Our mission is to support the development of powerful social change movements to eliminate structural racism and create a racially just society.
To help build a social movement, the Akonadi Foundation is:
Making racial justice an explicit and direct focus. Organizations and foundations need to deepen their collective understanding of structural racism and develop a more strategic collective approach to racial justice. We need shared and precise language to describe structural racism and challenge societal reluctance to talk directly about race.
Providing long-term investments in organizations that are developing or advancing an analysis of structural racism and that are committed to pro-active racial justice action. Movements are built in stages, as are the organizations involved in movement building. Organizations range from those just beginning to work towards racial justice to those with a long track record of racial justice accomplishments. Organizations need foundations to partner with them over the long term so they can develop their thinking and action on racial justice.
Encouraging local innovation and success. Movements are anchored by local stories — the Birmingham bus boycott, the Stonewall rebellion, the Delano grape strike, the Soweto uprisings — that capture popular imagination and demonstrate impact. Helping people come together to share how they think, talk, and strategize about racial justice. Today, the field of racial justice is made up of groups with many ideologies, strategies, and issues – groups that may not even see themselves as part of a cohesive movement. These organizations are often seeking a clear unifying vision, yet funders often separate them into issue silos.
Supporting the interconnected strategies of building power, shaping policy, and transforming culture. Social movements thrive on the strength and synergy of community organizing, policy advocacy, and creative expression and engagement. No movement can flourish without all three.
Nurturing cross-generational leadership. Young people are vital to the burgeoning racial justice movement, often bringing an explicit and intersectional race analysis to their work. Youth organizing and cross-generational organizing are critical components to both movement-building and racial justice organizing.