Akonadi Foundation

Akonadi Foundation Our mission is to support the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism and create a racially just society.
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To help build a social movement, the Akonadi Foundation is: -Making racial justice an explicit and direct focus. Organizations and foundations need to deepen their collective understanding of structural racism and develop a more strategic collective approach to racial justice. We need shared and precise language to describe structural racism and challenge societal reluctance to talk directly about race. -Providing long-term investments in organizations that are developing or advancing an analysis of structural racism and that are committed to pro-active racial justice action. Movements are built in stages, as are the organizations involved in movement building. Organizations range from those just beginning to work towards racial justice to those with a long track record of racial justice accomplishments. Organizations need foundations to partner with them over the long term so they can develop their thinking and action on racial justice. -Encouraging local innovation and success. Movements are anchored by local stories -- the Birmingham bus boycott, the Stonewall rebellion, the Delano grape strike, the Soweto uprisings –- that capture popular imagination and demonstrate impact. Helping people come together to share how they think, talk, and strategize about racial justice. Today, the field of racial justice is made up of groups with many ideologies, strategies, and issues – groups that may not even see themselves as part of a cohesive movement. These organizations are often seeking a clear unifying vision, yet funders often separate them into issue silos. -Supporting the interconnected strategies of building power, shaping policy, and transforming culture. Social movements thrive on the strength and synergy of community organizing, policy advocacy, and creative expression and engagement. No movement can flourish without all three. -Nurturing cross-generational leadership. Young people are vital to the burgeoning racial justice movement, often bringing an explicit and intersectional race analysis to their work. Youth organizing and cross-generational organizing are critical components to both movement-building and racial justice organizing.

Mission: Akonadi believes that racial justice movement building means communities of color lead efforts to build power, shape policy and strengthen culture. VISION We, at the Akonadi Foundation, dream of a day when all people, including youth and adults of color, enjoy the right to self-determination. When all peoples are respected and all cultures celebrated. When every community is safe, healthy and sustainable. A day when everyone has an opportunity to thrive. It is going to take a robust and powerful social movement to finally end structural racism. This movement will unite a wide and diverse range of people through shared strategy, principles and goals. But right now, racial justice organizations have many different strategies, ideologies and areas of focus, and may or may not identify as part of a cohesive movement. Funders often exacerbate this fragmentation by separating these organizations into "issue silos." That is why we start with movement-building. We do not just want to support good organizations in their individual work. We want to help them come together as a movement that can help this country become what it should be.

02/25/2020
January Newsletter 2020

WATCH: Black Organizing Project is gearing up for a year of making history & channeling Black leaders past & present in standing against the criminalization of our youth and families, and pushing those in power to serve and center the community: http://bit.ly/2SBFfxi #BHM #SchoolsNotPrison

Black History Month is here and we are gearing up for a year of making Black history at BOP. This month and and moving into 2020 we channel the power of Blac...

02/25/2020
Project Grants

GRANT OPPORTUNITY: Zellerbach Family Foundation's Community Arts Project Program provides support to arts orgs and individual artists for the creation of innovative work that is representative of the diverse cultures and communities of the #BayArea. Deadline to apply is 3/23: http://zff.org/project-grants/

Project Grants

On March 9 join two powerful movements at the state capital in Sacramento. #DropLWOP (Life Without Parole) is advocating...
02/25/2020

On March 9 join two powerful movements at the state capital in Sacramento. #DropLWOP (Life Without Parole) is advocating for the commutations of all people serving Life without Parole & the launch of Sister Warriors Freedom Coalition's Freedom 2030 Campaign which calls for the end of incarceration of girls, women, trans & gender non-conforming people in CA. @YoungWomensFreedomCenter

We are launching our 10-year campaign for the freedom & liberation of all women, girls, trans and GNC people of color on International Women’s Day at the State Capitol. Are you coming? Tell the world you are #ReadyforFreedom2030. Register for our launch event at bit.ly/ReadyforFreedom2030

Youth need #CareNotCages! Last week community orgs & activists protested Alameda County’s plan to invest $75 million in ...
02/24/2020
Protesters urge Alameda County to abandon effort to expand juvenile camp

Youth need #CareNotCages! Last week community orgs & activists protested Alameda County’s plan to invest $75 million in a juvenile camp that typically holds a dozen youth & urged investment in services for youth. http://bit.ly/2SBvUWg #JJreform @urbanpeace Ella Baker Center for Human Rights Young Women's Freedom Center Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice

Lawyers, activists and a few former inmates urged officials to abandon efforts to rebuild a juvenile detention camp, saying a new 100-bed facility is an unnecessary, a relic from a punitive justice system that doesn’t work.

“I’m here because I want to put a face on what it means to be an artist in Oakland.” Metalsmith, Karen Smith launches ne...
02/03/2020
An Oakland Metalsmith Risks Instability to Bring Metal Arts to Black Girls

“I’m here because I want to put a face on what it means to be an artist in Oakland.” Metalsmith, Karen Smith launches new nonprofit to bring the craft to other black women and girls through free, intensive workshops. http://bit.ly/2vppoIR #OaklandArts #Oakland

Aiming to spur public investment in the arts, Karen Smith says, 'I want to put a face on what it means to be an artist in Oakland.'

A bill in the CA assembly would expand the rights of pregnant incarcerated women offering them better health care such a...
01/31/2020
New California bill targets pregnant inmate health care

A bill in the CA assembly would expand the rights of pregnant incarcerated women offering them better health care such as prenatal care and services, postpartum evaluation as well as eliminate the use of solitary confinement and tasers: http://bit.ly/30ZZBmq Young Women's Freedom Center

A bill in the California assembly could require better conditions for women who are pregnant and incarcerated.

#fbf: San Francisco Chronicle profiles our president Lateefah Simon who was elected President of BART’s Board of Directo...
01/31/2020
Lateefah Simon leads BART board on track to social justice

#fbf: San Francisco Chronicle profiles our president Lateefah Simon who was elected President of BART’s Board of Directors in Dec. and is bringing a #socialjustice ethos to its leadership: http://bit.ly/37b2QJY

When Lateefah Simon ran for BART’s Board of Directors in 2016, she built her campaign around being an ordinary transit rider — the unstoppable single mom who drops her daughter off at 7 a.m. each weekday, then scrambles to catch a train. Now she’s leading a much more progressive board.

Join us Feb. 7 & hear our president, Lateefah Simon, Northern California Grantmakers’s Fireside Chat share lessons on ho...
01/21/2020

Join us Feb. 7 & hear our president, Lateefah Simon, Northern California Grantmakers’s Fireside Chat share lessons on how to talk honestly about philanthropy's power imbalance and practices to shift power to communities. Register: http://bit.ly/38m7u91

Now through March the de Young museum is featuring an internationally acclaimed black art exhibit: “Soul of a Nation: Ar...
01/20/2020
San Francisco's de Young Museum features internationally acclaimed Black art exhibit

Now through March the de Young museum is featuring an internationally acclaimed black art exhibit: “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983,” that documents a time where race, identity & politics were at the forefront of Black life in the U.S: https://abc7ne.ws/30eaReq

San Francisco's de Young museum is featuring the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 through March 15, 2020.

‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
01/20/2020
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‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every so often, I re-read Dr. King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. While some of the injustices may have changed, his poetic brilliance, moral clarity, and tests of conscience still reverberate today. Take a moment to reflect on his righteous call:

Monday join @APTPaction for the 6th annual Reclaim MLK march and rally in #Oakland. starting at Oscar Grant Plaza. Detai...
01/17/2020
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Monday join @APTPaction for the 6th annual Reclaim MLK march and rally in #Oakland. starting at Oscar Grant Plaza. Details: http://bit.ly/2TjJwpG #ReclaimMLKOak

The Oakland Public Library has announced a partnership with Noname's Book Club which encourages people to read books and...
01/17/2020
Noname's Book Club Comes to the Oakland Library

The Oakland Public Library has announced a partnership with Noname's Book Club which encourages people to read books and creates community for readers of color. http://bit.ly/3a6lNPG KQED Arts #Oakland

The Chicago rapper partners with the Oakland library to promote reading and literacy.

Prison Policy Initiative annual report finds that while youth incarceration rates have dropped 60% since 2000, 48,000 ki...
01/15/2020
Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie 2019

Prison Policy Initiative annual report finds that while youth incarceration rates have dropped 60% since 2000, 48,000 kids in the U.S. are still locked up every day. New report offers recommendations for closing youth prisons and focusing on community-based solutions: http://bit.ly/397JoPN #CareNotCages

Infographic and report showing the number of youth who are locked up in different types of facilities and why - 2019.

“To have three black owners on the same block is a beautiful thing. You don’t see that very often here or in San Francis...
01/14/2020
Around Lake Merritt, Oakland is quietly finding its culinary soul

“To have three black owners on the same block is a beautiful thing. You don’t see that very often here or in San Francisco anymore.” #Oakland is finding its culinary soul around Lake Merritt: http://bit.ly/37KKAah

Restaurants on Lake Park Avenue in Oakland’s Grand Lake neighborhood are operated by minorities and serve as a microcosm for the area, where diversity and representation are paramount.

01/13/2020
Alameda County Arts Commission

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Alameda County Arts Commission announces the 2020 ARTSFUND Grants Program that supports all types of arts programming in Alameda County. Deadline is 3/5/2020 FREE grant workshop happening in #Oakland Jan. 29. Info: http://bit.ly/2qA2BIq Workshops: http://bit.ly/2sDHqpX #BayAreaArts

The Alameda County Arts Commission provides financial support to Alameda County nonprofit arts organizations each year through the ARTSFUND Grants Program. The Grants Program supports all art forms – dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, traditional arts and crafts, multidisc...

Photographer Lara Kaur is preserving culture and helping to build community through her Community Portrait Pop-Up event,...
01/13/2020
Photographing Oakland, One Portrait at a Time

Photographer Lara Kaur is preserving culture and helping to build community through her Community Portrait Pop-Up event, which offers FREE high-quality portrait pics to community members from independent artists, entrepreneurs and families: http://bit.ly/34LfI7J #Rightnowish #Oakland

Lara Kaur’s Community Portrait Pop-Up in Oakland gives back through free photography.

A new state report about racial disparity in police stops, finds that slightly more than 1 in 4 of the nearly 55,000 sto...
01/10/2020
New State Report Finds Major Racial Disparities in Police Stops Involving Black People

A new state report about racial disparity in police stops, finds that slightly more than 1 in 4 of the nearly 55,000 stops the SFPD recorded in the second half of 2018 involved black individuals. San Francisco's population is 5% black. http://bit.ly/2QN8ICi #Policing

Among the findings: About 25% of San Francisco Police Department stops involve African Americans, who make up just 5% of the city's population.

How can we lean into our identities, share our stories, and elevate our backgrounds to liberate #philanthropy? Join us T...
01/10/2020

How can we lean into our identities, share our stories, and elevate our backgrounds to liberate #philanthropy? Join us Tues. for a Fireside Chat w/ Northern California Grantmakers California ChangeLawyers & Hispanics in Philanthropy Register: http://bit.ly/2PssvpU

"Activism and social movements aren’t on the radar of most community foundations, anxious as they are to avoid alienatin...
01/09/2020
Philanthropy Awards, 2019 — Inside Philanthropy

"Activism and social movements aren’t on the radar of most community foundations, anxious as they are to avoid alienating donors.” Congratulations to East Bay Community Foundation for bucking that trend & being named by Inside Philanthropy as the “Boldest Community Foundation.” http://bit.ly/2FsdaRr #BayArea #philanthropy

It's been another exciting year of giving, with lots of action in the philanthrosphere. Here are our latest philanthropy awards: The 2019 IPPYs!

“There is this misconception that Natives don’t exist anymore, but we do.” Oakland’s Indigenous Red Market builds solida...
12/24/2019
At Oakland's Indigenous Red Market, Art, Food and Activism Celebrate Native Identities

“There is this misconception that Natives don’t exist anymore, but we do.” Oakland’s Indigenous Red Market builds solidarity, preserves traditions, and continues to create culture: http://bit.ly/2Q4BcXV #Oakland

On the first Sunday of every month, a parking lot in the heart of Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood transforms into a vibrant marketplace featuring Indigenous artists, performers and chefs.

Brookfield Duece is a rapper, creative director and a proud East Oaklander. Through his art, he's making sure his neighb...
12/24/2019
Brookfield Duece, a Son of East Oakland

Brookfield Duece is a rapper, creative director and a proud East Oaklander. Through his art, he's making sure his neighborhood-- Brookfield -- is being shown in the proper light. Latest episode of #Rightnowish: http://bit.ly/2Z1sDkE #Oakland

Brookfield Duece is using his music to make sure the story of his neighborhood is told properly.

Save the Date! Feb. 7 our president, Lateefah Simon, is participating in Northern California Grantmakers’ Fireside Chat ...
12/23/2019

Save the Date! Feb. 7 our president, Lateefah Simon, is participating in Northern California Grantmakers’ Fireside Chat sharing lessons on how to talk honestly about philanthropy's power imbalance and practices to shift power to communities. Register: http://bit.ly/38m7u91

Goapele brought joy and soul to our holiday party this year. Moments like this remind us that good folx, food, and cultu...
12/22/2019

Goapele brought joy and soul to our holiday party this year. Moments like this remind us that good folx, food, and culture help keep the movement for #racialjustice vibrant and strong. #oakland

A special thanks to everyone who made this event a success:
@goapele & DJ DSharp
@djladyryan
Decor by @mamacitascafe Catering by Lucy Aghadjian
Event Support Girl Friday & Winzdayevents
Photo: Alain McLaughlin

Last chance! Happening through the weekend -- People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcra...
12/20/2019

Last chance! Happening through the weekend -- People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker! Get tix: http://bit.ly/2DWO0cZ #OaklandArts #Oakland

“I work to live and there’s nowhere to live.” An analysis from The Mercury News shows the Bay Area’s poorest ZIP codes e...
12/20/2019
HOUSE POOR: How price hikes hurt the most vulnerable

“I work to live and there’s nowhere to live.” An analysis from The Mercury News shows the Bay Area’s poorest ZIP codes endured the largest percentage increases in rents and mortgages. https://bayareane.ws/2tqQRZR #AffordableHousing

An exclusive analysis shows the Bay Area’s poorest ZIP codes endured the largest percentage increases in rents and mortgages. These neighborhoods have paid the highest price as costs exploded with the region’s housing shortage, forcing people to make desperate choices. In the second installment ...

DJ Lady RyanMamacitas Oakland Lucy Aghadjian CateringGirl Friday EventsWinzdayeventsPhotos: Alain McLaughlin
12/20/2019

DJ Lady Ryan
Mamacitas Oakland
Lucy Aghadjian Catering
Girl Friday Events
Winzdayevents
Photos: Alain McLaughlin

DJ Lady Ryan
Mamacitas Oakland
Lucy Aghadjian Catering
Girl Friday Events
Winzdayevents
Photos: Alain McLaughlin

DJ Lady Ryan Mamacitas Oakland Lucy Aghadjian Catering Girl Friday Events Winzdayevents Photos: Jean Melesaine
12/20/2019

DJ Lady Ryan
Mamacitas Oakland
Lucy Aghadjian Catering
Girl Friday Events
Winzdayevents
Photos: Jean Melesaine

DJ Lady Ryan
Mamacitas Oakland
Lucy Aghadjian Catering
Girl Friday Events
Winzdayevents
Photos: Jean Melesaine

Register now for the first of two Fireside Chats at Northern California Grantmakers that dig into some hard truths about...
12/19/2019

Register now for the first of two Fireside Chats at Northern California Grantmakers that dig into some hard truths about the challenges we face when we try to liberate #philanthropy. Happening Jan. 14. http://bit.ly/2PssvpU California ChangeLawyers Hispanics in Philanthropy #npcomm

Young Women's Freedom Center announces that Gov. Gavin Newsom has joined the campaign to end the dangerous and dehumaniz...
12/18/2019
We can End Late Night Releases

Young Women's Freedom Center announces that Gov. Gavin Newsom has joined the campaign to end the dangerous and dehumanizing practice of jail late-night releases: http://bit.ly/34rituv #CJreform

December 9, 2019 An Open Letter to Governor Gavin Newsom,  the California Legislator, and to the people of California  

Passage of #FairChanceAct is a milestone in the #BantheBox movement, founded and led by All of Us or None and championed...
12/18/2019

Passage of #FairChanceAct is a milestone in the #BantheBox movement, founded and led by All of Us or None and championed by formerly incarcerated leaders across the nation. Legal Services for Prisoners with Children #BantheBox

“The show is about how slavery has affected how folks exist and navigate the world and how folks in Oakland are navigati...
12/18/2019
Oakland Dancers Present 'The Nutcracker' With an African Diaspora Twist

“The show is about how slavery has affected how folks exist and navigate the world and how folks in Oakland are navigating the world because of what their lineage had to suffer.” A look at "KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of the Nutcracker: http://bit.ly/38Kr8vz #OaklandArts

There's no mouse king and no Clara, but there's break-dancing, flamenco, and an Oakland remix of Tchaikovsky.

Save the date and join our president, Lateefah Simon, for an important Fireside Chat: Liberate Your Foundation, which hi...
12/17/2019

Save the date and join our president, Lateefah Simon, for an important Fireside Chat: Liberate Your Foundation, which highlights how to talk honestly about philanthropy's power imbalance and practices to shift power to communities to set policy, design programs & make key decisions. Register: http://bit.ly/38m7u91 Northern California Grantmakers

The People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker! Happening December 12-15 & 19-22. Ge...
12/17/2019

The People’s Conservatory presents KOLA: An Afro Diasporic Remix of The Nutcracker! Happening December 12-15 & 19-22. Get tix: http://bit.ly/2DWO0cZ #OaklandArts

ACLU infographic, Bullies In Blue, highlights how school #policing marks the start of the #SchoolToPrisonPipeline for to...
12/16/2019
Bullies in Blue: The Problem with School Policing [Infographic]

ACLU infographic, Bullies In Blue, highlights how school #policing marks the start of the #SchoolToPrisonPipeline for too many kids -- particularly youth of color -- and fuels #MassIncarceration: http://bit.ly/2rqOoh9

Over the past 50 years, our schools have become sites of increased criminalization of young people—a disturbing fact that is even truer for poor Black and Latino communities. Today, police officers assigned to patrol schools can legally use physical force on students, arrest and handcuff them, and...

12/16/2019
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: The Alameda County Arts Commission announces the 2020 ARTSFUND Grants Program that supports all types of arts programming in Alameda County. The deadline is March 5 2020. 3 FREE grant workshops will be available in January. Info: http://bit.ly/2qA2BIq #BayAreaArts #OaklandArts #Oakland

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Since 2000, Akonadi Foundation has promoted grantmaking that supports and nurtures racial justice movement building. We work toward a racially just society by investing in grantee organizations and visionary leaders who are fighting for racial equity in Oakland. To fulfill our purpose to support racial justice movement building, Akonadi Foundation focuses our funding in three main program areas:

ATJ

The Arc Toward Justice Fund focuses on long-term efforts to foster racial equity for youth and young adults of color in Oakland. Because Akonadi Foundation recently expanded our grantee cohort, at the moment we are not accepting new applications for 2018.

BCF

The Beloved Community Fund supports free public art and cultural events that celebrate and are rooted in Oakland’s communities of color, and that advance racial justice. Applications may be submitted online at any time; check here for dates proposals are due.

SLCW

We offer one-time grants ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to spark imagination and seed efforts to create healing and safety in Oakland’s communities of color. The So Love Can Win Community Response Fund is not currently accepting applications; it will relaunch in mid-2018.

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Powerful strategic focus on transforming structural racism, creating the beloved community and liberating people and culture.