Racial Equity Fund

An initiative of the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville

Racial Equity Fund

We believe that this community has the resources to address our most pressing problems. The Community Foundation commits to do what we do best: mobilize generosity to address community needs. That’s why we, through the generosity of our Founding Donors, are launching the new Racial Equity Fund. This fund will provide discretionary grant funding for those nonprofit organizations who are on the front lines addressing the issue of racism and inequity in our community.

We believe all residents in our community should have the opportunity to fulfill their highest potential. When we tackle the existing gaps in racial equity, we will expand opportunities to many people across our community. Then, our community will experience the necessary change to be a place where all our residents can learn, work, and further contribute to a healthy, thriving and prosperous place to call home.


Community Capital to Address Equity Issues

The Racial Equity Fund will support both current year grantmaking, as well as serve as a permanent source of funding to address the ongoing needs for racial equity. Fifty percent of all donations will be deployed for current year grants, and fifty percent of all donations will be added to the Racial Equity Endowment to provide a lasting legacy of support for this issue.

 


Grantmaking

The Racial Equity Fund will provide grant funding to address equity gaps in the following areas that affect quality of life:

  • Criminal justice system
  • Education and job readiness
  • Health and wellness
  • Income and wealth creation
  • Neighborhoods and communities
Grant Focus:
  • Grant Range: $1,000 - $25,000
  • Geographic Focus: Greater Huntsville, Alabama
  • Funding Priority: Priority will be given to projects that meet the following criteria:
    • Strategically address one or more equity gaps
    • Involve more than one agency or organization and are collaborative in nature
    • Address a desired systemic change
    • Provide clear and measurable outcomes
Eligible Recipients:

All grants from this Fund must be made for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes to any organization that is described Code Section 170(c)(2), 501(c)(3), 2055(a)(2) or 2522(a)(2) (except for private foundations as defined by Code Section 509(a)) ("qualified organization"). Qualified organizations also include schools, religious institutions, or government agencies located in the Greater Huntsville area.

Eligible Expenses:
  • Program costs for new and/or existing programs
  • Reasonable staff and/or volunteer time and training associated with the implementation of the program/project
  • Educational or awareness events
  • Capital expenses
Ineligible Expenses:
  • Organizations not organized as “qualified organizations” as defined in Eligible Recipients section above
  • Grants to individuals
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Fundraising events or galas
  • Annual campaigns
  • Membership drives
  • Conference expenses
  • Political activities intended to influence legislation, carry on propaganda, influence the outcome of any specific public election, favor one or more specific political party or candidate, or otherwise carry out lobbying activities 
Grantee Responsibilities:

Successful grantees will be required to sign a Grant Agreement prior to receiving funding. The Grantee must also report back on the use of the grant funding and what measurable outcomes were achieved as a result of the funded project. Grant projects must be completed and grant reports submitted by June 30, 2021.

Grant Submission:

The grant cycle for this fund will open on July 6, 2020 on the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville's new online grant portal.  New grant applicants will need to create an account for this platform. Deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. CDT, July 31, 2020.

We believe that our community has the resources to address these most pressing problems.  If you believe like we do at the Community Foundation, we ask you to join us and to be part of the solution.

Founding Donors

The Community Foundation recognizes with gratitude those Founding Donors whose gifts helped launch the Racial Equity Fund. Listed here are the donors who gave gifts of $5,000 or more to set up this fund.  All gifts to the Racial Equity Fund are appreciated. 

  • Ability Plus

  • ADTRAN

  • Pam and Joe Alexander

  • Aruna and Amit Arora

  • Tommy and Eula Battle

  • BB&T, now Truist

  • The Boeing Company

  • Cynthia Gay Brooks

  • Bobby Bradley and Charley Burruss

  • Bridgeworth Community Fund

  • J.R. and Kakki Brooks

  • Ana and Jim Byrne

  • CADENCE Bank Community Reinvestment Fund

  • CenterState and South State Bank

  • City of Madison

  • BG (R) Philip and Mrs. Sharlene Coker

  • Karren and Roger Crowson

  • Mike and Theresa Durboraw

  • ERC Helping Hands Fund

  • Facebook

  • Dr. James and Violet Gilbert

  • Google Fiber

  • Dr. Gregory Gum

  • H204Christ Foundation Fund

  • Jane and Brian Hinson

  • Jim and Lynn Hudson

  • Huntsville Hospital Health System

  • KBR

  • Little Drummer Girl Fund

  • Larry and Amanda Lowe

  • Mike and Patty Lowe

  • Todd and Zara Lowry

  • LSINC Corporation

  • Bob and Cindi Ludwig

  • Doug and Lauren Martinson

  • Jim and Holly McCarty

  • Jean McCrady

  • The Omega Select Investment Group and other Omega Men

  • Redstone Federal Credit Union

  • Andree Reeves

  • Thomas and Anne Marie Reidy

  • Dianne and Jim Reynolds

  • Chris Russell and Sharon Doviet

  • Ryan Family Foundation

  • Woody, Myra, and Sam Sanderson

  • Sangeeta and Ashok Singhal

  • Tommy and Susan Siniard

  • Synovus

  • Richard and Wanda Tucker

  • Torch Technologies

  • Toyota Alabama

  • Joe and Lynne Berry Vallely

  • Hunter and Nancy Washington Vaughn

  • Vector Wealth Strategies

  • Wells Fargo Foundation

  • The Widener Family Fund

  • Frank Williams and family

  • Si Chiang Wu, Ming Li Wu, Magali Rivera, and Ernie Wu

  • Wendy Yang, Dr. Richard Myers, and Susannah Myers

  • Yulista

  • Other anonymous donors

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can donate?

Any member of our community can contribute to the Racial Equity Fund!  We believe that we are #StrongerTogether.  When our community comes together to solve our most pressing problems, we are stronger and more impactful than any individual, company, or organization can be on its own.

Who decides where the money goes?

The Racial Equity Fund Grants Committee will review all grant applications and make grant awards from the fund.  This Grants Committee is comprised of a diverse group of community members with more than half of the members representing racial and ethnic minorities.  It is critical that the groups being supported have a strong voice in the process and in the grants that are made.

What types of projects?

The Racial Equity Fund will be used to address equity gaps in the following areas:

  • Criminal justice system
  • Education and job readiness
  • Health and wellness
  • Income and wealth creation
  • Neighborhoods and communities

All grants from this Fund must be made for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes to any organization that is described Code Section 170(c)(2), 501(c)(3), 2055(a)(2) or 2522(a)(2) (except for private foundations as defined by Code Section 509(a)) ("qualified organization"). Qualified organizations include schools, religious institutions, or government agencies located in the United States.

How is the Racial Equity Endowment different from other local fundraising efforts to help issues surrounding racial equality?

The Greater Huntsville community is very generous, and so it is no surprise that there are a number of worthwhile organizations, projects, and programs that support equity in our community.  

The Racial Equity Fund is different than other fundraising efforts in that it will support both current year grantmaking, as well as serve as a permanent source of funding to address the ongoing needs for racial equity.  Fifty percent (50%) of all donations will be deployed for current year grants, and fifty percent (50%) of all donations will be added to the Racial Equity Endowment to provide a lasting legacy of support for this issue.

What portion of donations to the Racial Equity Endowment will be available for grants each year?

Half of all donations to the Racial Equity Fund will be used for current grantmaking, and the balance will be used to grow the Racial Equity Endowment to address equity issues in our community for years to come.

If there are community needs, why create an endowment instead of spending all donations now?

An endowment provides a stable source of income to address the concerns of racial equity  forever, and contributions to the Racial Equity Fund provide a lasting legacy of the donors who support it. The impact of these investments will continue to benefit the community long after the donations have been made. Additionally, our community is growing and changing each year, and the needs of tomorrow may be different from our needs today. The Racial Equity Fund will be here to meet the needs of the community both now and forever.

How does the Community Foundation publicize the grant opportunity?

The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville promotes grant opportunities from the Racial Equity Fund through its website, through social media channels, and through targeted e-mail correspondence.

Can I make an honorary or memorial gift to the Racial Equity Endowment?

Yes! Because equity is an issue that should be important to all of us who call the Greater Huntsville area "home," an honorary or memorial donation to the Racial Equity Fund  is a perfect way to honor those who are committed to creating a better community for all of us.

Can I donate assets other than cash to the Racial Equity Endowment?

Yes! The Community Foundation can accept not only cash and credit cards, but also non-cash gifts such as stocks and bonds. Assets such as real estate and other personal property may also be accepted, but are subject to Board approval.

To make a credit card donation to the Racial Equity Fund, please click the Donate button above. If you would like more information about making a non-cash gift to the Racial Equity Fund, please contact Melissa Thompson at melissa@communityfoundationhsv.org for simple transaction instructions.

Will any fees be taken from donated amounts?

The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville has waived its administrative fees for the management of the Racial Equity Fund.


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