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Akonadi Foundation Launches Second Year of #SoLoveCanWin Community Response Fund

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Funding will Support Efforts that Create Healing and Safety in Oakland’s Communities of Color.

Oakland, Calif. - In light of recent events and a political climate that seeks to threaten local communities of color, the Akonadi Foundation will accept applications for funding to its So Love Can Win Community Response Fund through November 15.

Through So Love Can Win Rapid Response Fund, the Foundation will award grants from $3,000 to $5,000 to organizations and individuals seeking to advance safety, healing and opportunity for everyone in Oakland, especially communities most impacted by inequity and injustice.

“At this moment we are facing an emergence and emboldening of white supremacy and hatred across the nation,” said Iris Garcia, Program Officer of the Akonadi Foundation. “In Oakland and around the country, communities are rising up and calling for racial justice and an end to racism, hatred and bigotry. We urgently need to uplift current efforts and seed new visions of safety and health for our communities of color.”

Oakland remains one of the most racially diverse cities in the country, with a majority of its residents identifying as people of color. But in Oakland, as in many cities, people of color are disproportionately harmed by inequality, including displacement, oppressive policing, and gun violence.

The Akonadi Foundation is deeply committed to investing in and supporting community-based organizations and initiatives working to advance racial justice in Oakland. For more than 17 years, the Foundation has worked to eliminate structural racism that lies at the heart of inequity in the United States by advancing grantmaking that supports and nurtures racial justice movement building. Continuing its work in Oakland, last year the Foundation launched the So Love Can Win Community Response Fund to seed new thinking and new efforts promoting healing and safety in communities of color.  

Past projects supported by this fund included neighborhood collectives, spiritual practitioners, and frontline activists that challenged institutionalized racism and pushed for new solutions. Between August 15 - November 15, 2016, the Akonadi Foundation awarded 38 grants totaling $91,000 from the So Love Can Win Community Response Fund. Many of the grants were given to organizations working with communities at the intersection of multiple oppressions including gender, sexual orientation, formerly incarcerated, survivors of trafficking and sex exploitation, ability, and age.

More information about the So Love Can Win Fund, the application process and criteria are available on the Akonadi website and on social media with the hashtags, #SoLoveCanWin and #SLCW17.

About the Akonadi Foundation

Akonadi Foundation is guided by a vision for a racially just society. Since its founding in 2000, the Foundation has given over 1,300 grants totaling $30 million to nonprofit organizations, primarily in the Bay Area as well as across the country, to support and nurture racial justice movement building and to eliminate structural racism. Akonadi Foundation shifted its grantmaking in 2012 to focus solely on Oakland, in order to concentrate its financial and human resources on building a localized racial justice movement. Through an ecosystem grant making lens, Akonadi focuses on sustaining community power and racial justice movement building through its two primary program areas: the Arc Toward Justice Fund, focusing on youth of color, and the Beloved Community Fund, funding public cultural and arts events rooted in Oakland. For more information: Akonadi.org.