So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund

“What is needed is a realization that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This fund is no longer receiving applications.

Akonadi Foundation’s ‘So Love Can Win’ Rapid Response Fund to launch on August 15, 2016 through November 15, 2016. Accepting applications on a rolling basis. One-time $2,500 mini-grants are intended to spark imagination and seed efforts that contribute to creating healing and safety for communities of color in Oakland.



Why did we launch the #SoLoveCanWin Rapid Response Fund?

Oakland is one of the most racially diverse cities in the country, with a majority of its residents identifying as people of color. However, people of color are disproportionately impacted by inequality, including displacement, oppressive policing, and economic injustice. Meanwhile, in Oakland and around the country, communities are rising up and calling for justice, against the murder of our trans women of color comrades, for immigration reform for our migrant and immigrant brothers and sisters, and for police accountability for our black and brown loved ones. It is more clear than ever that transformative change is needed, and philanthropy must invest in ways that spark our collective radical imagination to dream of what a more just, safe world can look like for all us.

At Akonadi Foundation, we are deeply committed to investing in and supporting community-based organizations and initiatives in Oakland that are on the frontlines of racial justice movement building. Today, we remain as committed as ever to racial justice movement building that strengthens the solidarity and intersectionality of our struggles. That is why, in response to this critical moment in Oakland and nationally, we are launching the #SoLoveCanWin Rapid Response Fund to spark imagination and seed new ways of advancing safety, healing and opportunity for everyone in Oakland, and especially communities most impacted by inequality. Building safe and healed communities is a precondition for the sustained transformative change we seek.

Through this new fund, we will offer one-time $2,500 mini-grants to racial justice projects in Oakland that reimagine, as well as lift up, ongoing work centered around healing and safety for communities of color.

The time is now to advance community rooted solutions that promote safety and healing in communities of color. As the movement for black lives celebrates three years of movement building, we express deep appreciation to the visionary leadership and bravery of The Movement for Black Lives and commit to their pledge:

We pledge togetherness—we will not allow ourselves to be divided.

We pledge to allow our thinking and actions to be guided by love.

We pledge to bring courage and power into our communities, and stop their flow out.

We pledge not to be controlled by fear, but instead by our dreams.

We at Akonadi Foundation are hopeful — hopeful because of the powerful work that continues to happen in Oakland and across the country to challenge institutionalized racism and push for lasting solutions. Through this fund, Akonadi seeks to elevate and build the power of our collective radical imagination and action — So Love Can Win.

Read below to learn more about how to apply for this new fund. Spread the word and join the conversation online using the hashtag, #SoLoveCanWin.