The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Atatiana Jefferson, and Rayshard Brooks have shined a spotlight on the systemic racism in the United States that permeates every aspect of American life.
Black lives matter. Pivotal Ventures, a company dedicated to social progress in the United States, stands in solidarity with the people and organizations advancing racial equity. We are proud to support a diverse group of partners on the front lines of justice and equality, with the understanding that racial equity is fundamental to progress on all the issues we focus on. That is why we have integrated a racial equity lens across our programmatic work.
Supporting partners for long-term impact
As part of our efforts to expand the power and influence of women in the United States—including women of color—we work with partners that are breaking down the barriers that hold women back and increasing the representation of women in key sectors. We support organizations such as the Collective Future Fund
, which empowers women of color advocating for a future free from sexual harassment and violence, and Grantmakers for Girls of Color
, which offers resources for philanthropic organizations looking to expand opportunities for Black girls and girls of color. We also support organizations like the National Domestic Workers Alliance
, which advocates for the rights and well-being of domestic workers, who are disproportionately Black and Latinx women.
To increase the representation of women of color in key sectors, such as technology and public office, we partner with organizations including: digitalundivided
, which provides training and resources for Black and Latinx women entrepreneurs; Code2040
, which works to break down barriers in tech for Black and Latinx people and build a tech community for racial equity; and The League
, a social impact collective that is raising awareness of the documentary, And She Could Be Next
, which tells the story of women of color running for public office in the 2018 elections.
Additionally, as part of our work to strengthen the mental health of young people, we support organizations like the AAKOMA Project
, which focuses on addressing the needs of young people of color, including the impacts of institutionalized racism and discrimination.
Continuing the journey to social progress
We know that, as an organization, we must do more. As part of our deliberate journey to listen, learn, and act on equity and inclusion, Pivotal Ventures will continue to develop a dedicated racial equity investment strategy—focused on expanding power and influence for women of color—in addition to including racial equity across our portfolio of work.
It is precisely in the moments when a more equal America feels far away that we must come together to insist on a better, more inclusive future. We have all been called to action, and we join our partners in answering that call.
Photo courtesy of digitalundivided