Point32Health Foundation announced grants totaling $1 million to advance social and racial equity. The funds will support nonprofit organizations that include diverse voices and perspectives, eliminate systemic barriers, and advocate for stronger communities. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Tufts Health Plan Foundation, which combined to become Point32Health Foundation, have committed more than $5.5 million to support racial equity since 2020.
“We are honored to support the important work these non-profits are doing in promoting equity and making transformative societal changes,” said Cain Hayes, president and CEO of Point32Health and a member of the Point32Health Foundation board of directors. “They are addressing persistent inequities that affect almost every issue in society and we know these grants will have a positive impact in communities throughout the region.”
The grants will support 16 nonprofit organizations, two in Connecticut, three each in Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, and four in Massachusetts. Organizations will have flexibility in how the resources are used and are not tied to a specific project or initiative.
About the organizations:
- Black Infinity Collective (formerly known as CT Core-Organize Now!), a freedom fighting, movement-building organization dedicated to healing and liberation for all Black people. $50,000
- Health Equity Solutions, promotes policies and practices for equitable health care access, delivery and outcomes for all people in Connecticut. $75,000
- Maine Equal Justice, civil legal aid and economic justice organization increasing economic security, opportunity, and equity for people in Maine. $25,000
- Maine Initiatives, connects and engages people around racial, social, economic, and environmental justice in Maine. $75,000
- Resources for Organizing & Social Change (ROSC), builds and supports a movement for nonviolent social change that will educate, activate, and empower people in Maine through grassroots community organizing. $25,000
- Four equity funds at The Boston Foundation each will receive $125,000.
- The Asian Community Fund, the Equality Fund, the Latino Equity Fund and the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund are led by and support priorities identified with the communities served.
New Hampshire ($125,000)
- New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, to help seed newly established Racial Justice Fund, a community-advised fund to advance racial justice in New Hampshire. $75,000
- YWCA New Hampshire, eliminates racism, empowers women, and promotes peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. $25,000
- Victory Women of Vision, encourages, empowers, and nurtures immigrant and refugee families to thrive by embracing their cultural heritage as they build their new lives. $25,000.
Rhode Island ($125,000)
- AMOR Coalition, an alliance of community-based grassroots organizations mobilizing at the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and immigration status to prevent, respond to and end state violence against our community. $25,000
- Center for Southeast Asians, promotes the prosperity, heritage and leadership of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island. $25,000
- SISTA Fire, co-creates a network of women and non-binary people of color to build our collective power for social, economic, and political transformation. $75,000
To engage its own community of colleagues, the Foundation also has expanded Point32Health’s employee match program. A new two-for-one match aims to incentivize colleagues to support nonprofits that advance social and racial justice as well as eliminate systemic barriers. This new double match is available year-round.
“This moment in time requires a stronger commitment, one that acknowledges shared wisdom and lived experience, one that supports organizations with demonstrated community leadership,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Point32Health Foundation and vice president of Corporate Citizenship.” These are steps in the right direction, and still we must do more.”