Louisville, Ky. (November 1, 2021) – Metro United Way (MUW) is announcing 19 funded partners for a program empowering those affected by racial inequities, by making historic investments in Black-led social change organizations. The Black L.O.V.E. Philanthropic Partnership (BLPP) is part of MUW’s move towards a trust-based philanthropy model, shifting the power back to communities, investing in grass-roots leadership capacity-building and addressing the inherent power imbalances in grantmaking. Funded partners were determined based on specific criteria for eligibility, including field engagement, strategy, mission and program evaluation.
MUW’s shift to a more equitable process is being accomplished by introducing multi-year, unrestricted funding, investing in the voices, needs and desires of the local community and ultimately equipping organizations with the power and capital to generate lasting change in the Greater Louisville region.
“We know that Black leaders have always been proactive, influential members of our community, leading innovative movements that advance the aspirations to live, own, vote and excel,” said Daryle Unseld, Chief Equity Officer at Metro United Way. “This historic investment marks an opportunity to not only recognize these leaders, but build their capacities and create transformational change in our community. I want to thank the many community stakeholders that stepped up to make this happen – from those that helped shape BLPP through the advisory committee to our MUW board that has backed this initiative from the start.”
BLPP priorities are as follows:
Live: Access to affordable and healthy food, equitable justice, safe and efficient transportation, health and human services, parks and green spaces.
Own: Affordable, safe housing and home ownership, public safety, economic development.
Vote: Increase of Black voter registration and turnout.
Excel: Equitable access to quality education, living wages, job training and strong neighborhoods.
Funded partners across MUW’s seven-county region will receive a total of $1 million over a two-year period. Based on the priorities outlined by Black L.O.V.E., the volunteer-led committee selected the following organizations (10 are brand new partners to MUW):