Our Mission:

MAVIN Foundation builds healthy communities that celebrate and empower mixed heritage people and families.

Our projects explore the experiences of mixed heritage people, transracial adoptees, interracial relationships and multiracial families.

So... why MAVIN?

Of course, mixed heritage people and families are nothing new in the U.S. Laws enacted as early as 1641 prohibited sex or marriage across racial lines in the American colonies. It wasn't until some three centuries later, in 1967, that the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia finally struck down all laws banning marriage across racial lines.

Census 2000 marked the first time that Americans could check multiple race boxes to describe their heritage. The seven million people who did so reflected a dramatic national demographic shift. Today, in cities like Seattle, Sacramento and San Antonio, 1 in 6 babies born is multiracial. And yet, despite this national mixed race baby boom, few people are aware of the unique needs of this rapidly growing community.

Imagine being forced to repeatedly deny part of your heritage on forms requiring that you "check only one race." Imagine realizing that your mixed race heritage means that you may not be able to find a life-saving bone marrow donor to cure diseases like leukemia. The lack of awareness about multiracial issues creates far more than a mere inconvenience for the millions of Americans who identify with multiple races.

MAVIN Foundation is committed to creating a society that recognizes the complexity of race, racism and identity. We support the right to self-identify, and think it's important for mixed heritage and transracially adopted people to strengthen their involvement in existing ethnic and affinity communities. Although we reject exclusive and outdated notions of race, we see our work as part of a larger movement to end discimination and inequality on individual and systemic levels. Ultimately, we see our work with mixed race issues as an important way to create supportive and inclusive communities for all people.

We need your support to continue our important projects. We eagerly seek opportunities to partner with other progressive individuals and organizations on innovative projects. Please contact us!

Click here to make an online donation to support MAVIN Foundation's innovative and award-winning programs.

Check only one?
Across the county, whether it's on job applications or healthcare forms, we are forced to deny part of our heritage and check "one race only."

Census 2000 marked the first time that Americans could check more than one race to identify themselves. 7 million people did so.

MAVIN magazine
First published in 1999, MAVIN is the only magazine dedicated to mixed race people and families. Become a member and receive an issue for free! more>