The Racial Equity Initiative addresses the funding inequities that LGBTQ organizations that are run by and for People of Color have historically faced, and to simultaneously increase their ability to help their communities.
This project employs three key strategies to strengthen these organizations—build a supportive cohort, provide relevant training and skill building and then provide funding to implement what they have learned. The Racial Equity Initiative is part of a national focus spearheaded by the Funders for LGBTQ Issues.
A report by Funders for LGBTQ Issues found that:
- LGBTQ People of Color organizations typically operate with little to no paid staffing;
- 68 % of groups have annual budgets of $50,000 or less;
- These groups tend to receive less revenue from government sources, corporations and foundations, than other LGBTQ focused groups.
Seven different organizations are a part of the first Racial Equity Initiative cohort, which began in 2008. The groups participating are:
- Asian Pacific Islander Pride (Portland, OR)
- Entre Hermanos (Seattle, WA)
- Montana Two Spirit Society (Missoula, MT)
- Portland Latino Gay Pride (Portland, OR)
- Trikone-NW (Seattle, WA)
- Voices Rising (Seattle, WA)
- Umatilla Morrow Alternatives (Hermiston, OR)