In 2020, we launched the REALITY Racial Equity Micro Grants to support the REALITY community’s work and leadership to center racial equity and work toward a more just and inclusive society.
We are so proud of the initiatives our alumni community has led with these micro grants.
In an effort to expand our micro grant offerings, our Racial Equity Micro Grants will now fall under a new micro grant category: REALITY Social Justice Micro Grants. REALITY and Schusterman Family Philanthropies are deeply committed to building a more just and equitable world, and we have identified various social justice categories in which alumni are able to create initiatives to provide direct relief to individuals and communities in need.
The goal of these micro grants is to provide direct relief to communities and individuals via initiatives within the following categories:
- Racial equity
- Criminal justice reform
- Education reform
- Hunger and food security
- Gender and reproductive equity
- LGBTQ advocacy/security
These micro grants of up to $2,500 will help REALITY alumni take purposeful action toward engaging more people and organizations in the work of tikkun olam (repairing the world). While these micro grants will not address the full extent of the hardships communities and individuals are facing today, they are intended to support REALITY alumni efforts to provide direct and immediate relief to communities impacted by various systemic challenges.
Informed by our commitment to repairing the world, our core value of equity, our leadership journeys, our personal and professional experiences and the ways the REALITY community has stepped up with micro grants over the past year, we believe that our community is uniquely positioned to:
- Identify emergency response and relief initiatives that support organizations, communities and businesses leading the ongoing social justice movements and provide relief and/or resources to those most impacted by inequity;
- Act quickly to organize and implement initiatives or collaborate with existing organizations who are focusing on equity work; and
- Work with fellow REALITY community members and/or experts in the fields providing direct service and relief to those most impacted by inequity—particularly Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)—and the social justice work taking place.
Please note that all initiatives supported by these micro grants must comply with the guidelines set by relevant local authorities, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), especially as it relates to social distancing and local shelter-in-place policies currently in effect.
Some example initiatives include:
- Purchasing food and other necessary supplies and items for families, children, and communities in need.
- Purchasing educational resources, services and tech items to make systems, institutions or programs more accessible.
- Providing mental health resources for communities experiencing trauma.
- Providing masks, food and water to protesters supporting equity.
- Supporting local-owned restaurants and businesses by purchasing supplies to donate to local food banks and homeless shelters.
We are inspired by how our REALITY community remains committed to drawing on our values as we show up for each other and support those in need. If you need assistance or have questions, please email Jenny Feuer.
Schusterman Family Philanthropies is deeply committed to centering equity in our work. We invite you to learn more about our journey to Alabama, read our statement on recent acts of racism in the U.S. and recent acts of violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, and explore our work in criminal justice reform, K12 education and gender and reproductive equity.