United Way is committed to advancing equity and inclusion for all.

Every day, people throughout our region and across our country are confronted with systemic barriers based on race, gender, social class, ability, citizenship and other identities.

The history of discrimination and oppression in the United States has fostered deeply ingrained institutional bias resulting in gross racial and ethnic disparities in countless aspects of life. We recognize that these disparities are the result of a massive systemic failure, and in many cases, have been deliberately constructed to oppress specific communities. To truly create opportunity for everyone and advance the mission of United Way, we must come together to recognize these issues and work to address them.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We are committed to deconstructing systemic racism and institutional bias while promoting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a core value in every aspect of our work. We collaborate with community stakeholders, prioritize both large and small matters of injustice, and keep equity and inclusion at the center of our work while fighting for change. Click here to learn more about our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Racial Equity Fund

Our Racial Equity Fund is designed to help all people experience authentic inclusion and have equitable access to resources and opportunities. In 2022, we’ve awarded a total of $570,000 to 13 organizations working to address racial and systemic inequities in Southeastern Michigan. Click here to read more about our Racial Equity Fund and learn more about the organizations that received awards.

21-Day Equity Challenge

In 2021, we launched our first ever 21-Day Equity Challenge. Thousands of people from across Southeastern Michigan participated, taking it upon themselves to learn, grow and educate others. Together, we’re building a brighter future for our region by understanding our history and what drives inequity around us.

Our second annual 21-Day Equity Challenge is set for May 20 through June 17. Each day, participants will receive an email with information and activities that provide a deep look into different equity-related issues. Click here to sign up, and click here to read content from our first equity challenge, which took place in 2021.

Results

$570,000

awarded to 13 organizations through our Racial Equity Fund.

5,000+

participants in our first-ever 21-Day Equity Challenge in 2021.

$2.8 million

invested in the black community in 2020 with support from BET’s Saving Our Selves initiative.

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