The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service announced Arkansas Immigrant Defense and Just Communities of Arkansas as the recipients of the 2021 Advancing Equity Award on Tuesday, January 19.
The recipients were announced during a virtual reception celebrating the National Day of Racial Healing. More than 30 organizations and individuals from across the country submitted letters of interest for the 2021 Advancing Equity Award.
Presented to organizations using innovative solutions to address racial inequalities in their communities and advance progress toward inclusion, the recipients were awarded with funding ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.
The National Day of Racial Healing is an opportunity for people, organizations, and communities across the country to call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity, and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort – a national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.
Launched in 2007, the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service was created to focus its teaching, research, and policy-making exclusively on the emerging field of community philanthropy, the idea of giving and sharing time, talent, and treasure from within one’s own community.
Below is more information on the 2021 Advancing Equity Award recipients:
Arkansas Immigrant Defense
Arkansas Immigrant Defense promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants and refugees through direct legal services, community education, and community advocacy.
Arkansas Immigrant Defense envisions a society where immigrants and refugees are welcomed and valued as neighbors, and where these neighbors are ensured access to resources like medical care and education.
Just Communities of Arkansas
Just Communities of Arkansas’s purpose is to transform Arkansas into the nation's most inclusive, equitable, and upwardly mobile place for all.
Just Communities of Arkansas designs and delivers programs and experiences that amplify human potential and relationships, connect diverse groups of people, co-create sustainable paths to inclusive systems, and train individuals to lead that systematic change in their workplace and communities.
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