Advancing Social Change and Creating an Enduring American Legacy

Fund II seeks to preserve the African-American experience; safeguard human rights; provide music education; preserve the environment while promoting the benefits of the outdoors; and sustain critical American values such as entrepreneurialism.

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Fund II Foundation was established in 2014 for the purpose of making grants to public charities that improve the daily lives and long term potential of those in Black and Brown communities. To date, we have awarded more than $250 million, all with the goal of creating an enduring and uniquely American legacy.
Our Programs

Our programs and investments prioritize creating pathways to opportunity by disrupting systems and providing access for all to a more equitable and sustainable future.

Grant Making

Fund II Foundation is deeply committed to the preservation, protection and prosperity of minority communities. Since 2014, we have awarded more than $250 million in grants to a range of nonprofits that align with our mission to honor the African American experience, support human rights, bolster music and arts education, safeguard and honor the environment; and sustain critical American values such as entrepreneurism.

InternX

Personal connections have long been the mainstay of professional success, hampering the dreams of far too many talented and skilled young people. internX upends this practice, offering a cadre of pre-screened entry-level talent for employers that advance diversity and inclusion goals and provide on-ramps to quality jobs for students. internX’s internship-matching process guides the first steps of a successful career for highly qualified Black and Brown future leaders.

Restoration Retreat

Time spent outdoors can be empowering and rejuvenating, and the Restoration Retreat program provides such experiences for youth ages 14–17 from high poverty and inner-city areas who have been exposed to stressful environments or traumatic events. During their week-long stay, these young people of potential engage in activities designed to ground them in the present and to help them imagine and build skills for their futures, from horseback riding, hiking and meditation to financial literacy, life-skills coaching and entrepreneurism.

Cradle to Greatness

The Cradle to Greatness framework provides targeted outcomes for fostering talent, igniting innovation, demanding fair access and accelerating careers. With a bedrock value of collaboration, we seek to stimulate this ethos and secure these outcomes through our annual Cradle to Greatness convening, where grantees explore partnerships that benefit the overlooked and underestimated. By shedding individual agendas, participating organizations work toward a shared vision for the future of Black and Brown communities and discover cooperative approaches for creating sustainable impact.

Focus Areas

We have awarded roughly 80 grants across eight focus areas: Education; Cultural Preservation; Health; Music & Arts; Social Justice; Career Readiness; Environment; and Digitization. Taken together, Fund II Foundation grant-making works toward building a limitless future for all Americans. 

The largest share of Fund II Foundation grantmaking has been in the area of Education, to which we have awarded nearly $100M (or 38% of our total). Education is the door that opens the worlds of self-discovery, self-sufficiency, and prosperity.

Our work seeks to offer Black and Brown youth those opportunities and experiences that will spark imagination, build confidence and develop the study habits that will guarantee future success.

By many measures, African American health outcomes are dismal when compared to American averages. From chronic illnesses and their treatment to maternal health and the COVID-19 pandemic, Black patients’ experiences often are harmed by ill-informed research and practitioners’ lack cultural competence. Moreover, Black and Brown communities face unique mental health challenges that are too often dismissed or viewed harshly.

The Health focus area, which represents 11 percent (roughly $29M) of Fund II Foundation’s total grantmaking thus far, seeks to improve these outcomes and to alleviate emotional and economic strife. Put simply, if our communities are not able to live healthy lives, they are not able to dream and achieve.

For too long, the history of African Americans has been downplayed or dismissed, warping the perspective of all Americans about Black contributions to our country’s culture, society and economy.
Through our Cultural Preservation grantmaking—totaling nearly $40M (15% of total grants) to date—we seek to highlight Black excellence and to preserve and share key figures, works of art and locales that illustrate African Americans’ foundational role in the American story.

Our work seeks to offer Black and Brown youth those opportunities and experiences that will spark imagination, build confidence and develop the study habits that will guarantee future success.

For too long, the history of African Americans has been downplayed or dismissed, warping the perspective of all Americans about Black contributions to our country’s culture, society and economy.
Through our Cultural Preservation grantmaking—totaling nearly $40M (15% of total grants) to date—we seek to highlight Black excellence and to preserve and share key figures, works of art and locales that illustrate African Americans’ foundational role in the American story.

Our work seeks to offer Black and Brown youth those opportunities and experiences that will spark imagination, build confidence and develop the study habits that will guarantee future success.

For too long, the history of African Americans has been downplayed or dismissed, warping the perspective of all Americans about Black contributions to our country’s culture, society and economy.
Through our Cultural Preservation grantmaking—totaling nearly $40M (15% of total grants) to date—we seek to highlight Black excellence and to preserve and share key figures, works of art and locales that illustrate African Americans’ foundational role in the American story.

Our work seeks to offer Black and Brown youth those opportunities and experiences that will spark imagination, build confidence and develop the study habits that will guarantee future success.

For too long, the history of African Americans has been downplayed or dismissed, warping the perspective of all Americans about Black contributions to our country’s culture, society and economy.
Through our Cultural Preservation grantmaking—totaling nearly $40M (15% of total grants) to date—we seek to highlight Black excellence and to preserve and share key figures, works of art and locales that illustrate African Americans’ foundational role in the American story.

Our work seeks to offer Black and Brown youth those opportunities and experiences that will spark imagination, build confidence and develop the study habits that will guarantee future success.

For too long, the history of African Americans has been downplayed or dismissed, warping the perspective of all Americans about Black contributions to our country’s culture, society and economy.
Through our Cultural Preservation grantmaking—totaling nearly $40M (15% of total grants) to date—we seek to highlight Black excellence and to preserve and share key figures, works of art and locales that illustrate African Americans’ foundational role in the American story.

Our work seeks to offer Black and Brown youth those opportunities and experiences that will spark imagination, build confidence and develop the study habits that will guarantee future success.

For too long, the history of African Americans has been downplayed or dismissed, warping the perspective of all Americans about Black contributions to our country’s culture, society and economy.
Through our Cultural Preservation grantmaking—totaling nearly $40M (15% of total grants) to date—we seek to highlight Black excellence and to preserve and share key figures, works of art and locales that illustrate African Americans’ foundational role in the American story.

Our work seeks to offer Black and Brown youth those opportunities and experiences that will spark imagination, build confidence and develop the study habits that will guarantee future success.

The Fund II Impact

Fund II Foundation was established in 2014 for the purpose of making grants to public charities. To date, Fund II Foundation has made grants worth nearly $250 million to a broad range of charities.

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Focus Areas
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