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The Road to Thriving Black Communities

Thursday, January 28, 2021
11:00am - 12:00pm PST
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As the pandemic began to rage last March, the federal government responded to the sudden and steep economic devastation by passing the CARES ACT, which provided a Paycheck Protection Program to businesses and nonprofit organizations financially impacted by COVID-19. However, economic "relief" did not reach Black-owned businesses and Black-led nonprofits in Southern California.

Much has been said about the "road to recovery" as Los Angeles, and its surrounding counties continue to grapple with the convergence of a crippling health and economic crisis. However, recovery without equity will only prolong the region's pain.

Join the Black Equity Collective — a Southern California Grantmakers project — as they present findings from their newly released report, The Road to Thriving Black Communities. This report examines how Black-led nonprofits fared from the CARES ACT and offers recommendations on how future economic recovery efforts must no longer be race-neutral. The report, co-authored by the University of Southern California's Dr. Ange- Marie Hancock-Alfaro and UCLA's Black Policy Project, is the first commissioned by the Black Equity Collective, which formally launches later this month.

The Black Equity Collective's mission is to join funders and communities as partners in strengthening the long-term sustainability of Black-led and Black-empowering organizations in Southern California. It is the only philanthropic network in California with Black equity as its central, unifying force.



  • Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, LA City Council District 8
  • Issac Bryan, Executive Director, UCLA Black Policy Project
  • Kaci Patterson, Founder, and Chief Architect, Black Equity Collective



  • Dr. Ange-Marie Hancock-Alfaro, USC


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