Akonadi Foundation was launched in 2000, a year after California voters approved Proposition 21, a racist ballot measure targeting and criminalizing young people of color. Although youth advocates lost the fight against Prop. 21, the movement that arose in opposition to this draconian initiative profoundly shaped Akonadi. We were, and continue to be, inspired by the youth activists and justice groups in the Bay Area and across the state who organize and lead the charge against racial injustice.
Over the last two decades, the Foundation has given over 1,800 grants totaling $43 million to nonprofit organizations, primarily in the Bay Area as well as across the country, that have centered power-building and organizing to fuel a racial justice movement. Today, we face an oppressive political and cultural environment that demands a focused approach to deepen the impact of our work. Akonadi is doubling down on our commitment to work collaboratively with organizers in Oakland, as well as with our peers in philanthropy, to reduce the everyday oppression that criminalizes young people of color.