Akonadi Foundation

Akonadi Foundation Akonadi Foundation funds powerful movements and coordinated campaigns to shape a racially just Oakland. 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 t

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 t

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Today we recognize and honor #IndigenousPeoplesDay! Learn more from IllumiNative using their toolkit and lesson plan to ...
10/11/2021
Indigenous Peoples' Day 2020

Today we recognize and honor #IndigenousPeoplesDay!

Learn more from IllumiNative using their toolkit and lesson plan to help advocate and be a good ally of Indigenous communities all year-round: https://illuminatives.org/indigenouspeoplesday/

In 2020, the Movement for Black Lives has inspired people to protest and reject racist symbols and institutions. This has led to several positive changes for Native people, including the renaming of the Washington NFL team, exposure of medical racism in Indian Country, and removal of racist monument...

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday?Celebrate art, food, music and community at OLD OAKLAND CELEBRATES! 4 bloc...
10/08/2021

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday?

Celebrate art, food, music and community at OLD OAKLAND CELEBRATES!

4 blocks, 40+ merchants and vendors with music, art exhibits, artists market, food and drinks, outdoor badminton and activity areas, outdoor old school video games and craft activities. Fun for all ages!

The party starts at 9th and Broadway.

Organized by E14 Gallery, Good Good Eatz and Civic Design Studio

Looking for something fun to do this Saturday?

Celebrate art, food, music and community at OLD OAKLAND CELEBRATES!

4 blocks, 40+ merchants and vendors with music, art exhibits, artists market, food and drinks, outdoor badminton and activity areas, outdoor old school video games and craft activities. Fun for all ages!

The party starts at 9th and Broadway.

Organized by E14 Gallery, Good Good Eatz and Civic Design Studio

Come out to support local youth artists at their grand opening art show this Saturday, October 9th during the Old Oaklan...
10/07/2021

Come out to support local youth artists at their grand opening art show this Saturday, October 9th during the Old Oakland Celebrates block party! The show is organized by AAPI Youth Rising, AAPI Silicon Valley, National Children's Campaign, E14 Gallery and Rock Paper Scissors Collective.

There will be more than 40 Bay Area K-12 youth artists sharing art they created in response to the prompt" What does learning about diversity mean to you and your own education as a well-rounded person and citizen?"

Check it out from 12pm - 6 p.m. at the E14 Gallery in Oakland.

Flyer credit: Siwoo Rhie

Come out to support local youth artists at their grand opening art show this Saturday, October 9th during the Old Oakland Celebrates block party! The show is organized by AAPI Youth Rising, AAPI Silicon Valley, National Children's Campaign, E14 Gallery and Rock Paper Scissors Collective.

There will be more than 40 Bay Area K-12 youth artists sharing art they created in response to the prompt" What does learning about diversity mean to you and your own education as a well-rounded person and citizen?"

Check it out from 12pm - 6 p.m. at the E14 Gallery in Oakland.

Flyer credit: Siwoo Rhie

Congrats to KQED's Pendarvis Harshaw of #Rightnowish  (a project we're a proud funder of!) for winning a Northern Califo...
10/07/2021

Congrats to KQED's Pendarvis Harshaw of #Rightnowish (a project we're a proud funder of!) for winning a Northern California Emmy for the production of 'Dear Beloved'!

The virtual event honored mothers who've lost children to gun violence and was made in partnership by our grantee SOL Development, BE-IMAGINATIVE, KQED Arts + more!

Learn more about 'Dear Beloved' here: https://www.kqed.org/events/117345326029

Congrats to KQED's Pendarvis Harshaw of #Rightnowish (a project we're a proud funder of!) for winning a Northern California Emmy for the production of 'Dear Beloved'!

The virtual event honored mothers who've lost children to gun violence and was made in partnership by our grantee SOL Development, BE-IMAGINATIVE, KQED Arts + more!

Learn more about 'Dear Beloved' here: https://www.kqed.org/events/117345326029

Urban Peace Movement is looking for youth and young adults in the Bay to join their stipended ten-week youth justice int...
10/06/2021

Urban Peace Movement is looking for youth and young adults in the Bay to join their stipended ten-week youth justice internship! Applications are due October 8th by 6 PM.

Apply here or share this opportunity with a young adult passionate about social justice: https://bit.ly/LITMOB2021

Urban Peace Movement is looking for youth and young adults in the Bay to join their stipended ten-week youth justice internship! Applications are due October 8th by 6 PM.

Apply here or share this opportunity with a young adult passionate about social justice: https://bit.ly/LITMOB2021

As we reimagine a decolonial and abolitionist future, we have to be ready to ask—what does radical transformation look l...
10/05/2021
F*** the Transactional

As we reimagine a decolonial and abolitionist future, we have to be ready to ask—what does radical transformation look like beyond the transactional? How do we make sure our communities aren’t reproducing the harm of generations of systemic violence in our visions for a freer future?

Co-founder and Executive Director George Galvis of our grantee Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice will be considering these questions with Alicia Garza, principal at Black Futures Lab and author of The Purpose of Power; Edgar Villanueva, founder of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Shawn Ginwright, PhD., CEO of Flourish Agenda.

RSVP for this powerful conversation on October 21 at 11 AM.
http://tinyurl.com/F-Transactional

Last summer, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, this country started to reckon with its deeply racist foundations. BIPOC organizers across the country held a mirror to corporations, philanthropists, and individuals, sparking some of the largest and most widespread financial investments in ra...

How do we make the Bay Area a place of beauty, belonging, and opportunity for all? Join leaders in the field as they dis...
10/01/2021
Bay Area's Future Expert Night 09-14-21

How do we make the Bay Area a place of beauty, belonging, and opportunity for all?

Join leaders in the field as they discuss how to support artists, small business owners and entrepreneurs, and activists and organizers to thrive into the future.

Listen to this enlightening conversation with:
- Lateefah Simon, President | Akonadi Foundation
- Mark Herbert, Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director, California | Small Business Majority
- Tammy Johnson, Dancer, producer and Curator | #CreativesinPlace
- Moderator: Karina Moreno, Executive Director | Mimi and Peter Haas Fund

https://vimeo.com/605759175

How do we make the Bay Area a place of beauty, belonging, and opportunity for all? Join leaders in the field as they discuss how to support artists and cultural…

09/30/2021

NEWS: We are thrilled to announce the #VisionaryFreedomFund’s first cohort of grantee partners. 🙌

All orgs are led by BIPOC, Q***r, Trans and AAPI communities & build leadership & empower young people to address:
⚡ Abolition
⚡ Restorative justice
⚡ Calls to divest from policing and prisons

You may find more information about all the incredible partners, as well as their innovative model of participatory grantmaking that shares decision-making power with directly-impacted youth, by checking out VFF's website. https://affund.org/visionaryfreedomfund/

Seeing Akonadi's Racial Justice Poster Project displayed on 14th Street and Broadway in Downtown Oakland is so exciting!...
09/30/2021

Seeing Akonadi's Racial Justice Poster Project displayed on 14th Street and Broadway in Downtown Oakland is so exciting!

Through the Racial Justice Poster Project, we lift up the legacy of resistance, paying tribute to the artistic and cultural ambassadors engaged in the ongoing struggle for racial justice. This year’s poster “We Got Us” was based off of a mural by lead artist Cece Carpio, Robert Liu-Trujillo, Nisha Kaur Sethi, Priya Handa and Trust Your Struggle Collective. Learn more about the project and the artists here: https://akonadi.org/posters/

Shoutout to Civic Design Studio for the installation and to our RJPP artists for sharing their beautiful talent with the community.

If you stop by the window display, take a picture and tag us!

On August 9, students in Oakland returned to police-free campuses. Read Black Organizing Project's lessons for Californi...
09/29/2021
COMMENTARY: Lessons from Oakland’s move to police-free schools

On August 9, students in Oakland returned to police-free campuses.

Read Black Organizing Project's lessons for California and the nation about what it truly takes to stop the criminalization of young people and their families. https://t.co/vVfVHOmiCS?amp=1

The story of Oakland’s efforts to eliminate school policing highlights four important lessons about what it truly takes to stop the criminalization of young people and their families. 

Our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner RooT is accepting applications for its Fall 2021 Healing Cycles of Harm workshop serie...
09/29/2021
Healing Cycles of Harm | wetakeroot

Our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner RooT is accepting applications for its Fall 2021 Healing Cycles of Harm workshop series for LGBTQIA+ Black Folks, Indigenous Folks, and People of Color.

The 10-week healing workshop is geared towards those who have been impacted by violence, caused harm, enabled harm, and those who find themselves in cycles of physical and emotional harm who want to explore their participation in such cycles.

Learn more and apply to join them next month: https://bit.ly/2Y8G1XX

Healing Cycles of Harm Workshop

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner, Love Not Blood Campaign!We're honored to support the Love Not Blood Campa...
09/24/2021

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner, Love Not Blood Campaign!

We're honored to support the Love Not Blood Campaign as they creating healing spaces for families impacted by police violence and demand accountability.

Learn more about their work and get involved at lovenotbloodcampaign.org.

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner, High Altitude Youth Program! We're honored to support this leadership pro...
09/23/2021

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner, High Altitude Youth Program!

We're honored to support this leadership program making a difference in young people's lives! Learn more: facebook.com/highaltitudepro

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner, Habari Ummah! We're honored to support this collective uplifting the Blac...
09/22/2021

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner, Habari Ummah!

We're honored to support this collective uplifting the Black Muslim community, arts and culture in Oakland.

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner, Black New World Media!Black New World Media was born in 2020 to provide a...
09/21/2021
Black New World Media – The People's Information Source

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner, Black New World Media!

Black New World Media was born in 2020 to provide an unfiltered uncompromising informed Black voice in the local media, especially surrounding issues that Black voices and voices of color have been whited out of such as around COVID, and policy changes surrounding the pandemic. Black New World Media is an educational tool, just as much as it is a tool to empower the Black community.

Read their stories at blacknewworldmedia.com.

Oakland Police Commission Chairwoman Regina Jackson Speaks By JR Valrey, The Minister of Information Many know Ms. Regina Jackson, as the director of the East Oakland Youth Development Center in deep East Oakland, but these same people do not know that she has another very important post in the town...

Since 2016, Akonadi's #SoLoveCanWin grant partner Adamika Village has been one of Deep East Oakland's advocates for chan...
09/20/2021

Since 2016, Akonadi's #SoLoveCanWin grant partner Adamika Village has been one of Deep East Oakland's advocates for change through violence interruption, healing work, and engagement with nonprofits in service of the Black community.

Learn about their transformative work: https://adamikavillage.org/

Did you know Akonadi Foundation curates a list of funding and capacity building opportunities for Oakland-based racial j...
09/17/2021

Did you know Akonadi Foundation curates a list of funding and capacity building opportunities for Oakland-based racial justice organizers?

Check out the page at akonadi.org/resources for the latest announcements and share this post with someone who needs it!

Did you know Akonadi Foundation curates a list of funding and capacity building opportunities for Oakland-based racial justice organizers?

Check out the page at akonadi.org/resources for the latest announcements and share this post with someone who needs it!

Akonadi Foundation recognizes #HispanicHeritageMonth and celebrates all the ways the beautiful and diverse Latinx commun...
09/17/2021
Why Hispanic Heritage Month starts in the middle of September

Akonadi Foundation recognizes #HispanicHeritageMonth and celebrates all the ways the beautiful and diverse Latinx communities have contributed to Oakland's culture.

Learn more about why this month starts in the middle of September: https://cnn.it/3AhQYEH

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins Wednesday and will run through October 15, giving the United States an opportunity to recognize and celebrate members of our communities and their ancestors who hail from Mexico, parts of the Caribbean, Central and South America and Spain.

Somos Familia builds leadership in our Latinx families and communities to create a culture where people of diverse gende...
09/16/2021

Somos Familia builds leadership in our Latinx families and communities to create a culture where people of diverse genders and sexual orientations can thrive.

We're honored to support Somos Familia through Akonadi's #SoLoveCanWin Fund to help create a welcoming and safe community for all.

Learn more about them at somosfamiliabay.org.

Asian Refugees United was founded to center the voice and leadership of Asian refugees, particularly Vietnamese and Bhut...
09/15/2021

Asian Refugees United was founded to center the voice and leadership of Asian refugees, particularly Vietnamese and Bhutanese, who’ve resettled in Oakland.

Get involved with our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner's events and projects at https://bit.ly/2WjB3GB

The Kapor Center's West Oakland site is being activated as a polling site for the recall election from Saturday Sept 11t...
09/14/2021

The Kapor Center's West Oakland site is being activated as a polling site for the recall election from Saturday Sept 11th - Tuesday Sept 14th! Their address is: 1901 Polar Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

Make your voice heard and vote, plus enjoy a special closing event on Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m featuring The Town Experience, Endeavors, Kev Choice, Davey D Cook and KPFA Radio!

COVID safety measures will apply.

#election #govote #voting

The Kapor Center's West Oakland site is being activated as a polling site for the recall election from Saturday Sept 11th - Tuesday Sept 14th! Their address is: 1901 Polar Street, Oakland, CA 94607.

Make your voice heard and vote, plus enjoy a special closing event on Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m featuring The Town Experience, Endeavors, Kev Choice, Davey D Cook and KPFA Radio!

COVID safety measures will apply.

#election #govote #voting

You don’t have to be late on rent to get help! CA COVID-19 Rent Relief can help with future rent and utilities, too. Pri...
09/13/2021

You don’t have to be late on rent to get help! CA COVID-19 Rent Relief can help with future rent and utilities, too. Priority assistance will be given to renters at the highest risk of eviction. Go to HousingIsKey.com to check eligibility and apply.

You can also call the State’s hotline for individual assistance or reach out to Northern CA Land Trust staff by phone 510-548-7878, option 2 or email [email protected].

"It is vital that philanthropy invests, for the long haul, in community-based, Black-led organizations that are working ...
09/10/2021
Social Investor

"It is vital that philanthropy invests, for the long haul, in community-based, Black-led organizations that are working not just to dismantle but to transform public systems plagued by institutional racism." — Lateefah Simon, president of Akonadi Foundation

Read her article in the latest issue of Chandler Foundation's Social Investor magazine on how philanthropy can be an ally to the racial justice movement.

Check out the magazine for insightful and inspiring stories: http://ow.ly/F89D50G6wLB

Social Investor looks at the challenge of social impact. It shares stories and lessons, challenges conventional wisdom, and imagines the possibilities unleashed by collaboration.

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner BAY-Peace! BAY-Peace supports & empower youth to transform militarism and ...
09/10/2021

Get to know our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner BAY-Peace!

BAY-Peace supports & empower youth to transform militarism and other forms of violence through organizing and artistic resistance. We're honored to support this work.

Learn more at baypeace.org

Get to know the West Oakland Mural Project! Our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner is dedicated to honoring the Women of The ...
09/09/2021

Get to know the West Oakland Mural Project!

Our #SoLoveCanWin grantee partner is dedicated to honoring the Women of The Black Panther Party and their legacy.

Stop by their mural and mini museum and learn more about their community building at westoaklandmuralproject.org

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436 14th St, Ste 1417
Oakland, CA
94612-2711

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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+1 510-663-3867

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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.