The Racial Equity Fund of The Dallas Foundation seeks to address the systematic and persistent gaps in outcomes in Dallas for Black & Hispanic residents, which start before birth and are seen at nearly every step of life.
Grant investments will center on data-informed areas, including housing/infrastructure, economic, education, criminal justice/government, and health, where disparate outcomes for our Black and Hispanic neighbors are well-documented, and will be informed by a diverse fund advisory committee reflective of the Dallas community.
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Outcome disparities for Black & Hispanic residents persist across nearly every facet of life.
Black and Hispanic mothers receive prenatal care at only 2/3rds of the rate of white mothers. Source: Texas Department of State Health Services, Center for Health Statistics, 2019
Redlining designated Black and Hispanic neighborhoods as risky for mortgages. The median property value for Black and Hispanic families in Dallas is 3.4 times lower than for White homeowners. Source: Racial Wealth Divide in Dallas, 2018
Black and Hispanic workers earn substantially less (33%) than their White counterparts at every level of educational attainment. Source: Advancing Workforce Equity in Dallas and Collin Counties, 2021
Within Dallas County, the life expectancy across zip codes can range by nearly 20 years, with life expectancy ranging from 65.9 years (Fair Park) to 83 years (Highland Park). Source: Life Expectancy at Birth in Communities Across Texas: 2005-2014
The Dallas Foundation’s Racial Equity Fund aims to use the collective influence and resources of the Foundation along with those of our donors and partners to advance equity for Dallas’ BIPOC residents by strategically and purposefully directing philanthropic dollars to support organizations that combat systemic inequities.
This work directly aligns with the Foundation’s strategic priorities to ensure a strong and healthy start in life and to advance equity and inclusion, both of which are critical to helping Dallas reach its full potential.
The Dallas Foundation invites like-minded, impact oriented donors to join us in building a multi-million dollar collaborative effort to create meaningful and lasting change in Dallas.
Contact a member of our Philanthropic Partnerships Team, to discuss your investment in the Racial Equity Fund.
For questions about grantmaking from the Fund, please contact Drexell Owusu, Chief Impact Officer.