Ecosystem Grantmaking: A Systemic Approach to Supporting Movement Building

Since 2000, Akonadi Foundation has focused on the concept of structural racism as a framework to:

  • recognize how history and culture have allowed the privileges associated with “whiteness” and the disadvantages associated with ”color” to endure, adapt, and accumulate over time;
  • understand how public policies and institutional practices intersect and produce inequitable racial outcomes; and
  • examine how the assumptions and stereotypes embedded in U.S. dominant culture serve to legitimize and popularize racial disparities.

Racism remains an integral part of USAmerican society. It is woven into the very fabric of our culture, our language, our government, our economy. To truly dismantle this structural racism, we need a powerful social change movement that holds racial justice as a primary, fundamental goal. To fulfill our purpose to support racial justice movement building, Akonadi Foundation focuses our funding on “Ecosystem Grantmaking.” We believe this process provides the most effective, comprehensive, and values-driven way to advance the vital work of people of color-led organizations that are leading the way in implementing smart, innovative, and effective challenges to structural racism.

Our main grantmaking program areas are the Arc Toward Justice Fund and the Beloved Community Fund.

The vision of the Arc Toward Justice Fund is to achieve equity for youth and young adults of color (ages 14-24) in Oakland. Akonadi Foundation believes that to transform the culture and climate of the City of Oakland, young people of color must be treated with compassion, dignity, and respect.

Learn more here: Arc Toward Justice Fund

The Beloved Community Fund supports nonprofit organizations and those with fiscal sponsors in creating impactful public cultural events and projects geared toward communities of color in Oakland. Akonadi Foundation awards project-specific grants ranging from $2,000 – $15,000. In 2016, the average grant size was $7,500 with a total of $450,000 awarded.

To learn more or to apply, click here: Beloved Community Fund

If you have questions about any of our programs, please contact Iris Garcia, Akonadi’s Learning and Impact Program Officer: Iris [at] akonadi.org