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Racial Justice and Equity
Racial Justice and Equity
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Fund for Racial Justice and Equity
(FRJE) powered by United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley and led by five leaders immersed in this fight, launched in June 2020. It has since established governance, fundraising and investment strategies and will begin implementing work through three critical avenues to advance the goal of “increasing prosperity for Black and Brown leaders.” Targeted and intentional approaches to support personal, organizational and ecosystem development leading to greater influence and economic vitality at the hands of Black and Brown leaders is underway.
The FRJE recognizes it is a catalyst and can maximize its usefulness through alignment and integration with other regional racial equity efforts; such as Project Equity, Color Outside The Lines and more. Key strategies to advance racial equity have already emerged along the continuum of what is needed to achieve this goal. While the FRJE works within a larger equity agenda, it has specific work it will create and invest in to enhance Black and Brown leadership in the Lehigh Valley community.
In this inaugural year, the FRJE will focus on two key goals: building executive BIPOC leadership and building capacity with BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations.
Executive Leadership Development
A cohort of 10 BIPOC individuals already generating impact in the Lehigh Valley will be invited to participate in a year-long series of sessions to:
develop their networks,
enhance their skillsets, and
grow their influence to achieve a higher personal and professional profile and advance to a next level of leadership.
Leaders will be matched in mentoring relationships with members of a BIPOC Executive Council through a series of reflective conversations. Scheduled sessions will include a mix of virtual/in-person gatherings to engage in shared learning, off-line reflective mentoring sessions, at least one out-of-area immersive experience and other possible engagements. In total, each participant leader would receive a minimum of 52 hours of support towards reaching the goals of the cohort over the year. Assessment of gains in skillsets, network and influence will be part of the program.
Work in your professional field for a minimum of 3 years
Work for or own a NPO or business in the Lehigh Valley
Identify as BIPOC individual
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February 22 - Applications for this cohort will be available.
April 9 – Extended Deadline for applications
April 2021 – Selected applicants notified
May 2021 - April 2022 – Co-hort meets
APPLY TO BE AN EXECUTIVE MENTOR
Nonprofit Capacity Building
Up to two BIPOC-led non-profits serving the Lehigh Valley will be selected to receive funding, resources and expertise from the FRJE leaders and their networks to evaluate and elevate the non-profits’ infrastructure thereby enhancing the quality of the services delivered. This project will launch in Summer 2021 with the identification of the 1-2 organizations and be paced over 24 months through a cyclical process of assessment, support, implementation of strategies, assessment, adjust, etc. Areas within the non-profits that could be evaluated and elevated through this experience could include but are not limited to organizational infrastructure and strategic planning, marketing and communications and resource generation through grants, fundraising and finance, accounting and budgeting and human resource and talent management. FRJE leadership will be instrumental in aligning their networks and expertise into these projects. Assessment of overall organizational growth will be part of the program.
Details coming soon.
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Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, MSW
Director, Campaign for Racial and Ethnic Justice, Community Action Lehigh Valley
Chief Operating Officer, Faces International
Chief Executive Officer, Faces International
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