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The grant will help expand Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s racial equity strategy to help break down barriers for more than 4 million youth.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America Receives Youth Equity Grant from the Starbucks Foundation

Press Release

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ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 31, 2021 – During Starbucks Corporation’s Annual Meeting on Shareholders on Wednesday, March 17, The Starbucks Foundation announced Boys & Girls Clubs of America as one of five nonprofits selected to receive the foundation’s youth equity grant. Through this partnership, The Starbucks Foundation will support Boys & Girls Clubs in building and implementing a racial equity organizational assessment, training, and strategy to break down barriers for youth-serving programs.

“Since our founding, Boys & Girls Clubs has fostered hope and opportunity in communities across the U.S. and throughout history, we have grown, evolved and innovated, rised to meet the challenges of the day,” said Jim Clark, president and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “While there is enormous, equal potential within every child, today’s young people are facing troubling odds and systemic gaps in wealth, equity and opportunity— particularly for those who identify as Black, Indigenous and other People of Color (BIPOC). Youth shouldn’t have to face these challenges alone. Thanks to The Starbucks Foundation, they don’t have to face these challenges alone. Together as thought leaders, the Starbucks Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs will be a powerful voice for diversity and inclusion, boldly addressing social and racial equity.”

The grant will also help measure and improve the racial equity practices and programs in more than 4,700 Boys & Girls Clubs that serve 4.6 million youth annually. The Starbucks Foundation youth equity grant builds on a long history of Starbucks Corporation partners engaging with their local Boys & Girls Clubs, as well as a recent Foundation collaboration to support the critical work of Clubs to serve youth amidst COVID-19.

“At Starbucks, we believe it is our responsibility to build bridges and advance social and racial equity on behalf of our partners and communities,” said Virginia Tenpenny, chief social impact officer at Starbucks and executive director of The Starbucks Foundation. “We are honored to partner with nonprofits that share our aspiration for thriving and equitable communities, and which have decades of experience empowering young people. The Starbucks Foundation looks forward to supporting continued innovation of programs that address systemic barriers to equitable outcomes and can contribute to closing the racial opportunity gap.” 

The news follows the rollout of $1.5 million in Neighborhood Grants from The Starbucks Foundation in October focused on supporting organizations that are Black-led and/or serve Black and Indigenous communities and are dedicated to promoting economic mobility and opportunity and health and social services in local communities. 

To learn more about The Starbucks Foundation’s announcement, visit Starbucks Stories. To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s commitment to breaking down barriers for all youth, click here

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For 160 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America ( has provided a safe place for kids and teens to learn and grow. Clubs offer caring adult mentors, fun and friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Clubs programming promotes academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. More than 4,700 Clubs serve 4.6 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Starbucks Foundation
The Starbucks Foundation strengthens humanity by transforming lives across the world, with a focus on enabling community resiliency and prosperity and uplifting communities affected by disaster. Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation is a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law.  


Media Contacts 

Ashley Keyes
Boys & Girls Clubs of America




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