CMF announces grant support from WKKF for statewide TRHT efforts

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) will receive $4.2 million in grant support over 5 years from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in support of a statewide Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) effort which will begin in four cities across the state.

TRHT is a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change, and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

The TRHT was initiated in January 2016 by the Kellogg Foundation with a year-long design phase and builds upon and complements the foundation’s decades-long commitment to advancing racial equity and racial healing throughout the United States.

Now in its implementation phase, CMF is one of 10 organizations throughout the country receiving support from the Kellogg Foundation to coordinate this work.

Michigan’s work will begin in four cities – Battle Creek, Flint, Kalamazoo, and Lansing – and will bring together multi-sector players in each community to collectively advance narrative change, racial healing and relationship building. Each community brings a unique intention to the work, shaped by local happenings, historic frameworks and public perceptions.

“Michigan prospers when our communities are vibrant, with great opportunities for all – this is our vision statement as an organization, and an ideal we steadfastly believe in. TRHT represents a catalytic process to move local communities towards realizing this vision,” Rob Collier, president and CEO of CMF stated.

“CMF has more than a decade of experience working to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy and brings the infrastructure necessary to support a statewide effort of this scope, but we recognize we are not the place-based experts. That’s where the intention behind the TRHT process is so critical; this is a community-driven process that will deeply engage a number of partners, including several CMF members, at a local level in each of the initial cities,” Elizabeth Whittaker-Walker, director of policy and practice for CMF added.

“If our country aspires to be a place where all children can thrive, where equal value of all human beings is the foundation for our society, then we must jettison racial hierarchy and replace it with the capacity to see ourselves in one another and transform the structural and systematic manifestations of this devastating belief,” Dr. Gail Christopher, WKKF’s senior advisor and vice president for TRHT said. “The TRHT is a community-driven vehicle for transforming the country and we are pleased that the Council of Michigan Foundations has committed to do this work.”

Information on specific efforts and partners will be released as they develop.

The TRHT framework and Implementation Guidebook is available for download here:

Learn more about TRHT.


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