Racial Equity to Accelerate Change Fund

Background

The REACH Fund seeks to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector to address issues of racial and intersectional equity and inclusion and to address the gap between interest and capacity in the sector to pursue racial equity. The Fund will invest in supporting and lifting up the work of those who are innovating and developing promising practices.

By matching nonprofits with racial equity practitioners offering technical support on how to apply a racial equity lens towards dismantling institutional racism, build race conscious organizations and leadership, and design internal and external strategy, policy, and cultural change, the REACH Fund aims to:

  • help meet the increased demand and need from the nonprofit sector for technical support;
  • increase funding to support the being and doing of racial equity in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors; and
  • create efficiency and opportunity for sharing the accelerators and barriers for sector level progress towards racial equity.

We believe that when nonprofits know where to go and how to move forward their own practice of racial equity, they will be better able to end inequities in their work.

The REACH Fund is a donor collaborative and learning community based at Borealis Philanthropy and currently includes support from the Barr Foundation, the Bush Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Ford Foundation, the Grove Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust, the NoVo Foundation, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.

The REACH Fund is one component of our racial equity work at Borealis Philanthropy. While the REACH Fund focuses on the nonprofit sector, the Racial Equity in Philanthropy (REP) Fund focuses on changing grantmaker behavior. The REP Fund’s vision is to promote grantmaking strategies that prioritize structural change and ending racial disparities as the norm in philanthropy. Visit the REP Fund page to learn more.

Grantmaking Model

The goal of the REACH Fund is to resource racial equity practitioners, the individuals and institutions working closely with nonprofit groups on the ground to advance their racial equity work internally and externally, and who are independent consultants — individual consultants, a team of individual consultants, capacity building organizations, or firms.

The REACH Fund’s three-part grantmaking strategy is:

  • Grants (combined program/general support) to racial equity practitioners.
  • Communities of practice – the collaborative would create opportunities for grantees and capacity builders to share lessons learned, strengthen their respective practice, and identify the ways in which the larger sector can benefit from this shared knowledge.
  • Communications – the collaborative would share lessons and knowledge for others undergoing racial equity work and share stories and case studies to make the case for philanthropy to provide greater support for this work.

Funding Priorities

The REACH Fund prioritizes investment in practitioners who have a body of work around racial equity by resourcing their time and expertise to develop and scale tools and strategies for the benefit of the nonprofit sector.

The Fund will directly resource practitioners to provide racial equity consultative services to nonprofit organizations. It will also support cross-sharing, learning and innovation among practitioners to lift up promising practices, case studies, strategies, frameworks and tools that facilitate nonprofits capacity to have greater impact on addressing racial inequities, internally in their organizations and externally in program and service delivery. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

To learn more about the REACH Fund’s grantmaking approach, definitions of racial equity and inclusion, and more, please read the REACH Fund Frequently Asked Questions.

Applying to the REACH Fund

The REACH Fund currently has an  open request for Letters of Interest (LOI). LOIs will be accepted on a rolling basis until October 30. Please read the  application instructions for more information. We will review LOIs and issue a request for proposals by invite in early January 2019. Proposals will be due at the end of January.

If you are interested in submitting an LOI or have questions about the process, please reach out to our team: rei@borealisphilanthropy.org.

Supporting the Racial Equity to Accelerate Change Fund

If you are a foundation or a donor interested in learning about how you can make a contribution to the REACH Fund or become a partner in the fund, please fill out this contact form and our team will get back to you.