The Equity Alliance of the North Coast is focused on understanding and improving racial and social equity through education, dialogue, and coaching for organizations and individuals.

Participants at "Advancing Equity through a Racial Lens" Public Talks on September 19, 2016. Photo credit: Terrance McNally

The Equity Alliance is a multi-year initiative of HAF. We invite institutions, nonprofits, businesses and individuals to take on the largely unintended racialized inequities that cause harm to so many families and communities in our region, and that keep every member of our communities, no matter their racial identity, from achieving full potential. Since 2016, steadily increasing demand for this work means that more and more local talent is training and coaching organizations focused on reducing racialized inequities experienced by those they serve.

Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) supports North Coast communities to address challenging problems across socioeconomic sectors and our rugged landscape. Equity Alliance efforts illustrate HAF’s mission: promoting generosity of spirit, leadership to take on challenges, and inclusion of people who have been systematically left out of many opportunities.


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Why Is A Rural Region Community Foundation Taking On Racism?

We love our communities and the families, people and organizations who make them special. And, we have heard countless stories for many years like the quotes you see highlighted here. We see a stream of local data proving race is a significant factor influencing everything from school disciplinary actions to mortality on the north coast. We recognize diversifying school district demographics show that the north coast is a more culturally rich place than many realize. And we understand from local institutions and organizations that they need help and company to do this work -- and that it is otherwise no one else’s “job” to tackle large-scale issues like racism that deeply affect so many lives. 

We and our communities have a lot to learn. We believe we have a responsibility to use what tools we have to make necessary changes our neighbors of color can see and feel. We are dedicating a number of years to creating opportunities for ourselves and others to listen and learn more, change harmful policies and procedures, and act more effectively to close gaps none of us want between what brown and black people experience and what white people experience in our region. Join us.

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Events & Opportunities to Engage

The Equity Alliance offers public racial equity roundtables, trainings and workshops for general learning and for specific sectors. We are also working with partners to promote community events focused on understanding and improving racial and social equity. Check out the Events & Opportunities to Engage page to learn more, sign up and register!

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SPONSORS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HUMBOLDT AREA FOUNDATION:

The California Endowment • The Patricia D. and William B. Smullin Foundation • Humboldt State University • Footprint Foundation • St. Joseph Health • First 5 Humboldt •

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