$80 Million To Advance Racial and Ethnic Justice

  • Racial Justice Field Support, with a focus on combatting anti-Blackness, supports building Black power by supporting Black-led and -focused philanthropic organizations. MacArthur also will take a leadership role in positioning reparations and racial healing as issues that philanthropy helps to meaningfully address.
  • Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples supports uplifting Indigenous communities to enable autonomous pursuit of a recovery guided by their priorities, cultures, and practices.
  • Public Health Equity and COVID-19 Mitigation and Recovery supports improving access to resources for immediate health challenges while advancing new policies, models, and structures to support a more equitable and resilient public health sector in the future.
  • An Equitable Housing Demonstration Project supports restoring communities and reducing incarceration and housing instability by generating an array of housing solutions that can help to permanently end the use of jails and prisons as housing of last resort.

Racial Justice Field Support

  • Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW-21) will receive $1.5 million to build the capacity and power of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to work on cultural, social, economic, and political upliftment, including support for the National African American Reparations Commission. IBW-21 will serve as the fiscal sponsor for National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations (N’COBRA), which will receive $1.5 million for non-lobbying activities to support the movement for reparations for people of African descent in the United States and the global Black diaspora.
  • LEAP Africa will receive $2 million to create the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund in partnership with the Ford Foundation, to build on momentum from the youth-led #ENDSARS movement and to inspire, empower, and equip a new cadre of leaders with skills for personal, organizational, and community transformation.
  • The Barack Obama Foundation will receive $5 million to develop programming space within the Obama Presidential Center that will focus on leadership training, racial healing, and civic engagement on Chicago’s South Side.

Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples

  • Cultural Survival will receive $900,000 to support its work for a future that respects and honors Indigenous peoples’ inherent rights and dynamic cultures and empowers Indigenous peoples to pursue their self-determination and sustain their lands, cultures, and ecosystems.
  • Allied Media Projects will receive $3 million for the Decolonizing Wealth Project, which will increase investment in Native American-led and -serving organizations that focus on issues such as self-determination, climate change, and COVID-19 recovery.
  • Native BioData Consortium which is led by Indigenous biomedical scientists and governed by a board and community advisory group that includes tribal experts in precision health, technology, law, policy, business, ethics, and cultural matters — will receive $2 million to use health data for quality-of-life improvement and to ensure that advances in genetics and health research benefit all Indigenous people.

Public Health Equity and COVID-19 Mitigation

  • Healthcare Ready will receive $325,000 which it will use to make the U.S. healthcare supply chain more resilient to disruptions and to promote an equitable response, especially in communities of color.
  • Latino Policy Forum will receive $360,000 which it will use advance a Illinois racial equity reform agenda and to support Illinois Unidos, a collaborative COVID-19 vaccine access and public health initiative.
  • Socio-Legal Information Centre will receive $1 million to help public and community organizations in ten states in India build awareness and learning about healthcare and other social protections associated with COVID-19 relief and recovery.

Housing Demonstration Project

Equitable Recovery Initiative




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