Black Community Fund

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June 2020: A Statement from the Black Community Fund

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks and too many others have reopened an ever-present wound that has left the Black community feeling vulnerable and unsafe.

In addition, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected the Black community given our already more comprised health, our greater reliance on jobs deemed “essential,” and our students’ limited access to technology in virtual learning environments.

The Black Community Fund acknowledges that systemic changes are also needed here in Kansas City, and we are encouraged by what the city’s grassroots activism is accomplishing.

In response, we are increasing our funding support for the Black community in the Kansas City area. In addition to our regular philanthropic work in healthcare, education and convening, we feel called to support our community by addressing the most crucial need right now: to feel safe and to be heard. The Black Community Fund will provide $100,000 directly to organizations that address housing security, food security and voter registration.

The Black Community Fund is committed to the ongoing fight against racial disparities and will continue to provide support to enhance the socio-economic position of the Black community.

The Black Community Fund (BCF), an affiliate of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, was established by the Hall Family Foundation in 1983. Its mission is to provide support and leadership to enhance socio-economic aspects of African-American communities in the Greater Kansas City area.

BCF has awarded more than $4.5 million to more than 200 nonprofit organizations addressing critical community needs. In 2010, BCF launched an academic scholarship program. Students receive a minimum of $5,000 and commit to 16 hours of community service. 84 students make up BCF's college-going pipeline, and they have a presence in 33 U.S. institutions from HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities) to Ivy Leagues.

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NaTika Rowles, Executive Director or 816.268.3296

Board of Directors:

Emmet Pierson, Jr., Board Chair
Damon Bryant, Vice Chair
Shannon Berry
Dan Haley
Rhonda Holman


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