The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles announced Tuesday that it has awarded grants totaling $325,000 to seven local organizations to support racial equity.
“In response to the current social unrest, the foundation decided to make these grants. These inspiring programs align with our institution’s own values of creating a more civil, just and equitable society,” said Marvin I. Schotland, the foundation’s president and CEO. “We are proud to place our support behind these initiatives and look forward to following the progress of their meaningful work.”
The award recipients are:
— New Way of Life Reentry Project, which provides women exiting prison — primarily women of color — with a safe, welcoming and structured place to stay, education and employment opportunities, case management and legal services as they re-enter the community;
— African American Board Leadership Institute, which trains and places well-qualified Black professionals on boards across a number of well-known public institutions;
— Anti-Recidivism Coalition, which works to end mass incarceration and reduce recidivism rates in California through justice reform advocacy, re-entry support, mentoring, counseling, housing and career development training and partnerships;
— Jews of Color Initiative, which works to advance and build the professional, organizational and communal field for Jews of color;
— Black Women for Wellness, which focuses on research, education, outreach and leadership development of Black women to address the health challenges in their communities, where infant mortality and maternal death during childbirth run two and four times higher, respectively, than among white women regardless of socio-economic status;
— Los Angeles Brotherhood Crusade, which focuses on addressing the unmet needs of low-income, under-served, under-represented and disenfranchised individuals through initiatives such as its Youth Development Program which provides mentorship, gang prevention, educational support and career readiness for at-risk youth and students;
— Social Justice Learning Institute, which is dedicated to improving the education, health and well-being of youth and communities of color across Inglewood, Compton, Watts, Lennox, Lancaster and Palmdale through its Urban Scholars Program, which aims to increase students’ academic achievement and provide them tools and resources to advocate for an equitable education.
Schotland noted that the seven nonprofit organizations received prior support from “trusted funders,” along with the foundation’s own donors, which helped the decision-making process.
“Beyond that, we established criteria that included being Black-led, well-established, located in the communities they serve, and focused on providing direct services,” Schotland said.
The Jewish Community Foundation, established in 1954, manages charitable assets of more than $1 billion and ranks among the 10 largest Los Angeles foundations.
Last year, the foundation and its donors distributed more than $129 million in grants to 2,700 nonprofit organizations.