The FINANCIAL — 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 according to Bank of America.
“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.”
$18.35 million for higher education and workforce development
Bank of America is focused on developing stronger hiring pipelines and empowering students to advance their academic and career opportunities. Grants are directed toward:
As Bank of America notes, providing workforce solutions through GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program, which enables individuals from diverse backgrounds to gain training and launch renewable energy careers;
Fueling Black innovation through a $10 million grant to Spelman and Morehouse colleges to establish the Center for Black Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Black Economic Alliance Foundation;
Supporting the advancement of student and institutional success at five historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through the Way Forward initiative, a collaboration with education company EAB;
Joining a coalition of business leaders to upskill, hire and promote 1 million Black Americans over the next 10 years through the creation of OneTen;
Providing funding for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Support Services, which empowers and enables students, parents, scholars, and alumni to set a course for academic and career success;
Supporting the UnidosUS Latinos in Finance program to assist Hispanic-Latino individuals in navigating career pathways.
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.
$1.3 million supporting minority-owned small businesses and minority and indigenous entrepreneurs
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).
$2.55 million toward health and emergency needs
Funds continue to support health care and emergency services, including hunger relief and shelter, to help communities recover from the disproportionate impact of the coronavirus. Philanthropic funding is directed to:
Hispanic-Latino community-based health organizations that are part of the UnidosUS community health affiliate network in nine markets across the U.S.;
Local nonprofits serving Native American communities’ coronavirus response including hunger relief and health care as Bank of America recently announced;
Providing vital services for people experiencing homelessness through Native American Connections and ensuring that operating support continues for the National American Indian Housing Council;
Support of the Hispanic Federation’s coronavirus response focused on family stabilization and crisis prevention.
Recent Bank of America announcements focused on racial equality, diversity and inclusion and economic opportunity include:
Supported GRID Alternatives’ SolarCorps Fellowship Program and clean energy workforce development With a $300,000 Grant
Fueled Black Innovation with Launch of the Center for Black Entrepreneurship
Announced Investments in 40 Private Funds Focused on Minority Entrepreneurs for Approximately $150 Million
Directed More Than $13 Million to Native American Communities Hardest Hit by the Coronavirus in 2020
Joined CVS Health to Fund and Deliver Free Flu Vaccine Vouchers
21 Higher Education Institutions receive $1 Million Each as Part of $25 Million Jobs Initiative
Ten Completed Equity Investments in Minority Depository Institutions and Community Development Financial Institution Banks
$2 billion Equality Progress Sustainability Bond.
Universal ESG Reporting; International Business Council of World Economic Forum.
Top Global Bank on Fortune “Change the World” List.
Increasing representation of diverse asset managers across the industry.
Expanding support of Boys & Girls Clubs of America with $1 million grant to support educational programs.
Committing $100,000 to Athena Alliance to support underrepresented women.
Partnership with iHeartMedia to bring first-of-its-kind national audio news service to the Black community.
Smithsonian announces “Race, Community and Our Shared Future” initiative, Bank of America commits $25 million.
$1 Billion, four-year commitment to support economic opportunity initiatives.
Committing $250 million in capital and $10 million in philanthropic grants to CDFIs.
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