Press Contact:
Molly Tafoya, Director of Communications, The Greenlining Institute, molly.tafoya@greenlining.org, 808-256-7064 (c)

(Oakland, CA)–The Greenlining Institute expresses our profound gratitude for the generous gift from MacKenzie Scott. This significant investment will be transformational in supporting Greenlining’s long-term efforts to build a world where communities of color can build wealth, live in healthy places filled with economic opportunity, and are ready to meet the challenges posed by climate change. These resources will allow us to stabilize the organization for the near term, and lay a strong foundation to expand and accelerate Greenlining’s impact as articulated through our recently adopted strategic plan.

“We are honored to be selected among so many dedicated and deserving organizations. We applaud the efforts to prioritize frontline communities most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice organizations that are tackling the root causes of economic disparities,” says Greenlining President & CEO, Debra Gore-Mann. “At a time when communities of color are suffering most, we feel an immense responsibility to take intentional, decisive, and immediate action to confront systemic racism at its root. And that massive undertaking requires sustainable resources and investment. This gift invests in Greenlining’s bold, creative, and ambitious vision as we confront the systems that perpetuate inequity.”

As we reflect upon the vast underinvestment in our social infrastructure, we commend MacKenzie Scott’s commitment to redistributing her wealth to communities that have been most undervalued and disenfranchised in our economic system. We recognize MacKenzie Scott for modeling a shift in philanthropy by quickly deploying unrestricted resources and trusting us to focus on the work that we have honed over decades working on issues of economic and climate equity. We look forward to working hand-in-hand with our diverse partners to continue to drive solutions that ensure that race is never a barrier to opportunity.