“We See You” Grants to Black-led Organizations
The Black Future Co-op Fund is honored to announce $1 million in grants to 40 Black-led organizations across Washington state that are leading powerful work to ignite Black generational wealth, health, and well-being. We’re grateful for these organizations’ efforts to ensure that all Black Washingtonians are liberated, prosperous, and self-determined to fully live our lives. Read about the grant recipients.
Black Future Co-op Fund
Created by and for Black Washingtonians, the Black Future Co-op Fund is a new paradigm for philanthropy uplifting Black-led solutions that ignite Black generational wealth, health, and well-being. The Fund is Washington state’s first all Black-led philanthropic organization, and is uniquely positioned to lead transformational change with Black Washingtonians.
Learn more at blackfuturewa.org.
Black people have long been vital contributors to Washington communities and the growth of our economy in industries, such as aerospace, maritime, and technology. Yet, anti-Black racism has purposely and persistently undermined the opportunity for Black people to build wealth from generation to generation. Discriminatory policies and the systemic devaluing of Black lives have perpetuated unequal and adverse life outcomes for Black people.
Black communities are forging new pathways to self-determination, as America reckons with racism and racial injustice.
Fortified by the strength of their grandmothers and the memory of their warrior ancestors, four women of African descent launched Black Future Co-op Fund, a cooperative model of philanthropy rooted in the beauty, soulfulness, and strength of Black culture.
What We Do
The Fund connects Black people and communities across Washington to support each other in healing, to share ideas, and to build a common agenda for change. In the months ahead, the Fund is meeting with and listening to Black communities throughout the state — from Colville to Wapato, Vancouver to Bellingham, and everywhere in between.
The Fund’s work is structured around four key areas:
- Connecting Black communities for collective power.
- Promoting a truthful Black narrative.
- Investing in Black-led solutions for generational prosperity.
- Shifting the paradigm of philanthropy.
Support Black Future Co-Op Fund
Black Future Co-op is the first Black-led philanthropy for Washington, generating renewed prosperity for Black people and Black communities across the state. Your support provides critical seed funds for the Fund to carry forward its mission and build Black generational wealth, health, and well-being.
Initial Supporters & Donors
The Fund aims to initially raise $25 million, with over $11 million secured to date.
An impressive and growing list of individual philanthropists have pledged their support, including (listed alphabetically): Robert W. Andrade Jr., Paula Boggs, Randee Fox and Jada Boggs, Adriane and Darryl Brown, Phyllis Campbell, Ray and Katie Conner, Garret and Nikki Daggett, Craig Dawson, Trish Dziko, Nick and Leslie Hanauer, Bruce & Joann Harrell, Latisha and Eric Hill, Shaunta and Al Hyde, Angela Jones, Mary Knell, Gary Locke, Regina Malveaux, Susan Mullaney and Shari Kauls, Gordon McHenry, Jr., Leslie Harper-Miles and Nate Miles, Julie and Erik Nordstrom, Roger Nyhus, Hyeok Kim and Michael Parham, Diana Birkett Rakow and Jeff Rakow, Constance and Norm Rice, Mary Pugh and Michael Scoggins, Jill and Rajeev Singh, Marilyn Strickland, Brad and Danielle Tilden, H.S. Wright III, and Jessie Woolley-Wilson.
Black Future Co-op Fund is also gaining support from corporations and philanthropic institutions, such as Microsoft Corporation, Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation, The Ballmer Group, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Puget Sound Energy, Zillow Group, Satya & Rao Remala Foundation, The Starbucks Foundation, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Virginia Mason Health System, and Laird Norton Family Foundation.
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