Leading the Change: Our $5 Million Commitment to Social Justice
Nov 19, 2021
In 2020, we committed to donating $5 million over three years to support select organizations that advocate for greater equality for the Black community, and double the impact for colleagues who donate to racial justice organizations through a double matching program.
We recently announced the grant recipients, which were chosen with input from a committee of senior Black Marsh McLennan colleagues, for their meaningful work in the areas of education and mentorship, equal justice and community engagement in Black history.
The organizations include:
A Better Chance (US) connects middle and high school students of color to opportunities that help them gain placement at competitive high schools, and ultimately, colleges. Our funding will expand their current program, deepening their capacity to serve over 2,000 students a year and establish a careers platform to connect college alumni and employers seeking diverse talent, promoting equity in communities and throughout the workforce.
Black Girls Code (US) has a vision to increase the number of women of color in technology by empowering girls of color ages 7 to 17 to learn digital skills. Our funding will expand the current program and support the alumnae aged 18+ with skills building, mentorship and leadership opportunities.
Blueprint for All (UK) works with schools, community groups and employers to enable young people from diverse ethnic heritage who are from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds to access the world of work. The grant will establish a new multi-region employability program in 10 secondary and primary schools across the UK.
Gideon’s Promise (US) is committed to transforming the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities. Our funding will support their programs including the P.I.P.E.D (Public Interest Professionals Expanding Diversity) project, which will build stronger relationships between the legal system and marginalized communities, and provide scholarships for public defenders in under-resourced offices.
In addition to these new partnerships, we have provided financial support to the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission in Oklahoma and The Museum of Civil Rights in New York to help people engage with Black history, including Black leaders and their accomplishments.
And, our colleagues around the world have raised close to $1,000,000 for 68 nonprofit organizations that advocate for racial justice.
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