“At G4GC, engaging young people is part of the work, so not engaging them in this process would be not doing the work. We knew from the top that they would be part of the process, and that we would work alongside them.” Cidra Sebastien, manager of the Black Girl Freedom Fund, recently spoke with Inside Philanthropy about how the fund relies on the expertise of Black girls and Black gender-expansive youth to address a “monumental gap in philanthropic giving for girls and women of color.”
Gameheads announced this week the second course in the Game Design Certificate program they co-created with Unity, Oculus from Facebook and Niantic through Cal State East Bay’s continuing education and arts departments will begin next month, and applications are open! The Augmented Reality course will be co-taught with Niantic labs and is free for low-income or students of color ages 15-25. Apply today or share the application with the budding game designer in your life: https://bit.ly/3cZddEJ
In September 2020, Solidaire launched the Janisha R. Gabriel Movement Protection Fund in direct response to listening to movement partners talk about their urgent and immediate needs resulting from the U.S. political climate in 2020. As of March 31, 2021, Solidaire moved over $3 million to 86 grantees through the Movement Protection Fund and this week released results and lessons learned from the grantmaking process, as well as highlights from the fund’s accomplishments. More at solidairenetwork.org.
Last month, hundreds of funders, advocates and community leaders came together for “Investing in Black Organizers on the Front Lines”, a virtual event hosted by the California Black Freedom Fund to celebrate the fund’s latest grantmaking round, with which they invested nearly $9 million in 74 Black-led groups to support Black power-building across the state.
Check out a recording of the event here if you missed the event and be sure to follow the California Black Freedom Fund for more updates on its work to resource Black power-building and movement-based organizations working to eradicate systemic and institutional racism.