A catalytic consortium to accelerate racial equity in six Southern communities that are home to more than half of all African Americans, in ways that are locally led, measured and sustained.
Our Current Impact
Obtained commitments of $100B+ for corporate and philanthropic racial equity programs across the U.S.
Targets the six communities home to approximately half of the U.S. Black population.
Supporting 9,000 Black-owned business and minority business enterprises (MBEs).
Partnering with over 90 organizations to date.
Estimated economic impact after ~10 years.
Southern Communities Initiative acts as a channel partner for corporate and philanthropic organizations to:
on growing Black-owned and other minority business enterprises
high-impact community organizations and initiatives
across the racial equity ecosystem to break down silos
and sustain impact in six Southern U.S. communities
Southern Communities Initiative Regions
Southern Communities Initiative focuses efforts on six specific Southern regions where the majority of the Black American population resides.
Racial Equity Priorities
We are focused on four racial equity priorities where this consortium has the ability to drive impact.
Minority Business Enterprise Entrepreneurship and Supplier Diversity
Grow Black-owned and other minority business enterprises.
Access to Capital (CDFI/MDI)
Modernize CDFI/MDI systems and technology, hire and train talent and increase CDFI/MDI capacity to issue more capital.
Education/HBCU and Workforce Development
Reduce student debt and support high-paying employment opportunities via education and skills training for Black Americans.
Increase access and adoption of affordable high-speed internet solutions for low-income and minority households.
Nearly 100 partners support Southern Communities Initiative and local organizations in the six Southern regions. The Initiative is powered by Vista Equity Partners, Boston Consulting Group, PayPal and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Join Us and Get Involved!
If you are interested in partnering with Southern Communities Initiative or wish to volunteer your time, we invite you to explore the different ways you can engage.