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Why we exist

The Black Fund exists to unleash the power of Black-led organizations and uplift solutions to benefit the Black community in Central Texas. Driven by data and community voice, we strive for an equitable, just society that nurtures the growth, economic security, and wellness of Black people.

Our theory of change

If we invest in Black-led organizations by creating a fund that helps all Black leaders thrive, then Black-led organizations will scale, we will have an equitable system in which Black people can thrive, disparate outcomes will decrease, and Black-led organizations will be fully empowered to contribute to a more sustainable community that benefits all people.

We invest in the following impact areas:

  • EDUCATION
  • HEALTH & WELLNESS
  • POWER BUILDING, ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY
  • WEALTH BUILDING
EDUCATION

The Black Fund will invest in educational initiatives and spaces that support successful outcomes for Black people.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

The Black Fund will invest in initiatives and organizations that advance the mental, physical, and spiritual health and wellness of Black Central Texans.

POWER BUILDING, ORGANIZING AND ADVOCACY

The Black Fund will invest in urgent, emergent, and ongoing initiatives and organizations that harness the collective power of Black people as a means of challenging, redesigning, or uprooting systems to continually move us towards an equitable society.

WEALTH BUILDING

The Black Fund will invest in initiatives and organizations that close the racial wealth gap for Black Central Texans by providing an ecosystem of support resulting in increased individual and shared growth and prosperity.

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Centering the Experience:
Black-led Nonprofits in Austin

An evaluation of the needs and priorities of Austin’s Black-led nonprofits and how to mobilize resources to support and further their work.

READ THE REPORT

Founders

  • Colette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D.
  • Kendra Garrett
  • Jameila “Meme” Styles

 

Campaign Co-Chairs

  • Terry P. Mitchell
  • Pamela Benson Owens

Steering Committee

  • Colette Pierce Burnette, Ed.D.
  • Ashton Cumberbatch
  • Shaleiah Fox
  • Kendra Garrett
  • Pastor Laurent Grosvenor
  • Tam Hawkins
  • Stephanie Lang
  • Judge Lora Livingston
  • Terry P. Mitchell
  • Pamela Benson Owens
  • Shuronda Robinson
  • Llyas Salahud-din
  • Yasmine Smith
  • Matt Stephenson
  • Jameila “Meme” Styles

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