Bank of America announced today that it has directed more than $22 million in philanthropic funding to support education, jobs, entrepreneurship, health and housing and for people and communities of color as the company continues to deliver on its $1 billion, four-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity. These grants build on the $250 million in philanthropic funding the company allocates annually to nonprofit partners that address critical needs in the communities they serve.
“Workforce development, job creation and access to health and housing services are some of the most pressing needs facing Black, Hispanic-Latino and Native American individuals,” said Ebony Thomas, Bank of America’s Racial Equality and Economic Opportunity Executive. “By providing this support alongside our national and local partners, we are further addressing many of the challenges facing under-resourced and underserved communities across the U.S.”
Bank of America is focused on developing stronger hiring pipelines and empowering students to advance their academic and career opportunities. Grants are directed toward:
Additional organizations receiving grants include: Thurgood Marshall College Fund, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), Posse Foundation, American Indian Institute at Mesa Community College, Navajo Technical College, United National Indian Tribal Youth Inc. and the American Indian College Fund.
Grants support the resiliency of small businesses, assisting Black, Hispanic-Latino and Indigenous entrepreneurs through the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Latino Business Action Network, the California Lutheran University Center for Economic Research & Forecasting with the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, Echoing Green and Our Native American Business Entrepreneurship Network (ONABEN).
Recent Bank of America announcements focused on racial equality, diversity and inclusion and economic opportunity include:
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Vanessa Cook, Bank of America