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Akonadi Foundation – an Oakland, CA-based family foundation working to support and nurture a racial justice movement to end structural racism – seeks a passionate and strategic Program Officer to manage the Beloved Community Fund, which supports cultural events and activities that celebrate and support the culture of communities of color in Oakland and seeks to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations engaged in this work. The new Program Officer will join a small diverse team working in support of Akonadi’s vision of equity and racial justice in Oakland. The Program Officer will report to the Vice President of Programs and is expected to begin work no later than June, 2017.
Headquartered in Oakland, California, Akonadi Foundation is a family foundation working to support and nurture a racial justice movement to end structural racism. Since 2000, with an asset base of $29.6 million and six staff, Akonadi has distributed more than $30 million in grants to over 1,300 racial justice organizations focused on communities of color in Oakland working for racial equity through community and youth organizing, advocacy and cultural strategies. Akonadi engages in the ecosystem of social justice philanthropy in the Bay Area and nationally and participates in public-private partnerships with the City of Oakland.
Akonadi has two main grantmaking programs: the Arc Toward Justice Fund, which gives grants to organizations working to end the criminalization of youth and young adults of color, end the school-to-prison pipeline and support the wellbeing of youth and young adults of color in Oakland; and the Beloved Community Fund, which supports cultural events and activities that celebrate and support the culture of communities of color in Oakland. Through these and other discretionary funds supporting related grantmaking and program activities, Akonadi strives to distribute approximately $3 million annually.
The Program Officer will assist in the planning, development, implementation and assessment of Akonadi’s grantmaking programs, most directly, the Beloved Community Fund. The Program Officer will also manage additional grantmaking and program activities that relate to these areas of work. Working with the board and staff, the Program Officer helps Akonadi fulfill its mission by nurturing deep relationships with grantee organizations and leaders and maintaining a breadth of knowledge about current trends, emerging issues, policy and cultural interventions and innovations in philanthropy and the field of racial justice in Oakland.
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