AUSTIN (KXAN) — Several Black-led and Black-serving nonprofits in Central Texas are getting more than $350,000 from The Black Fund at Austin Community Foundation.  

The fund, which launched in 2022, is a collective giving network aimed at unleashing the power of Black-led organizations and uplifting solutions to benefit the Black community in Central Texas.

It is part of the Austin Community’s Foundation strategy to close the opportunity gap in Central Texas.

Leaders behind The Black Fund said it is driven by data and community voice.

Their goal is to foster an equitable environment that nurtures the growth, economic security and wellness of Black people.  

“We’ve put a lot into this. We’ve come a really long way in a very short amount of time, and we still have so much further to go. We have such big visions about what the future looks like,” said Terry P. Mitchell, co-chair of The Black Fund. 

Community members gathered at The Paramount Theatre Monday to celebrate the 21 nonprofits selected to receive $355,000 from The Black Fund. 

The show featured appearances by Roland Martin, Taméca Jones, Alesia Lani, Ballet Afrique, Cha’keeta Banita and Tje Austin.

“It’s just the beginning. While we are honoring our progress tonight, there’s a long way to go, and I look forward to getting back into it and the momentum that’s coming, because we’ve been here, we’ve been doing the work,” said Pamela Benson Owens, co-chair of The Black Fund. 

The fund has invested in several impact areas including education, health and wellness, power building, advocacy and wealth building. Leaders said their theory of change is based on empowering Black leaders to help create a more sustainable community that benefits all people.

The unrestricted, general operating grants were distributed to the following nonprofits: 

  • African American Leadership Institute (AALI) 
  • Allure Alliance 
  • Austin Black Physicians Association 
  • Austin Urban Technology Movement 
  • Black Makers Market 
  • Black Mamas ATX 
  • Black Mamas Village Austin 
  • Black Trans Leadership of Austin 
  • Capitol View Arts 
  • Changing Expectations 
  • Excellence and Advancement Foundation 
  • Family Preservation Leadership Council 
  • Grassroots Leadership 
  • Maternal Health Equity Collaborative 
  • Roslyn’s Novel 
  • The Man in Me 

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