The Making Black Lives Matter Initiative seeks to offer an issue framework for philanthropy that we believe can most effectively increase the prospects of removing the systemic barriers that prevent Black communities from thriving.  While there are certainly other important issues that will contribute to creating thriving Black communities, we believe that these issues are of central importance and allow for the dynamic inclusion and intersection of specific areas of work, campaigns and constituencies. The MBLM Initiative will focus its grantmaking on Black-led community organizing groups that seek concrete policy changes in the following five issues areas:


  • Criminalization – including police accountability, criminal justice reform, school to prison pipeline work, re-entry reform, etc.

  • Economic Justice/Employment – including living/minimum wage increases; barriers to employment; work supports and benefits; access to unions, etc.

  • Education – including organizing for quality public education in Black communities and against public school closures and conversion; reducing the racial achievement gap; etc.

  • Affordable Housing & Anti-Gentrification– including organizing to preserve, improve and increase access to affordable and public housing; fighting discriminatory lending policies; promote equitable development, inclusionary zoning and other practices to reduce residential dislocation of Black communities

  • Civic Engagement/Accountable governance – including organizing to protect and increase access to voting and civic engagement.


The MBLM Initiative is also particularly interested in supporting organizations that are led by Black women and youth because the leadership of Black women and youth has always been so important, but often marginalized in movements for Black social change. We are also interested in Black-led organizing groups that are located in the South, because the Black community in America is concentrated in the US South, suffer extreme inequities and Black-led organizing groups in the region are particularly under-resourced.

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