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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 28 February 2022

Black Parent Initiative has been named as a 2022 Black Community Commitment grantee in Portland, joining 43 local organizations across New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis, St. Louis and Boston, and 10 national organizations to team up with Nike to advance equality and deepen our collective service to the Black community.

“As a grantee of NIKE, Inc.’s Black Community Commitment, we’re excited to be in great company. Creating transformative change doesn’t happen alone or overnight,” the organization said in a news release. “That’s why Nike is partnering with world-class organizations that are dedicated to leveling the playing field and providing access to opportunities that allow everyone to be successful in life. We are so proud to be a part of this team and are thankful for this support.”

This month, NIKE, Inc. is announcing its investment of $5 million to support national organizations and an additional $2.75 million to support local organizations in seven U.S. cities. This commitment is part of its multi-year pledge, announced in June 2020, to invest in and support national and neighborhood organizations focused on improving economic empowerment, education innovation and social justice for Black communities in the United States.

“NIKE, Inc.’s purpose is to move the world forward – breaking barriers and building community to change the game for all. Our Black Community Commitment embodies this belief and drives how we are showing up to advance racial equality for Black people,” said Karol Collymore, Senior Director of Inclusive Community for Social & Community Impact at NIKE, Inc. “These strategic investments across the United States – at both the national and local levels – have the power to fuel transformative change, and we applaud each and every organization for their focus and passionate commitment to reach and uplift their community.”

2022 NIKE, Inc. Black Community Commitment grantees:

Portland, OR: Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC), BUILT Oregon, Albina Vision Trust, Black Parent Initiative, Word is Bond, Taking Ownership PDX, Rosewood Initiative, Portland NAACP and Elevate Oregon

National: All Star Code, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Black Girls Code, Black Girl Ventures, Equal Justice Initiative, GoalSetter, NAACP Empowerment Programs, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, National Urban League and Son of a Saint

New York City, NY: New Settlement, The H.O.P.E. Center, Global Kids and World of Money

Los Angeles, CA: Read Lead, Our Own, ThinkWatts Foundation, Children Striving Together, Yetunde Price Resource Center and LA Jets Track Club

Chicago, IL: CHI Gives Back, Lawndale Christian Development Co., Think Outside Da Block, Brave Space Alliance, Hugs No Slugs and Urban Juncture

Memphis, TN: Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope, Legacy of Legends CDC, Black Business Association of Memphis, Code Crew, Heal the Hood Foundation, Vance Avenue Youth Development, Streets Ministries, The Consortium Memphis Music Town, 100 Black Men of Memphis and The Way Community Group

St. Louis, MO: Riverview West Florissant Development Corporation, 100 Black Men of St. Louis, Urban League of St. Louis and St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature

Boston, MA: Inner City Weight Lifting, The ACLU of Massachusetts, Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Roca Boston and BAM/Youth Guidance.

The seven cities represent the communities where NIKE, Inc. employees live and work:
Headquarters locations of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston (Converse), and Portland, Ore.; as well as St. Charles, MO (Air Manufacturing Innovation) and the Mid-South (Nike distribution centers).

More information about Nike’s Black Community Commitment can be viewed here.

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