"We must remain vigilant on our journey towards progress."
So said Dr. Bob Ross, president and CEO of the California Endowment, as he announced a $1 million donation to the Inland Empire Community Foundation's Black Equity Fund to help close racial equity gaps in education, health, employment, and housing in California's Inland Empire.
The fund, launched in 2020, has raised $6 million since its inception, Black PR Wire reports.
"I'm thrilled to witness the outpouring of support and enthusiasm for the IE Black Equity Fund," says Pastor Sam Casey, co-founder of the Black Equity Initiative of the Inland Empire.
"Remarkably, we exceeded our original $5 million goal."
The IE Black Equity Fund was created by the Black Equity Initiative of the Inland Empire, a coalition of nonprofit leaders "whose work is focused on ending systemic racism and building political and economic power for the Black community," per a press release.
Since its inception in 1941, the fund has awarded $1.7 million to 71 organizations and fiscally-sponsored projects, per Black PR Wire.
Since its launch, the fund has helped close equity gaps in education, health, employment, and housing in the region, which includes parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
"We are so appreciative of those who gave generously to support
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