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Akonadi Foundation is one of the first place-based family foundations to make racial justice a central focus of our giving. We follow the lead of organizers on the frontlines of the movement for a racially just Oakland. For more than two decades, we have invested audaciously in Black and people of color-led organizing to make Oakland a beacon of justice and liberation for the nation. Our values:

~We believe that Black people and people of color must have the power to influence and determine the decisions that affect their lives.

~We believe movements led by directly impacted communities are the key to achieving racial justice.

~We believe culture and healing are essential elements in systems change.

~We believe philanthropy can be a partner in building strong organizations with abundant and flexible resources to lead the fight for justice through power-building, organizing and advocacy for racial justice.

~We believe that, together with organizers, policy makers and peers in philanthropy, we can make Oakland a beacon of justice and liberation for the nation.

Every Saturday, our grantee partner, Oscar Grant Foundation, offers Life After Loss: Grief Support. Join virtually at ht...
10/21/2023

Every Saturday, our grantee partner, Oscar Grant Foundation, offers Life After Loss: Grief Support.

Join virtually at https://tinyurl.com/OGFSaturdays

For the latest installment of our All in for Oakland Blog series, our President Ray Colmenar sat down with Co-Executive ...
10/19/2023

For the latest installment of our All in for Oakland Blog series, our President Ray Colmenar sat down with Co-Executive Director of Young Women's Freedom Center Julia Arroyo!

Check out their full conversation to learn more about Julia and YWFC’s work to empower systems-impacted young women and trans youth to transform their lives and their communities. https://akonadi.org/ywfcs-julia-arroyo-talks-moving-out-the-way-to-let-young-people-lead/

Join Civic Design Studio at the 4th Annual Honoring Our Ancestors event.The focus of this year's celebration is to Honor...
10/17/2023

Join Civic Design Studio at the 4th Annual Honoring Our Ancestors event.

The focus of this year's celebration is to Honor Our Ancestors and foster unity and respect in our Oakland community. The event aims to help people find commonalities within each other’s culture through the visual representations that will be displayed, activities and conversations.

Join us in congratulating one of our   grantee partners, Civic Design Studio! Their mission is to build and strengthen c...
10/15/2023

Join us in congratulating one of our grantee partners, Civic Design Studio! Their mission is to build and strengthen community resilience through arts and culture by cultivating space for folks to engage in cross-cultural and racial solidarity.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Today, we’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, QTVietCafe! The QTViệt Cafe Collective is a creative cultural hu...
10/14/2023

Today, we’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, QTVietCafe! The QTViệt Cafe Collective is a creative cultural hub dedicated to Q***r and Trans Việt liberation through ancestral practices, the arts, and intergenerational connection.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

We’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA)!Founded in 1983, AIWA works to e...
10/06/2023

We’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, Asian Immigrant Women Advocates (AIWA)!

Founded in 1983, AIWA works to empower low-income, limited English-speaking immigrant women and youth to bring about justice in their lives, communities, and society.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Join us in congratulating one of our   grantee partners, Artist as a First Responder! Artist As First Responder is a 6-p...
10/04/2023

Join us in congratulating one of our grantee partners, Artist as a First Responder! Artist As First Responder is a 6-point philanthropic and interactive arts platform rooted in Black feminist praxis that acknowledges, engages, and financially supports Black, Indigenous, and other Artists of Color whose creative practices heal communities and save lives.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Today, we’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, MISSSEY! MISSSEY is an Black woman-led non-profit organization t...
10/02/2023

Today, we’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, MISSSEY! MISSSEY is an Black woman-led non-profit organization that serves youth who are vulnerable to or experiencing trafficking, sexual exploitation, and other forms of sexual and gender-based violence.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Join us in celebrating one of our   grantee partners, ARTogether! ARTogether is dedicated to enriching the lives of refu...
09/30/2023

Join us in celebrating one of our grantee partners, ARTogether! ARTogether is dedicated to enriching the lives of refugees, immigrants, and the marginalized communities of Oakland through the power of art.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Today, we’re spotlighting one of our   grantee partners, West Oakland Mural Project! West Oakland Mural Project is a mur...
09/28/2023

Today, we’re spotlighting one of our grantee partners, West Oakland Mural Project! West Oakland Mural Project is a mural, museum and community center dedicated to celebrating the women and humanitarian legacy of The Black Panther Party.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

We’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, Black Joy Parade!Black Joy Parade is a hyper-positive non-profit based ...
09/25/2023

We’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, Black Joy Parade!

Black Joy Parade is a hyper-positive non-profit based in Oakland, CA that celebrates the Black experience and community's contribution to history and culture with its signature parade and celebration, partnerships and events.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Today, we’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, Feed Black Futures! FBF is the only Black, Q***r, women-led orga...
09/23/2023

Today, we’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, Feed Black Futures! FBF is the only Black, Q***r, women-led organization in California investing in Black farmers and getting prison-impacted Black mamas and caregivers access to nourishing food and supporting them in growing their own.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

We're honored to support for the Rise East initiative and partner with community leaders and organizations who are worki...
09/19/2023

We're honored to support for the Rise East initiative and partner with community leaders and organizations who are working to ensure the well-being of all Black children and families in East Oakland.

Learn more about Rise East and sign up for updates on their website:

The Rise East 10 Year Plan is our roadmap to make deep, lasting improvements in the 40x40 neighborhood of East Oakland for current, future and legacy residents.

Join us in celebrating one of our   grantee partners, Oakland Communities United for Equity and Justice! They provide re...
09/17/2023

Join us in celebrating one of our grantee partners, Oakland Communities United for Equity and Justice! They provide resources to bolster the displacement-resiliency of low-income North Oakland residents.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Oakland, come out to McClymonds High School tomorrow (9/16) to talk with city officials about housing and homelessness, ...
09/15/2023

Oakland, come out to McClymonds High School tomorrow (9/16) to talk with city officials about housing and homelessness, community safety, and economic opportunity. There will be food, and meaningful conversation!

RSVP at www.tinyurl.com/tto16

ICYMI! Our president, Ray Colmenar spoke with Inside Philanthropy about his work at Akonadi, his experiences working wit...
09/11/2023

ICYMI! Our president, Ray Colmenar spoke with Inside Philanthropy about his work at Akonadi, his experiences working with communities in the Bay Area, and the need for sustained support for racial justice work.

Check out Ray's full interview ⬇️

Ray Colmenar recently succeeded Lateefah Simon as president of the Oakland-based Akonadi Foundation. We spoke to him about his career, the notion of co-governance, Akonadi’s racial justice commitments and more.

Today, we’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, St. Mary's Center!St. Mary’s Center is a community of hope, heal...
09/08/2023

Today, we’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, St. Mary's Center!

St. Mary’s Center is a community of hope, healing and justice dedicated to meeting immediate basic needs for food, housing and social connection, while supporting people with lived experience of homelessness and acute poverty to craft their own policy solutions and improve community well-being.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Join us in celebrating one of our   grantee partners, Love Not Blood Campaign!LNBC's guiding principle is simple: Those ...
09/06/2023

Join us in celebrating one of our grantee partners, Love Not Blood Campaign!

LNBC's guiding principle is simple: Those directly impacted should lead the movement for our right to live free from state sanctioned violence. They pursue this goal through healing circles, healing conferences, movement building, economic justice, and advocacy.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Oaklanders! We’re excited to be a part of Talking Transition Oakland to chart a new path forward for our city. The initi...
08/31/2023

Oaklanders! We’re excited to be a part of Talking Transition Oakland to chart a new path forward for our city. The initiative has launched a citywide survey to hear what’s important to you around housing and homelessness, community safety, and economic opportunity, so we’re asking you to give your input.

To learn more and to have a direct role in shaping our city’s future, please take the TTO survey at http://www.oaklandca.gov/talkingtransition!

We’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, Oakland Bloom!Oakland Bloom is dedicated to advancing economic justice,...
08/30/2023

We’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, Oakland Bloom!

Oakland Bloom is dedicated to advancing economic justice, by supporting individual & collective ownership and neighborhood resilience with working class migrant/BIPOC chefs and communities.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

In a recent interview with Inside Philanthropy our president, Ray Colmenar, discusses his journey to Akonadi, the need f...
08/28/2023

In a recent interview with Inside Philanthropy our president, Ray Colmenar, discusses his journey to Akonadi, the need for sustained support for racial justice work, and the importance of co-governance structures in philanthropy.

Check out the full interview!
https://bit.ly/3swGS3O

Ray Colmenar recently succeeded Lateefah Simon as president of the Oakland-based Akonadi Foundation. We spoke to him about his career, the notion of co-governance, Akonadi’s racial justice commitments and more.

Join us in congratulating one of our   grantee partners, Camino Program! Camino Program is a community-based initiative ...
08/27/2023

Join us in congratulating one of our grantee partners, Camino Program! Camino Program is a community-based initiative aiming to advance the issues and opportunities in Oakland by focusing on redefining success through elevating the stories of individuals who have achieved success through alternative pathways.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Today, we’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, BAWAR! Founded in 1971, BAWAR is focused on turning the page in ...
08/26/2023

Today, we’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, BAWAR! Founded in 1971, BAWAR is focused on turning the page in the gender-based violence sector to reflect the needs and lives of all survivors as whole beings.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

How should the City protect renters and make sure people can stay in their homes? What are the best ways we can support ...
08/24/2023

How should the City protect renters and make sure people can stay in their homes? What are the best ways we can support Oaklanders experiencing homelessness?

Tell us your thoughts by taking the short Talking Transition Oakland Survey at

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.

Have you been looking for ways to get more involved in your local government? Well here’s your chance! The Talking Trans...
08/18/2023

Have you been looking for ways to get more involved in your local government? Well here’s your chance! The Talking Transition Oakland Initiative just launched a survey to help show your Mayor and City Council what you need to thrive in Oakland. Your insights will help us create an agenda for the City that’s grounded in our community’s lived experiences.

Take the survey at http://www.oaklandca.gov/talkingtransition and tell your family and friends!

We're thrilled to welcome, Shana as our new Special Projects Coordinator + Office Manager! She'll be managing the Racial...
08/16/2023

We're thrilled to welcome, Shana as our new Special Projects Coordinator + Office Manager! She'll be managing the Racial Justice Poster Project, producing foundation events, and managing the day-to-day administrative needs of the office and team. Shana is passionate about leveraging art and design as a vehicle for social change.

Get to know her more at: https://akonadi.org/akonadi-welcomes-shana-as-special-projects-coordinator-office-manager/

Today, we’re spotlighting one of our Round 2   grantee partners, ! People’s Community Foundation creates programs that s...
08/15/2023

Today, we’re spotlighting one of our Round 2 grantee partners, !

People’s Community Foundation creates programs that support the material conditions of the people in Oakland who need it most.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at the link in our bio.

We're delighted to announce Demetria Huntsman as our new Senior Program Officer! She'll officially start her role on Oct...
08/14/2023

We're delighted to announce Demetria Huntsman as our new Senior Program Officer! She'll officially start her role on October 2nd, where she will oversee the foundation’s youth and education justice grantmaking and engagements, including the So Love Can Win fund and All in for Oakland Initiative.

Demetria is an Oakland native and she's spent much of her career organizing youth and developing communities. Learn more about her at https://bit.ly/3YvCyxD

We’re celebrating one of our   grantee partners, Mycelium Youth Network!Mycelium Youth Network increases youth leadershi...
08/10/2023

We’re celebrating one of our grantee partners, Mycelium Youth Network!

Mycelium Youth Network increases youth leadership pathways in climate resilience by providing youth-led opportunities for civic engagement that correlate to improved socioemotional wellness, actionable climate projects, and overall community wellbeing.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Join us in congratulating one of our Round 2   grantee partners, Diamano Coura West African Dance Company! Diamono West ...
08/05/2023

Join us in congratulating one of our Round 2 grantee partners, Diamano Coura West African Dance Company!

Diamono West African Dance Company is dedicated to the preservation, education, and appreciation of traditional West African music, dance, theater, and culture through public benefit ventures.

Learn more about our So Love Can Win Fund and see all of our grantee partners at https://akonadi.org/congratulations-2023-so-love-can-win-grantee-partners/

Black August originated in California prisons in the 1970s to honor Black political prisoners killed by the state, raise...
08/02/2023

Black August originated in California prisons in the 1970s to honor Black political prisoners killed by the state, raise awareness of prison conditions, and highlight Black resistance.

We recognize Black August as a time for honoring Oakland's Black leaders and organizers who continue to challenge structural racism in all forms. Black liberation and resistance are deeply intertwined with our vision for a racially just Oakland – one where young people of color have the support systems they need to thrive in schools and communities.

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We thrilled to see our grantee partner, BAMBD CDC, secure this space downtown in the Black Arts district and sustain Oak...
07/30/2023

We thrilled to see our grantee partner, BAMBD CDC, secure this space downtown in the Black Arts district and sustain Oakland's oldest Black theatre company!

The former Piano Fight space on Broadway will house The Lower Bottom Playaz and become a cultural hub for Black art in 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:

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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.

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