May 13, 2021 · 6 min read

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Announces First Round of Racial Equity Grants

CZI Will Award $30 Million in Grants by Year-End as Part of a Five-Year, $500 Million Commitment to Support Organizations Building Just and Sustainable Systems that Advance Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced a first round of grants that support organizations leading the way to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The grant recipients are led by, or work in support of, communities of color and focus on cultivating leaders, tackling outcome disparities, shaping policies, and advancing institutional change. These grants are part of a five-year, $500 million investment CZI announced in December 2020.

While CZI has made key investments since its founding five years ago, the organization has embarked on an enterprise-wide effort to more consistently and systematically apply a racial equity lens to our work. 

“Embedding a racial equity lens across CZI’s philanthropic areas of focus will help us drive the impact and results that we are all working to achieve,” said CZI’s Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Belinda Stubblefield. “As part of this critical work, we are engaging changemakers, community members, and movement builders with deep expertise and lived experience as partners, helping to shape our strategies and actions. We are dedicated to this work for the long term.”

By the end of this year, CZI will award $30 million in grants to organizations working to advance racial equity, diversity, and inclusion. The initial grantees are: 

  • The Anti-Racism and Intersectional Justice Fund: The ARIJ Fund was established by the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund in 2020 to address the alarming spike in anti-Asian violence and hate crimes spurred by race-based targeting of China and Chinese people as scapegoats for the COVID-19 pandemic, but has much deeper roots in the race-based targeting that has been going on for centuries particularly against African Americans. In 2020, ARIJ made one-time grants totaling more than $1.6M to local AAPI groups to counteract this trend in anti-Asian violence. 
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC: Rooted in the dreams of immigrants and inspired by the promise of opportunity, Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC advocates for an America in which all people can benefit equally from, and contribute to, the American dream. 
  • Borealis Philanthropy: Borealis Philanthropy is a social justice philanthropic intermediary working to resource transformational change, from Black-led movement-building, to queer and trans liberation, to disability justice and inclusion. CZI will provide support to two Borealis collaborative funds, the Racial Equity to Accelerate Change (REACH) Fund and the Transforming Movements Fund (TMF). Both funds invest in the future of a true multiracial democracyREACH by investing in racial equity practitioners working to transform the nonprofit sector, and TMF by supporting visionary queer leaders of color who are building more a connected, inclusive, and just world.
  • Echoing Green: Echoing Green is building a dynamic community of social innovators, business leaders, institutions, and investors committed to solving global issues. CZI will support Echoing Green’s Racial Equity Philanthropic Fund with the goals of scaling social enterprises that advance racial equity globally, breaking down barriers to capital, and equipping private sector employees with the tools to engage in the movement for racial equity.
  • The Futuro Media Group: Futuro Media is an independent, nonprofit organization producing multimedia journalism that explores and gives critical voice to the diversity of the American experience from the perspective of underrepresented communities. Futuro Media includes Latino USA, In The Thick, Latino Rebels, original programming from Futuro Studios, and special projects and investigative reporting produced via Futuro Unidad Hinojosa.
  • Grantmakers for Girls of Color: Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC) works to mobilize and amplify philanthropic resources so that girls and gender-expansive youth of color can achieve equity and justice in this critical moment in history — and in our future.  
  • HBCU Executive Leadership Institute housed at Clark Atlanta University: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) serve as critical access points to higher education for Black students, and despite significant strides, HBCUs are still under-resourced. The goal of the Executive Leadership Institute at Clark Atlanta University is to prepare leaders at HBCUs with the support they need to elevate their leadership. 
    • “The Executive Leadership Institute at Clark Atlanta University is at the forefront of addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Gifts like this help to sustain the future of HBCUs which depend on the quality and training of those who will lead them,” said President George T. French Jr., Ph.D. “The grant will support the Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) at Clark Atlanta University (CAU), which in turn develops strong executive leaders who serve as change agents ultimately preparing African-American students to leave their respective HBCUs educated, and equipped to be globally competitive and change the world.”  
  • Othering & Belonging Institute: The Othering & Belonging Institute at UC Berkeley brings together groundbreaking researchers, organizers, stakeholders, communicators, and policymakers to identify and eliminate the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order to create transformative change. 
  • Pew Research Center’s new national study – Giving Voice to a Changing America: Chronicling the Immigration and Integration Experiences of Asian-Americans: The Pew Research Center, a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts,  will conduct a groundbreaking, detailed study of Asian communities and how they are helping to reshape America in the 21st century. Pew Research Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan “fact tank” that conducts public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research to generate a foundation of facts that enriches public dialogue and supports sound decision-making.
  • Seventh Generation Fund: The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples emerged from Indigenous leadership during the cultural, social, and political renaissance era of the ’60s and ’70s to respond to the needs of grassroots Indigenous communities and initiatives. The Seventh Generation Fund continues to be dedicated to Indigenous Peoples’ self-determination and the sovereignty of Native nations. 

For more information about CZI’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to sign up for updates about racial equity grants, visit here; see Frequently Asked Questions about these racial equity grants here.


About the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative was founded in 2015 to help solve some of society’s toughest challenges — from eradicating disease and improving education, to addressing the needs of our local communities. Our mission is to build a more inclusive, just, and healthy future for everyone. For more information, please visit

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