Shifting the Process of Grantmaking

As the Racial Justice Cohort begins its work, we take a look at why it is important to support the process and progress of this initiative. The Community Foundation of Louisville has commissioned former Courier-Journal columnist and editorial writer Betty Winston Bayé to provide a series of narratives on the Racial Justice Cohort, as well as those organizations that applied for the grants but were not selected, yet are still doing meaningful work in the community. Ms. Bayé interviewed participants to write these narratives from her unique perspective. We will also feature a perspective from Foundation President & CEO, Ron Gallo as we near year end.

We acknowledge the success and impact of the Health Equity Fund cohort ultimately led to the creation of the Fund for Louisville Racial Justice Cohort. The Community Foundation and its charitable partners provided renewable grants to the 12 Black-led social change organizations which will work together as a cohort over the next three years. The grantees were chosen by Black community members and allies who advised the Community Foundation on creating the grant and selection process.

We hope you enjoy this series of narratives and gain a new outlook on the process of grantmaking and collaboration.