Through continued education on intersectional issues related to education, culture, race and class, we become better equipped to take on the difficult and necessary work of transforming our local communities and our state.

News, Philanthropy & Nonprofits November 12, 2019

A Note from David Addams, Our Executive Director: An Update on the Memorial Fund’s Equity Journey

The past five years have been a process of inquiry, discovery, reflection, and setting our eyes upon a new prize- achieving equity in education while being explicit about the impact of racism and poverty.

News, Culture & Society May 02, 2019

Justice for Immigrant and Asylum-seeking Families

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund supports the demand for justice for immigrant and asylum-seeking families detained and separated at the U.S. border.

News May 02, 2019

The Memorial Fund is Hiring a Grants Manager Organization

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund is a family foundation dedicated to achieving equity in education by working with those affected and inspiring all to end racism and poverty.

News May 02, 2019

The Racial Equity Training and Support Grant

The Racial Equity Training and Support Grant provides up to $10,000 for groups interested in either engaging in a training about structural racism, creating spaces for racial affinity groups, or seeking to build upon a previous racial equity training.

News, Events, Arts & Media, Culture & Society February 21, 2018

Rise and Fail of the N Word: Implicit Bias and the N Word Living in our Subconscious

Exhibit and Discussion Featuring work by artist Rhinold Ponder.

News January 16, 2018

The Memorial Fund Welcomes Billy Johnson New Director of Educational Strategy

The William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund announces the appointment of William "Billy" Johnson as the Director of Educational Strategy. "I am pleased that Billy has agreed to take on this new position, to help us continue to evolve our strategies for…

News, Culture & Society September 12, 2017

The Memorial Fund's Statement on DACA

We stand with all those working to ensure the safety, stability, and accessible pathways to citizenship for Dreamers and those registered with DACA. As a family foundation founded by the son of a youth immigrant to this country, we believe that the…

News, Culture & Society August 29, 2017

The Memorial Fund's Statement of Charlottesville

The Trustees and Staff of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund unequivocally, and without exception, reject the mythology of white supremacy and the white nationalism which seems to be embraced by the current President and his administration. Unlike…

News August 01, 2017

Standing in the Discomfort on the Road to Equity in Education

As we are two years into our new Mission, we are quite often asked, “What have you learned and where is it taking you?” Two years into college, a major is chosen in order to focus on what the rest of the learning journey is going to look like. Although…

News August 15, 2016

What We Are Learning

After almost a year of reflection and discussion between the staff and the trustees, we have chosen to illuminate the impact of inequity on the educational and life outcomes of people of color along with those who live in low income communities.