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.

We’re proud to join with other Bay Area funders to launch a relief fund for East Bay and Oakland artists, teaching artis...
05/18/2020

We’re proud to join with other Bay Area funders to launch a relief fund for East Bay and Oakland artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers. Applications will be accepted from May 18 until June 5, 5pm PDT. #EBayArtistsRelief

JUST LAUNCHED! East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts!
Artists, teaching artists, culture bearers and nonprofit arts workers living in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties are eligible for up to $2K in grants. Fund aims to support those in historically underserved communities who are financially vulnerable due to this economic crisis. Applications will be accepted from May 18 until June 5, 5pm PDT. Visit https://www.cciarts.org/EastBayOaklandRelief.htm.

The East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts is a pooled fund with $625,000. It is led by Kenneth Rainin Foundation together with Akonadi Foundation; City of Oakland, Cultural Affairs Division; Richard Diebenkorn Foundation; Fleishhacker Foundation; Gerbode Foundation; William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman; Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund; Shuler-Heimburger Family Fund at East Bay Community Foundation; Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation; and individual donors, have launched this fund with $625,000. CCI Is administering this Fund. #EBayArtistsRelief

‘The governor’s proposal would close the last three youth prisons and a fire camp run by the state’s juvenile justice sy...
05/16/2020
In Surprise, Newsom Calls for an End to California's Youth Prison System

‘The governor’s proposal would close the last three youth prisons and a fire camp run by the state’s juvenile justice system, halting a more than 100-year tradition of incarcerating California’s youngest offenders at remote warehouse-like facilities.’ #youthjustice #closeyouthprisons #juvenilejustice

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced Thursday that he plans to close what what was once the country’s most vast and notorious youth prison system.

Today, Homies Empowerment will be with Davey D on Hard Knock Radio on KPFA Radio 94.1FM to talk about the Homies Freedom...
05/13/2020

Today, Homies Empowerment will be with Davey D on Hard Knock Radio on KPFA Radio 94.1FM to talk about the Homies Freedom Store in East Oakland and their work of bringing food to the people. @daveydcook @cesaracruzteolol Homies Empowerment Program/Adelante

Thanks to Davey D Cook, Anita Johnson and the entire crew at Hard Knock Radio and Pacifica Radio there will be a feature segment today at 4pm west coast time featuring Homies Empowerment Program/Adelante board members Dr. Newin Orante and Dr. G.T. Reyes. Also featured are two amazing partners JP Hailer of the Youth Food Project and Pastor Mustafa Muhyee of B.A.S.I.C. Ministries. They are all amazing! Please tune in! It is an inspiring conversation. Wednesday 4pm on 94.1FM in the Bay, or Kpfa Stream (KPFA . org).

Today would have been Ahmaud Arbery’s 26th birthday. People around the country are running and walking 2.23 miles to hon...
05/08/2020

Today would have been Ahmaud Arbery’s 26th birthday. People around the country are running and walking 2.23 miles to honor and celebrate his life. #justiceforahmaud #irunwithmaud

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery! We stand in solidarity with the family and movement organizations demanding justice and worki...
05/07/2020

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery! We stand in solidarity with the family and movement organizations demanding justice and working to end white supremacy.
#justiceforahmaud #AhmaudArbery

Formerly incarcerated students say Alameda County’s shelter-in-place orders are triggering memories of their past confin...
04/30/2020
For Formerly Incarcerated Students, Sheltering in Place Can Feel Like Prison Again | KQED

Formerly incarcerated students say Alameda County’s shelter-in-place orders are triggering memories of their past confinement, compounding the stress of the moment and making studying nearly impossible. https://bit.ly/2KHktHB #InThisTogether

Formerly incarcerated students are finding California's stay-at-home order triggering memories of their past confinement, compounding the stress of the moment and making studying nearly impossible.

Young Women's Freedom Center has launched Revolutionary Storytelling -- A Healing & Arts Program for formerly incarcerat...
04/30/2020

Young Women's Freedom Center has launched Revolutionary Storytelling -- A Healing & Arts Program for formerly incarcerated women. Sessions begin soon. No artistic or work experience required. See flyer for details and sign up.

You are invited to join a webinar with formerly incarcerated women, advocates and funders to discuss issues facing cis a...
04/28/2020
Please RSVP for the April 29th Webinar!

You are invited to join a webinar with formerly incarcerated women, advocates and funders to discuss issues facing cis and trans women in prison given the Covid 19 crisis. Wed, April 29th from 2-4pm PT.

This event is hosted by the Race, Gender and Human Rights Fund, the @EastBayCommunityFoundation and Akonadi Foundation, and co-sponsored by the California Criminal Justice Funders Group and the California Gender Justice Funders Network. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12LZjYK2RqxFYalNRbkTWd-vTN7a4kqy6giDkIu8F_Jk/viewform?edit_requested=true

As the funder visit to Central California Women's Facility has been postponed, we hope you will instead join us for a webinar with formerly incarcerated women, advocates and funders on Wed, April 29th from 2-4pm PT. We will discuss issues facing women in prison given the Covid 19 crisis with the aim...

Oakland Frontline Healers’ #COVID-19 Response Team is offering services to help ensure Oakland’s Flatland communities ma...
04/27/2020
OAKLAND FRONTLINE HEALERS

Oakland Frontline Healers’ #COVID-19 Response Team is offering services to help ensure Oakland’s Flatland communities make it through this crisis and the recovery intact & stronger than ever. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2RSVnJL #Oakland

Community Healers Covid-19 Response Team

“When we finally look back on this crisis, will we have the courage to address racial inequality and remove the barriers...
04/24/2020
Coronavirus underscores need for healing America's racial divisions

“When we finally look back on this crisis, will we have the courage to address racial inequality and remove the barriers that create persistent traumatic stress environments in the first place?” Op-ed via The California Endowment: https://bit.ly/2z5PnHh #RacialEquity #HealthEquity

This pandemic is an inflection point for our country to pause, reflect and pivot toward a nation of healing, belonging and care. We have an opportunity to come to grips with the consequences of our past, and an opportunity for healing the future.

As we all #StayAtHome, the @oaklandmuseumca is continuing to connect w/ the community through its new webpage exploring ...
04/23/2020
OMCA at Home | Oakland Museum of California

As we all #StayAtHome, the @oaklandmuseumca is continuing to connect w/ the community through its new webpage exploring past exhibitions & events, educational resources for students & teachers, collections and more. Check it out: https://bit.ly/2VCWRZG #Oakland #InThisTogether

While OMCA may be closed, we are committed to doing what we do best—staying connected with our community. We realize what a hard time this is and are keeping you in our thoughts. We'll be sharing some of our videos exploring past exhibitions and events, educational resources for students and teach...

LISTEN: In the debut mini-episode of Lady Don’t Take No, host Alicia Garza talks with our president Lateefah Simon about...
04/23/2020
Lateefah Simon's Edges | Lady Don't Take No

LISTEN: In the debut mini-episode of Lady Don’t Take No, host Alicia Garza talks with our president Lateefah Simon about a range of topics including what it’s like to lead during a global pandemic and Zoom fatigue: https://bit.ly/2yyQ5ME Black Futures Lab

Welcome to the debut mini episode of Lady Don't Take No with Alicia Garza! Garza gets the party started right with friend and superhuman, Lateefah Simon.

Time for Tea? We are proud to sponsor a Tea Time with Pendarvis Harshaw of KQED's Rightnowish to reconnect, sip some tea...
04/23/2020
Tea Time with Pendarvis Harshaw of Rightnowish

Time for Tea? We are proud to sponsor a Tea Time with Pendarvis Harshaw of KQED's Rightnowish to reconnect, sip some tea, and talk about how the East Bay is hanging in there. https://www.kqed.org/events/102996378942

Thursday, April 23, 5:00 PM Hope you can join!

Join Pendarvis Harshaw of KQED's Rightnowish to reconnect, sip some tea, and talk about how the East Bay is hanging in there. Who: Me, and you. Yo momma and your cousin.What: A virtual tea party. Bring your finest mug.Where: Zoom, where it's all happening nowadays. When: Thursday afternoon unwind ti...

We’re proud to join other #nonprofits & the state of CA in supporting funds for the California Immigrant Resilience Fund...
04/22/2020
Coronavirus: Newsom, nonprofits pledge $125 million for undocumented immigrants

We’re proud to join other #nonprofits & the state of CA in supporting funds for the California Immigrant Resilience Fund which will address economic hardships faced by undocumented #immigrants amid #COVID19: https://bit.ly/3br665V

An estimated 150,000 undocumented adults in Californian will receive a one-time cash payment of $500 per adult with a cap of $1,000 per household to deal with the specific needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

New York Foundation for the Arts partners w/ Anonymous Was A Woman to launch an emergency relief grant program to suppor...
04/22/2020
New York Foundation for the Arts

New York Foundation for the Arts partners w/ Anonymous Was A Woman to launch an emergency relief grant program to support women artists impacted by the #COVID19 crisis. Deadline to apply is April 30: https://bit.ly/3anWnMs #ArtistReliefFund

A: The fund will cover any documented lost income opportunities including, but not limited to: cancelled teaching, speaking, or consulting assignments; lost temp work; layoffs or furloughs as a result of business closures, etc.

Happening now through May 5 - Museum of the African Diaspora & Artsy present an online benefit auction. Art works in the...
04/22/2020
MoAD: Diaspora Unite! Artists of African Descent Benefit Auction 2020 | Artsy

Happening now through May 5 - Museum of the African Diaspora & Artsy present an online benefit auction. Art works in the auction represent the infinite iterations of the African diaspora and proceeds will provide much-needed funds for the Museum during the #COVID19 pandemic. More info: https://bit.ly/34OvPTA

Museum of the African Diaspora + Artsy are thrilled to present MoAD: Diaspora Unite! Artists of African Descent Benefit Auction 2020 featuring works from some of the more important artists of African descent around the globe. In creating an expansive, yet focused auction representing the infinite it...

Oakland leaders announce a racial disparity task force to address the racialized impacts of #COVID19  and create state l...
04/22/2020
Local Leaders Announce COVID-19 Racial Disparities Task Force

Oakland leaders announce a racial disparity task force to address the racialized impacts of #COVID19 and create state legislation to reduce health disparities for people of color. https://bit.ly/34VgoJo #HealthEquity #Oakland

The official website of the City of Oakland. Find out about meetings, request City services through OAK 311, or contact the Mayor and City Council.

Amid the #COVID19 crisis, leaders from Liberty Hill Foundation and The California Endowment urge LA County to release yo...
04/21/2020
Stop a Coronavirus Disaster: Release Kids from Juvenile Facilities

Amid the #COVID19 crisis, leaders from Liberty Hill Foundation and The California Endowment urge LA County to release youth in juvenile facilities to ensure their protection and safety as well as the safety of our communities: https://bit.ly/2JPDabB #FreeThemAll #JuvenileJustice

Two leaders in California philanthropy appeal to Los Angeles to release as many youth as possible from juvenile incarceration settings during the pandemic

The #OaklandUndocumentedReliefFund will provide critical support to #immigrant #Oakland workers who have lost their jobs...
04/21/2020
Apply for Help, OUR Fund

The #OaklandUndocumentedReliefFund will provide critical support to #immigrant #Oakland workers who have lost their jobs and income as a result of the #COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2K4pUQy

WAITLIST CLOSED: We have had an overwhelming number of requests for aid and have to close the waiting list.

We mourn the loss of Oakland community leader Terry Blanchard. Blanchard was an entrepreneur and  former president and b...
04/21/2020
Beloved Oakland community leader dies of coronavirus

We mourn the loss of Oakland community leader Terry Blanchard. Blanchard was an entrepreneur and former president and board member of East Oakland Youth Development Center who made an immense impact in our community mentoring youth in Oakland. He will be sorely missed: https://bit.ly/2Kl7oUd

Terry Blanchard was an entrepreneur who was known for his work mentoring at-risk youth.

We have relaunched our #SoLoveCanWin rapid response fund to assist people of color-led orgs in #Oakland to meet demands ...
04/17/2020

We have relaunched our #SoLoveCanWin rapid response fund to assist people of color-led orgs in #Oakland to meet demands and/or aid the loss of operational revenue during this unprecedented time. Learn more and apply: https://bit.ly/SLCW2020

Some of the most vulnerable people in this pandemic are youth in juvenile hall. Pendarvis Harshaw writes a moving letter...
04/17/2020
A Letter to Young Folks in Juvenile Hall During the Pandemic | KQED

Some of the most vulnerable people in this pandemic are youth in juvenile hall. Pendarvis Harshaw writes a moving letter urging that the current failed #CJsystem “doesn't continue to fail young people of color when things are “back to normal.” https://bit.ly/2xscLOv #YouthJustice

Dear incarcerated youth, please tell your story and change the system that failed you.

Orgs like Young Women's Freedom Center & All of Us or None are working with a pioneering SF program to reduce the #crimi...
04/16/2020
Cutting the Poor a Break

Orgs like Young Women's Freedom Center & All of Us or None are working with a pioneering SF program to reduce the #criminaljustice fines and fees that prevent people from succeeding. https://bit.ly/3a5dQJz #CJreform

San Francisco pioneers a program to reduce the fees and fines that keep people from succeeding.

APPLY: The city of #Oakland has announced emergency grants to help small Oakland business owners impacted by #COVID19. Q...
04/16/2020
Oakland Grants — Working Solutions

APPLY: The city of #Oakland has announced emergency grants to help small Oakland business owners impacted by #COVID19. Qualifying business owners can apply through the city’s partner, Working Solutions, and get $5K. Info: https://workingsolutions.org/oakland-grants

The Oakland Small Business Emergency Grant Program is a collaboration between the City of Oakland and Working Solutions, funded by the Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund. The program is making working capital grants of $5,000 to small businesses in Oakland owned by very low-income individuals who have suf...

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Amid the #COVID19 pandemic, New Media Venture is expanding its 2020 Open Call and wants to hear fro...
04/16/2020
2020 Expanded Open Call

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Amid the #COVID19 pandemic, New Media Venture is expanding its 2020 Open Call and wants to hear from entrepreneurs and activists from vulnerable communities impacted by the crisis. Info: https://bit.ly/2wycSYq

Wrestling with the challenges facing our democracy in this time of crisis? We want to hear from you!

As #COVID19 spreads in Santa Rita Jail at 13x the rate as the outside community, Communities United for Restorative Yout...
04/15/2020

As #COVID19 spreads in Santa Rita Jail at 13x the rate as the outside community, Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice and allies are holding a Car Rally to Santa Rita Jail tomorrow calling to #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth to ensure the health of all. Info: https://bit.ly/3cmSiJX

We must ensure the health and well-being of all Californians, including the 2 million undocumented Californians and thei...
04/15/2020

We must ensure the health and well-being of all Californians, including the 2 million undocumented Californians and their families. Proud to join Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR) and our colleagues in philanthropy to support the #CAImmigrantResilience Fund. ImmigrantFundCA.org

Digital Diner- Jeff Chang and Martin G. Reynolds share a massive commitment to equity in journalism, and creating a worl...
04/14/2020

Digital Diner- Jeff Chang and Martin G. Reynolds share a massive commitment to equity in journalism, and creating a world where reporting stories from the perspective of multi-racial communities is normal, not an anomaly. Join the conversation this Saturday, April 18, 4 pm. With co-host Parul Wadhwa
Register - http://storycenter.org/jdd2020

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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.