2020 Foley Hoag Foundation Racial Justice Grant Awards

The Trustees of the Foley Hoag Foundation are pleased to announce the awarding of grants totaling $290,000 to a record 44 organizations during the summer of 2020 as part of the Foundation’s special racial justice grant round. This round represents the highest grant award total and highest number of grantees in a single grant round in the Foundation’s 40-year history, and made possible through a generous gift from Foley Hoag in support of racial justice - a gift supplemented by additional donations made by many individuals at the firm.

The special racial justice grant round also marks the first time the Foundation has awarded grants in all three cities where Foley Hoag has U.S. offices: Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.

The Foundation received more than 100 responses to a solicitation announcing the availability of these funds. Following a vetting process conducted by many Foley Hoag attorneys, we are proud that, while we could not support all of the proposals, we were able to award grants to all applicants deemed by the reviewing team to be a high priority.

Each of the organizations listed below is working to improve racial justice in our communities through use of the arts, community engagement and advocacy, criminal justice reform, education, increasing access to basic needs, job readiness training, or youth development programs.


  • 3PointFoundation, Inc. - to run a virtual summer camp that provides students the opportunity to interrogate the presence and perpetuation of racial inequities and how discrimination and power dynamics foster that inequity, and subsequently work on a project to address community issues that reflect a change in power relations.
  • 365Dad Inc. - for two programs: (1) Solution-Focused Black Film Series and Panel Discussions, which increases dialogue on issues of racial inequalities through film; and (2) Speak Up and Speak Out: Fathers against Inequality Podcast, which educates fathers on podcast production via a paid internship.
  • All Dorchester Sports and Leadership - for a summer drop-in program at a local park that will provide a safe, supervised space for children in the neighborhood with nowhere else to go.
  • Art Resource Collaborative for Kids - for the Building Bridges program, which encourages students to become agents of change in their communities through arts education.
  • Arts Connect International - to create a cultural equity learning community online course, which aims to train leaders that are committed to building racial equity and justice in the arts.
  • Asian Women for Health, Inc. - for the MozilizAsians project, which creates forums and virtual events to reflect and respond to the Black Lives Matter Movement following the murder of George Floyd.
  • Black Economic Justice Institute - to address racial inequality in Boston by conducting a summer civic engagement outreach campaign to increase voter registration, provide voter education, conduct census follow-up, hand out masks, and educate on COVID-19 updates within the communities of Roxbury, Mattapan, Dorchester, Roslindale and East Boston.
  • The City School - to support a virtual Summer Leadership Program focused on bringing young people from across Boston together to develop leadership skills, take action alongside local organizations, and build community across difference.
  • City Strings, Inc. - to expand enrollment in Boston-based music program that provides weekly cello lessons and performance opportunities to students of color in Dorchester/Roxbury.
  • The Commonwealth Seminar - for civic engagement and voter advocacy programming in marginalized communities.
  • Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc. - for the Mediator Diversity Initiative, which would provide 6 scholarships to CDSC’s mediation training and practicum to Black and Brown mediators.
  • Dunamis, Inc. - to support an organization founded by and serving professional artists of color, focused on professional leadership training to advance their artists’ careers.
  • Elevated Thought - to support youth-led art galleries that highlight the work of BIPOC youth and encourage necessary conversations about the intersections of race, queerness, and gender in our community.
  • The Front Porch Arts Collective - the most recognized Black theatre company in Boston, to subsidize anti-racism consultation provided to Greater Boston arts and culture organizations.
  • Girls’ LEAP - to expand the Teen Mentor Program, which provides early professional experience and empowers young women of color.
  • He is Me Institute - to support programming that provides mentoring by undergraduate men of color to middle school boys of color, bringing Black men into classrooms to give Black boys an opportunity to learn and be inspired by Black male teachers.
  • Higher Ground Boston - to provide stipends for up to 20 parents from the Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan communities to engage in monthly meetings/consultations designed to help them become involved in critical decisions affecting their children’s education, particularly decisions related to budgeting.
  • John P. Holland Community Council - to support “Empowering Kultural EnGagement,” a youth-development and engagement program that will reveal the roots of systemic racism and provide allies with information through inclusive conversations on how to address stereotypes.
  • Massachusetts Voter Table - to support a consortium of organizations that focus on training local activists to do neighborhood education that increases voter turnout and educates the public about democracy.
  • Medicine Wheel Productions, Inc. - to fund digital story telling for 40 diverse youth working remotely this summer to advance their own individual story, understand how it fits into a larger social context, and identify what action steps they can take.
  • Mission Hill Health Movement - to create “What I Want my Doctor to Know” video featuring BIPOC and anti-racism programming.
  • MusiConnects - to support youth development program that uses chamber music as a vehicle for social change, hoping to make music both culturally and financially available to all.
  • New Beginnings Reentry Services - to support the placement of 15 women who are being released from incarceration into a transitional living facility opening Fall 2020.
  • On with Living and Learning - to fund A Place to Live: A Dance of Negotiation, a play focused on homelessness as it relates to injustices suffered by women and girls in communities of color.
  • OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center - to support the annual production of “Our Story,” a compilation of poetry dance, music, and theatrical sketches that trace the history of African Americans beginning in Africa (pre-slavery) through the Middle Passage, Civil Rights Movement and current affairs.
  • Powerful Pathways - to implement a citywide community racial dialogues initiative featuring a series of public art/public space activities to facilitate discussions on racial justice across Boston and highlight innovative interventions that disrupt urban and civic challenges.
  • South Boston En Accion, Inc. - for the Leadership Academy Program, which provides different groups of Latino residents in South Boston with programming and a general support system.
  • Stages of Freedom - to expand the reach of its “Connected” e-newsletter, which targets Black and African-American communities, providing culturally relevant information on a range of topics, from how to use grocery delivery/pickup services, to managing mental health, to structural racism and the disparate impact of COVID-19.
  • StageSource - to engage experts to collaborate on a year-long conference for organizations and individuals to improve systemic issues in Boston theatre.
  • Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts - to hire a staff member to implement the Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network, designed to promote and market businesses in the greater Boston area owned by Black and Brown business owners.
  • Violence in Boston, Inc. - for the Social Impact Center, which will prevent and reduce the impact of violence by addressing immediate and basic needs of disenfranchised Boston residents, such as housing, food, clothing, and public safety and by enabling community members to advocate with elected officials.
  • Youth Justice and Power Union - to support youth organized and led campaigns to fund youth jobs, defund the police, and reallocate funds into communities of color based on community-led budgeting.

New York City

  • Justice Committee - to support its mission to end police violence and systemic racism in the city, through organized leadership of mothers and family members victimized by police violation, “Know Your Rights” trainings, participating in police monitoring programs, and working with community members to develop safety mechanism to reduce reliance on law enforcement.
  • Last Mile #NYCPPE - to support data collection efforts tracking the impact of COVID-19 in Black and POC communities and create PPE designed specifically for POC.
  • NRCAT U.S. Prisons Program - in general operating support for the Race & Justice series, which raises awareness to end the torture of solitary confinement, which disproportionately impacts black adults and youth.
  • Release Aging People in Prison/RAPP Campaign - to support advocacy efforts focused on developing community support for state-level legislation reversing the effects of racially-inequitable sentencing through compassionate release.
  • Young Urban Christians & Artists - for a community mural project in the Bronx that will involve 15-18 youth working under the supervision of a lead artist and express the concept: “no life matters so long as one is deemed less than another.”

Washington, D.C.

  • Current Movements - for its “Feed the Reel” program, which will provide guidance to aspiring creators of social justice themed films from marginalized communities through contact with more established filmmakers in this genre. 
  • DC Strings Workshop - to provide classical music at low or no cost, highlighting the contributions of women and people of color and providing opportunities for local artists who have not had equal access to performance opportunities.
  • Fihankra Akoma Ntoaso - to kick off a “We Matter” campaign, which will teach youth participants and young adults how to self-advocate by engaging in sessions that addresses the current climate of today.
  • Greenmount West Community Center Foundation - to support direct community services and programming, including youth programming, food distribution, “power press” and partnerships with Baltimore Economic Advancement Movement and Baltimore Museum of Art.
  • Mikva Challenge DC. - to support its virtual summer fellowships that connect young people, public school teachers, community activists, and elected officials around core issues of equity and racial justice.
  • The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens - for COVID-19 care packages and to cover expenses related to community organizing and protests regarding police brutality.
  • Serve Your City - to continue to print and distribute public health campaign material, purchase mutual aid supplies including masks, food, and cleaning materials, and support on the ground organizing through funding volunteer training and engagement in underserved communities.