Social Justice and Racial Equity Grants
Duke Energy announced the recipients of more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations committed to social justice and racial equity. In NC, the company provided $200,000 to 12 nonprofits that focus on criminal justice reform, reducing disparities and social justice and racial equity training. These recipients were chosen based on recommendations from Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas employees, including the company’s Advocates for African Americans employee resource group, as well as other diversity and inclusion councils.
Read the full announcement here, and check out below which NC nonprofits were chosen.
100 Black Men of the Triangle East (Coastal Carolina) Through programs focusing on health and wellness, economic empowerment, mentoring and education, they work to improve the quality of life for African Americans, in particular, young males. This group focuses on issues that disproportionately affect African Americans.
Restorative Justice CLT Based on the core belief that healing and restoration must occur to redress the injustice done to Black Charlotte teens, Restorative Justice CLT seeks to enact transparent, accountable and sustainable projects to redress the history of discriminatory practices and policies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
Center for Racial Equity in Education Through research, coalition building and technical assistance, the Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) works to close opportunity gaps for all children in P-20 education, especially children of color, with the vision that one day race will no longer be a predictor of educational outcomes.
Black Youth Project The Black Youth Project mobilizes through building a network focused on transformative leadership and development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education. They work from the principles of decision-making, radical inclusivity to end systems of anti-Blackness and emphasize the urgency of protecting folks living on the margins.
Cops and Barbers, Inc. Cops and Barbers was created in the wake of the Mike Brown shooting by a barber and a police enforcement officer as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the police and the community they serve, since the barbershop is a trusted cornerstone of the community. The initiative establishes meaningful relationships and facilitates much needed dialogue for sustainable community growth.
Emancipate NC (Carolina Justice Policy Center) Emancipate NC is dedicated to shifting the narrative on racialized mass incarceration through community education and mobilization. They work to establish a more just North Carolina, where all are free.
Exodus Foundation Through mentorship and services, the foundation creates a more sane, humane and safe world where color and class discrimination cease to contaminate justice and its resources. Their goal is to challenge the concept of punishment as the answer to criminal activity, and instead leverage atonement reconciliation, restorative justice and mental health treatment.
NC Community Bail Fund This fund provides low-cost bail for people who could otherwise not afford it, helps return clients to their homes, jobs and communities, in turn giving them a more equitable case procedure. Upon court appearance or case resolution, the bail is returned to the fund to help others in need.
NC Community Action Association Equip citizens with the tools and potential for becoming self-sufficient. Programming to address the root effects of North Carolina poverty and to, ultimately, move families and individuals to self-sufficiency.
Mecklenburg Council of Elders The council creates a sense of safety, trust and justice by providing programs and education awareness that will serve as an alternative to the arrest of youth and young adults ages 13-35. The aim is to implement community services with goals and objectives toward prevention, intervention and post-incarceration.
Men and Women United for Youth and Families By promoting education, resource awareness and to providing services, this group assists in creating independent and self-sufficient youth and families. Their programs assist, enrich and enlighten each family member with valuable resources and educational opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives.
Heal Charlotte Heal Charlotte exists to serve the Charlotte community, to build trust and legitimate bonds and unite our community by creating an open dialogue between the citizens, police and elected officials.