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)