RTI to match up to $150,000 of U.S. employee donations to support four racial equity organizations
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — To support the advancement of racial justice and equity efforts, RTI International donated $100,000 to the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization with a purpose to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequity, with an added focus on public education. EJI was selected by RTI’s Black Employee Resource Group (BERG) as the recipient of this corporate contribution as one of RTI’s actions contributing to the elevated racial justice and equity movement taking place throughout the U.S.
In addition, RTI is launching an employee donation matching process for U.S. employees to make donations to selected racial justice and equity organizations that will be matched by RTI up to a total of $150,000. Staff members may choose to make either a one-time donation or recurring monthly donations through December 2020. Employees will be able to contribute matching donations to EJI or three other organizations:
- NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund: Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, the NAACP LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.
- National Civil Rights Museum: The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, is steadfast in its mission to share the culture and lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement and explore how this significant era continues to shape equality and freedom globally.
- Thurgood Marshall College Fund: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund is the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community.
“Our financial contributions to Equal Justice Initiative and other racial justice organizations are just the beginning of what RTI will do to commit to the global community to advance equity in our workplaces and communities,” said E. Wayne Holden, PhD, RTI president and chief executive officer. “We are also working on our own transformation as an organization to create spaces and policies where all individuals are respected and provided equal opportunities for professional growth and advancement.”
This is the first of several announcements that RTI will be sharing in the coming months in its ongoing commitment to support racial justice and equity.