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Our Mission

The 1954 Project centers on the unique assets and deep reservoir of talent in the Black community, so that all students will benefit.

The 1954 Project seeks to radically redesign how philanthropy connects with Black leaders in education.

The 1954 Project identifies established leaders of nonprofit organizations in the education sector and selects at least five Luminaries each year. The Luminaries receive transformational $1 million grants along with professional supports and membership in an unparalleled community of their peers.

The 1954 Project's flexible financial commitment and suite of supports allows leaders to maintain their focus on driving innovation, improving student outcomes, and creating lasting systemic change.

By 2025, The 1954 Project will deploy $100 million in capital to incredible Black leaders.

The 1954 Project's investments will support students and communities today - and are catalyzing long-term investment in Black educational leadership.

Photo Credit: DW Johnson Photography

The 1954 Project invests in leaders whose work addresses
one or more of these key areas of impact.

Photo Credit: DW Johnson Photography

Innovation in Teaching
and Learning

Create more effective, equitable, and culturally affirming teaching and learning models to better serve all students.

Diversity in Education

Increase the number of Black educators and leaders through innovative initiatives and programs.

Pathways to Economic Mobility

Strengthen pathways from education to career to increase Black students' and families' economic mobility.


Our impact is driven by the change-makers and innovators working to create a better, more inclusive education system.



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