The freedom to see justice and liberation for myself and my community
This program was formalized in 2018 on the building blocks of W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation initiative (TRHT). The program builds on the legacy of FFL’s commitments to address the long-standing racial inequities revealed by Hurricane Katrina, in order to bring about transformational and sustainable change, addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Examples of this work include the removal of confederate monuments and the creation of advisory committees in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to ensure programming is both led by and serves the needs of communities most negatively impacted by systemic racism.
Since TRHT's initiation, FFL has invested nearly $400,000 in more than 35 organizations working to end separation (by segregation, colonization, and concentrated poverty), advance policy, and remove barriers to economic opportunities. By leveraging resources, connections, and existing work, the Racial Justice program activates community leaders who are advancing justice strategies rooted in trust and understanding of our common humanity. As programmatic activity expands beyond TRHT, the program will implement a truth-telling campaign to develop public narratives, collaborate more deeply with housing advocates, and invest deeply in the work of healing justice to both prevent and address generational trauma and violence.
The Racial Justice Program aims to see equitable access and outcomes for all. We achieve this by investing in those who advance racial justice, building movements and capacity, and transforming the systems and narratives that keep us from freedom.
The FFL Racial Justice program strengthens and supports organizations and people advancing racial justice agenda(s) via grant-making. In the next three years, FFL plans to invest a total of $3.5 million to create Racial Equity, cultivate Racial Healing and Truth-Telling, and become a willing advocate and partner for Healing Justice.
These resources will help build-out the long-term infrastructure needed to confront systemic racism and white supremacy, and address the multi-generational trauma of BIPOC communities.
To read more about Dialogue on Race Louisiana, an organization working to eliminate racism through education and transformation, Vida in New Orleans, a cultural arts platform that brings together Latinx writers, poets and activists, or any of our other community partners, see our Who We’ve Funded page.
"Healing justice ... identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence, and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts, and minds."
Founder, Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective