Increasing Opportunities for Minority Youth

The Charlotte Martin Foundation recognizes the critical need to increase our investments in opportunities that fundamentally change and increase access for minority youth to create a future where they can fully reach their potential. The Foundation will focus its investments on organizations that increase opportunities for minority youth with an emphasis on supporting organizations that value diversity, as represented by diverse leadership and staff.

The well-documented achievement gaps in children are now better understood as opportunity gaps, fueled in part by the increasing poverty rates and unequal access to educational resources. Whether as a result of race, ethnicity, class, gender, ability, or any other forms of bias or oppression, many youth have been marginalized by a lack of opportunity. With this new emphasis on increasing racial equity and diversity to close the opportunity gap, funding will be provided for minority-serving youth programs for ages 6-18 that:

  • Increase access to and the creation of diverse cultural experiences.
  • Improve school-based and out-of-school learning opportunities in areas such as science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) and other areas
  • Increase early college awareness and access to post-secondary education.
  • Increase access to sports and diversify sports programs

We are especially interested in culturally-responsive, student-directed learning experiences that are supported through mentoring.

The Foundation especially recognizes the important role that minority-led nonprofits have in serving youth in their communities and want to support these organizations and others that offer innovative and proven ways to develop children’s skills in education, creative and cultural expression and athletics.

We also acknowledge that there is also a gap in fundraising for nonprofit organizations that are led by people of color. Historically, nonprofit organizations that are led by people of color and serving people of color have been funded at slightly lower rates than other organizations.

Please see these resources:

Race for Results

Achievement Gap

Afterschool Programs in STEM

Investing in a Diverse Democracy