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Rockefeller Foundation funds diversity initiative
Rockefeller Foundation funds diversity initiative

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) Board of Directors recently voted to award a $150,000 grant to the Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service in support of their W.K. Kellogg America Healing Initiative grant.

The two-year grant will fund the Center’s plan to strengthen philanthropy’s approach to racial equity. The Center will design annual programs to help a diverse set of community leaders create racial healing and equity networks among local and regional philanthropists.

“Children, families, and communities of color in Arkansas are disproportionately poor, under-educated, and economically disadvantaged,” said Dr. Sherece Y. West, President and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. “In order to fully address those inequalities, attention must be paid to longstanding racial and ethnic disparities and barriers to opportunity.”

The Center on Community Philanthropy, as a grantee of The America Healing Initiative of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, aims to reduce poverty for vulnerable children and their families by researching structural racism and disseminating those findings to key decision makers and policy leaders. The Kellogg grant requires local match funding and partners who share the value of racial equity and social justice.

“This grant, along with support from the Kellogg Foundation, will increase our capacity to talk about and proactively address the vestiges of institutional racism in our state,” said Dr. Charlotte Lewellen- Williams, Director of the Center for Community Philanthropy.

 The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas-Clinton School of Public Service explores the concept of philanthropy as the kind of giving and sharing from within that is characteristic of positive change and long-lasting development in impoverished communities. The Center provides a forum for broad debate and exploration of the newest and most effective ways that philanthropy can challenge and transform conditions of poverty, injustice, and the lack of opportunity in the South.

For more information on the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, go to www.wrfoundation.org.