February 17, 2023

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Breaking Down Barriers
Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, we are taking this opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work of our community partners. In all, our partners through their respective programs are serving communities composed of at least 50% Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Many of our partner organizations are either founded and/or being led by Black leaders. These passionate and resilient leaders continue to break down social and economic barriers and increase access to health and wellness for those in need. We are proud to be considered one of their partners. Here is a short list of partner organizations either founded or being led by Black Americans and immigrants. We encourage you to learn more about each of these organizations.

More Partner News

“After 40 years in prison, I didn’t even know how to…”
The work of CEO highlighted by those it serves

The local office for the Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), one of our Mission Support partners, released several narratives by formerly incarcerated individuals it has served which appeared recently as opinion pieces in the San Diego Union Tribune. Reading about their experiences and the training they received through CEO provided us with insight on the challenges individuals face in building a new life outside of jail or prison, and the critically important support that CEO and other nonprofits provide daily. We are continually reminded and appreciate how integral our nonprofit sector is to the health and wellness of the community.

In case you missed the stories, here for your convenience are links to the recent narratives.


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Nex Cubed Team, Photo: TechCrunch

Recognizing the talent at HBCUs
Nex Cubed Launches $40M Fund

Our 2022 i2 Innovation Partner Nex Cubed continues to support innovation that has historically gone overlooked, especially the solutions that are coming from those affiliated with historically black colleges or universities (HBCUs). Already serving 70 HBCUs through a pre-accelerator program, Nex Cubed has recently announced a new $40 million fund, designed as an accelerator, that seeks to foster and invest in startups where at least one founder is an HBCU student, alumni or faculty member.

Unrestricted Gifts are Transformational
San Diego Foundation receives $100M bequest

We know through our own multi-year, unrestricted core-operating Mission Support grants that the recipient partner greatly values the flexibility that an unrestricted donation provides. They are able to apply the funding to the operations and/or services where resources are needed most. This month, San Diego Foundation announced receiving an “historic, transformative, unrestricted $100 million cash gift” from the late Jay Kahn, a San Diego entrepreneur. This gift is recognized as the largest ever gift of its kind to a nonprofit in San Diego history. As the Foundation learns more about the history and interests of Jay Kahn in support of aligning the distribution of his generous gift throughout San Diego, we expect many in our community will benefit. Thank you, Jay Kahn and San Diego Foundation!

Emergency Aid for Those in Need
Leichtag Foundation’s list of Orgs assisting Turkey and Syria

If you would like to send funds to help survivors devastated by the recent earthquakes in southeast Turkey and northern Syria, but not sure who is providing aid, our partners at Leichtag Foundation along with Impact Cubed have done the research for you. Click here for the list of humanitarian aid organizations that they have vetted and funded.

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