MacArthur today announced $25 million in grants to address anti-Black racism, support Native Americans impacted by COVID-19, strengthen voter education and mobilization, and combat voter suppression. This represents the first set of grants made from MacArthur’s $125 million social bond proceeds.
“Philanthropy, like the organizations and projects we are supporting, must organize and consolidate our collective resources to meet the moment and fund a movement,” MacArthur President John Palfrey said. “Systemic racism is a clear and present danger in America. To hasten an equitable recovery and the transformation of communities in the wake of the pandemic, we are committed to a BlPOC-led reimagining of what is possible that prioritizes their vision and needs.”
In the areas of democracy and voting rights, fifteen organizations will receive grants for general operating or project support totaling $15 million. Collectively, these organizations and projects work to educate and mobilize voters, combat disinformation and voter suppression, recruit and train poll workers, improve election administration, and protect voters’ rights through litigation and other means. Further, they aim to encourage and empower historically disenfranchised and marginalized communities to participate fully in the upcoming election, specifically: people who are Black, Latinx, Asian, Native American, Indigenous, young, immigrants, and LGBTQIA+; and individuals impacted by environmental injustice, with past criminal convictions, and crime survivors.
Four grants will support organizations and projects that will primarily focus on election administration, integrity and voting rights protection, using litigation, hotlines, and other means:
Six organizations will receive grants totaling $10 million for communities most impacted by the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, including Black and Indigenous communities locally, nationally, and transnationally: