No Kid Hungry Grants - Equity in Grantmaking

In 2021, we developed our equity in grantmaking framework that defines and operationalizes our equity in grantmaking goals that aim to: 

  • Increase grant (financial) investments in organizations led by persons of color.
  • Increase grant investments in organizations that are incorporating racial equity practices into their approach and centering their work around the people they aim to reach by addressing hunger at the community level.
  • Pilot grant investments to support partner organizations in incorporating racial equity practices into their internal and external operating strategies.
  • Increase total grant investments in communities of color. 
  • Incorporate increasingly diverse and community-driven input into decision-making regarding grant program priorities, grant reviews and grant approvals.

What We've Done So Far

  • In 2020, we developed an internal dashboard to better track how we are increasing our investment in communities of color, communities with high free- and reduced-meal eligibility, rural and urban communities and organizations led by and serving communities of color and other marginalized communities.
  • In 2021, we launched a grantee survey in partnership with the Center for Effective Philanthropy to better understand the needs and challenges of our grantees. We aim to reevaluate our funding practices in order to minimize the burden associated with completing proposals and post-award reports and develop new practices that can make funding and resources even more accessible and supportive to marginalized communities. 
  • In 2021, we began collecting organizational demographic information to ensure that our granting decisions align with our organizational Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) priorities.  
  • In 2022, we launched the No Kid Hungry Centering Equity Fund Grant Opportunity, aimed at increasing investment in EDI efforts for organizations on their own path towards implementing and operationalizing EDI practices.