Building the Infrastructure to Create Economic Justice
Economic justice can only be achieved by building systemic and sustainable solutions for underserved communities. Our initiatives are designed to provide pathways to educational, professional and economic opportunities, building thriving communities of color.
We target Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), which produce 20% of all Black graduates, and the six Southern communities that are home to more than half of all Black Americans; connect 23,000 students to paid internships at over 300 corporate partners; and support our national parks so that everyone has access to the benefits of the great outdoors and important landmarks of Black history.
Student Freedom Initiative
Student Freedom Initiative (SFI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides a catalyst for freedom in professional and life choices for students attending HBCUs and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) by increasing their social and economic mobility via affordable access to a college education, opportunity for hands-on professional and life training, integrated student services and technology enhancement.
Southern Communities Initiative
Southern Communities Initiative (SCI) is a catalytic consortium to accelerate racial equity in six Southern communities home to over half of all Black Americans, in ways that are locally led, measured and sustained. SCI partners with community leaders, companies and philanthropic organizations to implement local and sustainable measures to improve community resources.
internXL is a program that matches diverse, talented STEM students with top-tier, paid tech internships to provide real-world experience before students graduate. The internXL platform currently supports over 23,000 students searching for their next corporate internships.
Fund II Foundation
In partnership with the National Park Foundation, the Foundation formed the Fund II Civil Rights Historic Preservation program to bolster the work of national park sites tied to civil rights history and stories. Projects under this program include the Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument and the restoration of the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site.