Why Racial Equity?

Racial Equity Framework and Plan

Ample evidence exists that structural racism plays a monumental role in generational poverty and in childhood poverty. Since structural racism is pervasive, it also works against the small community-based organizations trusted by communities of color to serve their children.

Our experience and studies show that community-based nonprofits have the power to help create a racially equitable DC—a city where all children can succeed. Fair Chance is committed to advancing this goal through five roles and associated strategies, which you can read about in the full Racial Equity Framework and Plan.

Highlights from our Racial Equity Framework

At Fair Chance, we seek to achieve racial equity using the strategies articulated in our Racial Equity Framework. This Framework provides a roadmap for our work and holding ourselves in achieving the Racial Equity Outcome, in partnership with community-based nonprofits. Our intended Racial Equity Outcome is:

All children, youth, and families, particular those challenged by and experiencing barriers of structural racism, have access to and collaboration in decision making about high quality services to support them on their pathway out of poverty.


This graphic summarizes the roles Fair Chance plays in contributing to racial equity:

Note: The strategies in the Racial Equity Framework were created with input from stakeholders from Washington, DC to inform our work within DC. As Fair Chance is now working in Prince George’s County, MD and potentially in other jurisdictions, we intend to engage with stakeholders in those communities to understand their visions for racial equity and learn more about how Fair Chance’s mission and programs can contribute to racial equity in those communities.