Black Community Fund Updates

February 2021

The Black Community Fund is excited for 2021!

In 2020, BCF granted $169,000 to local nonprofits serving the Black community and $70,000 to Black students through scholarships. And in December 2020, we received an extraordinary anonymous gift of $70,000 to the Black Community Scholarship Fund.

This means, in 2021, we are able to grant 29 scholarships (more than double the amount from last year) to Black students in the amount of $5,000 each. We are extremely grateful for this anonymous donor.

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.

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Questions? Contact NaTika Rowles, Executive Director at or 816.268.3296

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