Subject: #SoulBlast - POISE Foundation Announces Human Equity and Justice Fund and Opens Up Grantmaking Program

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#SoulBlast - POISE Foundation Announces Human Equity and Justice Fund and Opens Up Grantmaking Program

POISE Foundation Announces
Human Equity and Justice Fund and Opens Up Grantmaking Program in Celebration of
Black Philanthropy Month 2020


In mid-June, POISE Foundation’s CEO joined over 60 Black Foundation CEOs representing foundations throughout the country endorsing a set of imperatives requesting action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism outlined in a statement released by the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE).  This statement includes this powerful opening declaration: “While COVID-19 is novel as a virus, the pestilence of anti-Black racism that dictates its disproportionate impact on Black communities is centuries old. Few things drive this point home more poignantly than the massive protests sparked by the recent killing of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade at the hands of the police and white vigilantes. The inability to breathe for Black people stricken with COVID-19 and George Floyd’s last breaths being stolen from him by a white police officer’s knee on his neck are profoundly painful symbols of the intersecting threats to Black life caused by the ubiquitous plague of anti-Black racism.”

In the last several weeks, POISE has been approached by a number of Black-Led Organizations, Activists, and individuals inquiring if the Foundation has a Fund that supports Black social justice and equity efforts in light of current events concerning police violence, social injustice and systemic anti-Black racism.


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