On Tuesday 28th June, Action for Race Equality co-hosted a special afternoon with the Ubele Initiative to celebrate the journey taken by Black and Minority-led organisations on the Pathways to Economic Opportunities Programme by London Community Fund and JP Morgan Chase.
The event, Our Pathways Journey: Insights from the Frontline, was held at J.P. Morgan & Co’s offices, and formally launched Phase 2 of the Programme, co-designed and informed by Phase I leaders working within the Employment, Enterprise and Financial Health space.
Attendees heard from key stakeholders involved in funding and delivering the Programme such as:
- Kate Markey, Chief Executive at the London Community Foundation
- Carol Lake, Co-Head of Global Philanthropy at JP Morgan
- Michael Hamilton, Director of Practice at The Ubele Initiative’s
- Karl Murray, Associate Director for Research and Evaluation at The Ubele Initiative
- and Tebussum Rashid, ARE’s Deputy Executive.
Action for Race Equality, as delivery partners with The Ubele Initiative, chaired a panel discussion with some of the leaders instrumental in shaping the roll-out of the second phase including: Cherfia Atoussi from Account 3, Sharmake Diriye from Golden Opportunities Skills and Development and Frank Ambei from Youth League UK.
They shared key messages to funders, developed as they co-designed the Programme:
- Communication and relationship between funder and grantee is very important.
- Racial justice needs to continue to be centred in funders’ work
- Whilst two years is a good start for funding, a minimum commitment of five years is the direction of travel.
After the first Phase, there were deep conversations and reflections which made clear that the Programme is about creating a legacy, and a real relationship between funders and partners”Tebussum Rashid, Deputy Executive ARE
These reflections have been published in the P2E Co-Design Sessions Report.
Pathways to Economic Opportunities Phase 2 is now supporting 19 more grantees with additional organisational development support, and with further opportunities for learning.
Contact: Tebussum Rashid for more information.
The P2E Programme is a £2 million commitment across 3 years by the London Community Fund and JP Morgan, investing in organisations providing Employment, Enterprise and Financial Health (EEFH) support for leaders from Black and Minoritised backgrounds.