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Racial Equity

Elevating diverse perspectives, championing inclusive programs and advancing equitable outcomes.

United Way of Central Carolinas fights for the education, health and financial stability of every person in our community. Our efforts are inseparable from a fight for racial equity. We must raise our voices, educate ourselves and do what is necessary to dismantle systemic racism.

Our Vision

We acknowledge that structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities in outcomes, which United Way of Central Carolinas seeks to dismantle. We commit to leveraging our resources to create communities that are more equitable where everyone is able to achieve their full potential and thrive.

Equity Defined

Equity is the state, quality or ideal of being just, impartial and fair. Equity is achieved when systemic, institutional and historical barriers based on race are dismantled and race no longer predicts socioeconomic, educational and health outcomes.

Our Commitment

United Way of Central Carolinas works to create lasting change for those most in need through strategic community philanthropy. Our mission compels us to work on improving the lives of historically and systemically excluded or marginalized people. To do this, we must understand and incorporate racial equity in all that we do. We recognize that the social construct of race is the root cause of the systemic inequalities that oppress people of color.


To advance all of these goals, we must have courageous conversations and hold one another accountable for continuous progress.

Therefore, we must work consistently and intentionally to dismantle those systems through a racial equity lens by:

  • Recruiting, hiring, retaining, and developing the talent of employees who reflect the diversity of our population

  • Establishing a more diverse and inclusive Board of Directors

  • Being intentional not to reinforce negative stereotypes through imagery and storytelling

  • Analyzing data and information about race and ethnicity so that we might identify disparities that exist within our organization and within the community

  • Looking at problems and their root causes from a structural standpoint and naming race explicitly when talking about problems and solutions

OUR PROGRAMS

Unite Charlotte

Founded in 2016, Unite Charlotte provides funding and capacity-building training to grassroots organizations—predominantly founded and led by people of color—that are advancing racial equity and addressing economic mobility. Unite Charlotte aims to address the structural racism that exists within the nonprofit sector and broader community.

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United Neighborhoods

Launched in 2017, United Neighborhoods provides multi-year support to community quarterback organizations to assist resident-driven neighborhood revitalization efforts that improve economic mobility. United Neighborhoods aims to change the odds for people living in Charlotte’s most disinvested neighborhoods.

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How to Get Involved

Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge

  The Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and community. The free, self-guided activity takes participants on a virtual 21-day journey of learning that aims to build understanding, strengthen partnerships and help launch a lifelong commitment to improving equity and dismantling systemic racism in our community.
 

Racial Equity Nonprofit Board Training

  The Racial Equity Nonprofit Board Training is a three-part workshop hosted by United Way and facilitated by Race Matters for Juvenile Justice and Stevenson Wallace, LLC to encourage nonprofit leaders to learn, inspire conversation and fuel change in the racial equity space by making their nonprofits more equitable.
 

Resources

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Access Materials

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  • Disrupt racism. Have a conversation. People are much more likely to listen to someone they have a relationship with. DoSomething.org provides clear guides to help you have anti-racist conversations with friends and family.
  • Change how you consume media. Do a media audit of what you read, listen to and watch. Are you getting your news from only one source? Do you listen to any podcasts hosted by people of color, or read news sites from a perspective other than your own? Purposely add in a few different sources. Here are some ideas.
  • Read different history books. A few examples: A People’s History of the United States, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People, An African American and Latinx History of the United States.
  • Donate to United Way of Central Carolinas to support our racial equity work. Click here.
  • Talk with your kids about racism. Here are some resources for kids and adults to read, listen to and watch. Watch this TED Talk about ending silence around race with children.
  • Use this list of resources from Racial Equity Tools or Foundation for the Carolinas to help you continue to learn more about racial inequities and what you can do.
  • Consider getting involved in local advocacy. You can create change in a more impactful way than you might think, just by attending meetings of your city council, local school board, a neighborhood council or by writing/calling your local legislators.
  • Continue to seek out information and different perspectives. Here are some additional videos from Race Forward you can watch and share.
  • Read the guide Speak Up, compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center, outlining ways you can respond to everyday bigotry in a variety of situations.

On the Blog

Capacity-Building 101: Shaping Nonprofits into Forces for Good

February 17, 2021

United Way of Central Carolinas is committed to giving organizations across the Charlotte region the tools, resources and opportunities to build capacity, maximize impact of…

Building Good Racial Equity Habits: A Conversation with Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.

February 15, 2021

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC…

A Seat at the Table: Advancing Racial Equity Through Learning

January 12, 2021

As a community leader, convener and advocate, United Way of Central Carolinas is committed to listening, learning and doing the hard work that is required…

Uniting the Charlotte region to learn and grow together

January 1, 2021

Across the country, organizations, companies and community members are engaged in conversations around racial equity and social justice. As a nation, the time is now…

In the News

Over 13,000 People Taking Part in Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge

United Way of Central Carolinas began its Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge this week with more than 13,000 individuals registered to participate and over 200 area businesses and organizations joining the effort as community supporters to help spread the word and encourage others to participate.

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United Way engages Charlotte region in Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge

As part of our commitment to leading the fight for racial equity and economic mobility across the Charlotte region, United Way of Central Carolinas invites the community to join its virtual Racial Equity 21-Day Challenge.

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As needs escalate, United Way invests $21.7 million across Charlotte region

United Way of Central Carolinas announced today the investment of $21.7 million into communities across the Charlotte region, awarding grants to more than 100 agencies in five counties.

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