Cleveland Foundation Gives 36 Black Organizations over $1.3 Million


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The Cleveland Foundation is putting its money where its mouth is.

The foundation, which serves black families in the Cleveland area, has given out more than $1.3 million in grants to 36 black organizations, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

The money comes from the Cleveland Black Futures Fund, which was created in the wake of the George Floyd murder more than a decade ago.

"We are committed to raising additional funds to continue supporting Black-led organizations, demonstrating our desire to focus not just on the moment, but to think about the long-term impacts of change," the foundation's program manager for racial equity and racial justice says in a statement.

The largest grant of $100,000 went to the Jordan Community Resource Center, which helps women recovering from addiction and human trafficking.

Other recipients include Hands-On Health, The Tavern Coffee House, Ohio Sister Circle, Young Men Growing, Larchmere Porchfest, and Queen IAM.

The endowments come at a time when Edward Blum, a conservative activist who was a driving force behind the Supreme Court's decision to strike down affirmative action in college admissions, has started a campaign to use the Civil Rights Act of 1866 to attack diversity efforts in business.

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