MLSE FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH FOUNDATION FOR BLACK COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT GROWTH OF BLACK COMMUNITIES THROUGH SPORT
MLSE Foundation announced today a philanthropic investment of one million dollars (CAD) to the Foundation for Black Communities to support the growth of Black-led,Black-serving and Black-focused organizations across Ontario. This multi-year investment will prioritize and increase resources within Black communities and focus on addressing holistic wellness of the community through the power of sport.
“We are honoured to partner with the Foundation for Black Communities to support the holistic wellness ofBlack Canadian youth in Ontario, through sport. It is time to level the playing field and disrupt the Canadian philanthropic sector. We urge all Canadian philanthropic organizations to join us in collaboratively changing the game.”
Tanya Mruck, Executive Director, MLSE Foundation
Founded in 2020 following the release of the Unfunded Report, the Foundation for Black Communities is a Black community-led and Black-governed organization focused on prioritizing and fulfilling the specific needs of Black communities. MLSE Foundation joins the Laidlaw Foundation and the Inspirit Foundation in leading Canadian philanthropy by contributing towards the Foundation for Black Communities' initial endowment fund.
“This incredible partnership with MLSE Foundation is exciting for two reasons: first, it means the Foundation for Black Communities will be able to take meaningful action to disrupt the social isolation and loneliness, stemming from prolonged physical distancing, which have diminished the mental, social and physical well-being of Black youth across our communities, secondly, it challenges the old way of doing things and sets the stage for a new framework of community investment rooted in partnership and power-sharing.”
Liban Abokor, Working Group Member for the Foundation for Black Communities.
MLSE Foundation’s partnership with the Foundation for Black Communities will allocate funds to identify and support Black-led, Black-serving andBlack-focused grassroots organizations that provide hyper-local and hyper-focused programming to Black youth. The partnership will also support the Foundation for Black Communities achieve and ensure long-term sustainable outcomes for Black youth across communities.
By strengthening an organization’s ability to fulfill its mission over time, the funding will enhance their ability to have a positive and holistic impact on Black communities through sport. With granting beginning in Fall 2021, the Foundation for Black Communities’ composition will enable the organization to grant to Black organizations who would not be considered a Qualified Donee under CRA regulations without their own Charitable Registration Number. Both, MLSE Foundation and the Foundation for Black Communities, believe this will be pivotal in identifying and supporting grassroots organizations that provide hyper-local and hyper-focused programming to Black youth and will ultimately help ensure Black communities within Ontario have the investment and resources they need to grow.
About Foundation for Black Communities:
Foundation for Black Communities exists to ensure every Black person in Canada can thrive and all Black communities have agency in defining their own future. We will invest in change making, working with Canadian philanthropic, political and business partners to ensure that Black-led and Black-serving organizations have the sustained resources they need to make a meaningful impact. The Foundation for Black Communities is being stewarded by a working group of Black professionals within the non-profit, charitable, philanthropic and community development sectors. The working group is supported by a growing network of Black and ally leaders from across Canada. Visit forblackcommunities.org for more information and follow @Fdnblkcomm on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Nikk Kadbet, MLSE, Nikk.Kadbet@mlse.com
JosephSmith, Foundation for Black Communities, firstname.lastname@example.org
Liban Abokor,Foundation for Black Communities, email@example.com