Leadership Development for Racial Equity

California’s future depends on all of its residents, particularly young people who are our future business owners, doctors, teachers and elected officials. Investments that make sure youth have meaningful opportunities to improve their quality of life are smart for the future of California. As one of the most diverse states in the nation, California depends significantly on the success of the communities of color that together comprise a majority of its population. Yet many African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and other Californians face systemic barriers to leading healthy lives. These barriers block access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, clean environments and other resources, and result in racial inequities.

Nonprofit organizations are essential to the flourishing of communities, and a vibrant and diverse civil society requires both effective community-based organizations and strong, diverse leadership throughout the nonprofit sector. The goal of the Leadership Development for Racial Equity program is to strengthen the capacity of organizations with leaders of color, working with youth in low-income communities of color, to address racial inequities through policy and system change.

2016 Funding Opportunity

In partnership with The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation, The Center in June awarded nearly $130,000 to support advocacy-related capacity building and leadership development activities for youth-focused nonprofit organizations led by people of color serving in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley.

Funding was open to youth-focused organizations working to eliminate health disparities that have an interest in increasing their organizational capacity to address issues of racial equity.

See the grantee partners list below.

Read the news release.


Watch the LDRE Video

Funded by The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation and managed by The Center.

2016 Grantee Partners

Californians for Justice Education Fund, Inc. (Fresno)

Center for Community Health and Well-Being, Inc. (Sacramento)

Focus Forward (Fresno)

Fathers and Families of San Joaquin (San Joaquin)

Fresno Barrios Unidos (Fresno)

Iu-Mien Community Services (Sacramento and Yolo)

Little Manila Foundation (San Joaquin)

Mi Familia Vota Education Fund (Fresno and Stanislaus)

Roberts Family Development Center, Inc. (Sacramento)

Sacramento Area Congregations Together (Butte, Sacramento and Sutter)

Target Excellence (Sacramento)

The Freedom Bound Center DBA Sol Collective (Sacramento)

Valley Ministries (San Joaquin)

Read the project descriptions.

Funding Region

The funding region includes the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Kings, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba.