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The report is part of Reinvestment Fund’s commitment to understanding and meeting the needs of HBCUs as critical institutions in the communities in which they operate.
The partnership makes MMCA the fiscal host for Inclusive Media and Economies, joining RJI, which founded and has supported the project since May 2020. RJI continues to support Inclusive Media and Economies through funding, guidance, and amplification of the project through its academic and media networks.
In response, these leaders reached out to seven African American nonprofit executive directors (I was one) and together, we established the Itasca North Minneapolis Partnership. The Partnership’s mission: develop and implement strategies to better leverage private-sector employment and economic development assets against the disparate and deepening racial and economic disparities experienced by African Americans in North Minneapolis.
According to the Billion Dollar Roundtable, 28 Fortune 500 companies spend at least $1 billion each year with diverse suppliers[1]. These are some of America’s leading corporations actively looking to spend money with diverse-owned businesses. So, what does this mean? Being certified as a diverse supplier is more important than ever.
Even worse, Black and Latinx consumers are more likely to be victims of fraud than their white counterparts.  That’s why it’s crucial to recognize activity designed to steal your hard-earned money.
Photo by ITSMF Welcomes Johanna Jones
“I am thrilled to begin my leadership tenure of such an influential and vital organization,” said Johanna R. Jones, newly appointed ITSMF President and CEO. “ITSMF has made tremendous progress toward the development and advancement of Black professionals in technology fields and I’m eager to use my experience and strengths in inventive ways to expand organizational growth and impact.”
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