efforts in our campaign to close a city jail,” said Robyn Hasan, Programs Coordinator at Women on the Rise in Atlanta, Georgia. ‘We’re excited to continue our work of building a base of powerful Black, formerly-incarcerated women to shape the national conversation around public safety in our communities.”

The contributions are the result of the generous donations Race Forward received during 2020 due to an increased number of individuals and organizations realizing the importance of working toward racial justice in the wake of the murder of George Floyd.

Among the organizations receiving contributions are:

Action St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)

Anti-Police Terror Project (Sacramento, CA)

Assata’s Daughters (Chicago, IL)

Brooklyn Movement Center (Brooklyn, NY)

Black Organizing Project (Oakland, CA)

Black Leadership and Organizing Collective (North Carolina)

Black Swan Academy (Washington, D.C.)

Carolina Youth Action Project (South Carolina)

Communities of Color United (Austin, TX)

Generation Justice (Albuquerque, NM)

Good Kids Mad City (Chicago, IL)

Refund Raleigh (Raleigh, NC)

Women on the Rise GA (Atlanta, GA)




About Race Forward:

Race Forward, celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, catalyzes movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we bring systemic analysis and innovative approaches to complex race issues to build strategies and help people take effective action to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture.