January 9, 2023

The Barr Foundation Awards Hack.Diversity With A $500,000 Grant

Hack. Diversity’s mission is to shake up the industry, and after receiving a $500,000 grant from The Barr Foundation, they are on the road to achieving this goal.

The Barr Foundation’s program expansion

According to reports, non-profit organization Hack. Diversity was awarded a two-year $500,000 grant from the Barr Foundation. 

The grant is a part of the organization’s initiative to advance racial wealth equity and its partnership with Hack. Diversity is a testament to that. 

The grant will allow Hack. Diversity to expand their program impact and remove the hurdles against Black and Latinx technologists based in Boston. 

“We are honored to be one of the esteemed organizations being recognized and awarded by the Barr Foundation,” said Jody Rose, co-founder, and president of Hack. Diversity. 

“This grant allows us to expand our program impact, bridging more Black and Latine/x technologists into Boston’s innovation ecosystem. Alumni are now in management positions at their companies, invited to speak at events and conferences.” 

What is Hack. Diversity?

Hack. Diversity, a dual-impact workforce, is changing the future of tech right before our eyes. The initiative, established in 2016, has helped bridge the gap between the company’s culture and the environment they aspire to have. 

The non-profit organization has connected with hundreds of employers over the years. Their focus centers around teaching recruiters how to tap into the full potential of their Black and Latinx workers. 

According to founders Jody Rose and Jeff Busgang, retention and making talent feel seen and heard have been at the forefront of their mission. 

Hack. Diversity strives to see a world where success is not limited by access. Their ethos focuses on making the jobs of today accessible and empowering for all. 

The company plans to launch its New York site this year after the regional success generated in Boston. 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.