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.

2019 Funding

In partnership with The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation, The Center awarded $100,000 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 led by people of color working to eliminate health disparities that have an interest in increasing their organizational capacity to address issues of racial equity.

See the list of funded organizations below.

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The Leadership Development for Racial Equity program is funded by The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation and is managed by The Center.

2019 Grantee Partners

ACT for Women and Girls (Tulare County)

African American Family & Cultural Center (Butte County)

Be Smooth, Inc. (San Joaquin County)

California Heritage Indigenous Research Project (Nevada, Sierra and Yuba counties)

The Freedom Bound Center for Sol Collective (Sacramento County)

The Glass Slipper Organization, Inc. (Sacramento and Placer counties)

Little Manila Foundation (San Joaquin County)

Mutual Assistance Network of Del Paso Heights (Sacramento County)

SAC Connect (Sacramento County)

Services & Immigrant Rights & Education Network (Fresno, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties)

2019 grantee partner descriptions

2018 grantee partner descriptions

2017 grantee partner descriptions

2016 grantee partner descriptions

Funding Region

The funding region includes the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Kern, 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.

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