EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
We seek to support civic participation and community organizing to achieve policy changes that will address the root causes of economic and racial inequities.
Economic and racial inequities persist in our region. Nearly one-third of Allegheny County residents live at or near the poverty level and Black, Indigenous and people of color have the poorest outcomes across almost every indicator of individual and community well-being. For example, the 2019 Gender Equity Commission report found that Black women in Pittsburgh, when compared to those in similar cities, face higher rates of maternal mortality and poverty along with lower rates of employment and college readiness. While interventions can improve outcomes for individuals, equitable access to opportunity will only be possible at scale when systemic policies, practices and cultural messages that perpetuate injustice are eliminated. To do this, we recognize that resident leadership is critical to accomplishing change.
Our equity and social justice grantmaking places strong emphasis on strengthening the voice and power of low-income residents and people of color because policies and systems have created barriers for them when it comes to education, housing, criminal justice, public health and participation in our democracy.
To learn more about our grantmaking related to Equity and Social Justice, select one of the following:
End Mass Incarceration: We seek to uplift and provide resources for community-led efforts to change policies and practices that result in over-incarceration and racial disparities in the criminal legal system.
Youth Justice: We are interested in supporting intervention and prevention activities that support youth who have any involvement with the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Social Justice Fund
If your organization or fiscally-sponsored project has an operating budget of $250,000 or less and you have not previously received a grant from our foundation-directed grants program, please consider applying through our Social Justice Fund.
Learn about other foundation-directed grantmaking focus areas: