The Kaleidoscope Project, funded by the John Rex Endowment, ensures that every young child in Wake County will experience nurturing relationships and supportive environments that promote their social and emotional well-being. Partners for Impact has been evaluating this community change initiative and is providing program planning services to the John Rex Endowment as it redefines its grantmaking process with an emphasis on community participation in planning and awarding funding. We are excited to be a part of the current phase of this project that is directly addressing racial equity in philanthropy by shifting the decision making power to the community.

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The Kaleidoscope Project 

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The Kaleidoscope Project is funded by the John Rex Endowment to ensure that every young child in Wake County will experience nurturing relationships and supportive environments that promote their social and emotional well-being. Partners for Impact has been evaluating this community change initiative and is providing program planning services to both the Kaleidoscope Project and the John Rex Endowment as it redefines its grantmaking process with an emphasis on community participation in planning and awarding funding.

The Kaleidoscope Project aims to build the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to change systems that perpetuate inequities and create places and spaces that support the social-emotional health of children. While the tangible outcomes of the Kaleidoscope Project’s work are more equitable places and spaces for children and families, the approach focuses on shifting individual mindsets and organizational policies to center community voice in practices and programs. The longer-term impact is a transformation of the system to prioritize community voices and power by providing resources, adjusting accountability measures, and dismantling systemic structures that perpetuate harm.

In order to understand the project, watch this video of the Kaleidoscope Project’s Systems Map.