We at CFLeads are processing the pain, grief, numbness and anger we are feeling from the heartbreaking and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and from the many others in Black and Brown communities who have lost their lives as the result of the systemic racism that permeates this country and its institutions.
As an organization and a network of community foundations, we continually strive to live our values of equity, inclusion and representation. We are deeply committed to listening to and lifting up the voices of people who have not been heard to ensure that justice and fairness are felt by everyone. We are also committed to supporting community foundations in their community leadership journeys and providing them with the tools they need to help build a society where race is not destiny.
As our friend Flozell Daniels Jr., President & CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana, said on a recent Community Connection in Times of Crisis webinar:
Equity is your answer, no matter the question.
We agree. We have a collective responsibility to commit to equity and to re-imagine our practices and policies to ensure that people of color are able to fully participate and prosper.
At this time, we call on community foundations to join their peers at the Minneapolis Foundation, the Saint Paul and Minnesota Foundation and many others as they stand with their community and advocate for change. We commend our peers, listed below, who have used their voice to speak out about the deep injustices facing this country. And we acknowledge the emotional and mental strain that community foundation staff, especially our Black colleagues and peers, are facing during this time.
This work is difficult enough without a pandemic. Still, even in the midst of a global public health crisis and economic devastation, we see community foundations across the country standing up to ensure their communities are places where all people can thrive. While they don’t have all the answers, many community foundation leaders have begun acknowledging the important role they can play, alongside others, in the recovery and rebuilding of our communities.
We’ve pulled some of the messages community foundation leaders have shared into a blog post, where they highlight the value of celebrating the common good, the necessity of bringing everything they have to the table, and their vision for building a better, more equitable future. We are also collecting messages from community foundation leaders across the country who have spoken up about police brutality and anti-Black racism, listed below. We hope these words from your peers provide you with inspiration and a sense of solidarity as you help chart a path forward with your community.
- The Minneapolis Foundation – Statement on Police-Involved Death of George Floyd, The Minneapolis Foundation to Deploy an Additional $500,000 in Safe Communities Grants in Aftermath of George Floyd’s Death and R.T. Rybak’s While the City I Love Burns
- Baltimore Community Foundation – The Ongoing Fight for Race Equity
- Brooklyn Community Foundation – None of Us Can Afford to Stay Silent
- California Community Foundation – Joining Our Communities’ Call to Action
- Central New York Community Foundation – On Racial Equity and Community Trauma
- Central Valley Community Foundation – A Message from the CVCF Board of Directors & Staff
- Cleveland Foundation – Silence is not an option
- Community Foundation Boulder County – On Standing With our Black Community, Community conversations on race to help Boulder explore both the pain of our differences and the beauty of our true belonging
- Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo – Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s Commitment to Racial Equity
- Community Foundation for Monterey County – After the Outrage
- Community Foundation for San Benito County – A Message from our President/CEO
- Community Foundation of Collier County – Update to our Community
- Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham – A Message from our President and CEO
- Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga – What We’re Learning
- Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque – Inclusive Dubuque Statement
- Community Foundation of Greater Flint – Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation
- Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa – A Commitment To Do More
- Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts – A Message From the Community Foundation
- Community Foundations of Texas – Addressing Inequity & Injustice to Make Tomorrow Better
- Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands – Black Lives Matter – In the Virgin Islands, the U.S. mainland, and around the world
- Community Foundation Sonoma County – Black Lives Matter
- Delaware Community Foundation – The Pandemic, George Floyd and Opportunity in America
- East Bay Community Foundation – This is Why
- Fairfield County’s Community Foundation – Statement from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
- Greater Cincinnati Foundation – We’re Stronger Together
- Greater Houston Community Foundation – One Community
- Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Now is the Time for Racial Justice
- Greater Worcester Community Foundation – Justice
- Hartford Foundation for Public Giving – Bending Toward Justice
- Humboldt Area Foundation – Statement on Race, Safety and Belonging
- Inland Empire Community Foundation – Standing Together for Racial Equity and Social Justice
- Jackson Community Foundation – Stand Together Jackson County
- Kalamazoo Community Foundation – KZCF stands in solidarity with communities of color, TRHT Kalamazoo: A Call to Action for Our Community
- Los Altos Community Foundation – To Listen, Not Just Hear, and to Take Action
- Main Street Community Foundation – A Message to Our Community
- Marin Community Foundation – Reflections During Troubled Times
- Napa Valley Community Foundation – An Open Letter to Our Community
- New Hampshire Charitable Foundation – Standing for justice
- North Texas Community Foundation – Creating a Stronger Community for All
- Orange County Community Foundation – A Message to the Orange County Community
- Pasadena Community Foundation – A Message to our Community
- Puerto Rico Community Foundation – “We Must be in It for the Long Haul” Black Foundation Executives Request Action by Philanthropy on Anti-Black Racism
- Rhode Island Foundation – For far too long
- Rochester Area Community Foundation – Racism and Rochester
- Rose Community Foundation – Sad, Mad and Allied
- Sacramento Region Community Foundation – Toward a More Inclusive, More Equitable Future
- Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation – Greater Twin Cities United Way, Minneapolis Foundation and Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation Commit to Transforming the Criminal Justice System
- Santa Barbara Foundation – A letter from our President & CEO
- Seattle Foundation – Rebuilding Together. Reimagining Community.
- Silicon Valley Community Foundation – Race, justice, COVID-19 and the work ahead of us
- Southwest Initiative Foundation – Our commitment to change
- Stanislaus Community Foundation – Stanislaus Community Foundation Recognizes That This Is A Time For Not Just Words, But Action
- The Boston Foundation – In troubling times, a renewed commitment to equity and “While we have tried, we have not tried hard enough.”
- The Chicago Community Trust – This Moment in Time
- The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region – A Statement on Equity and Justice
- The Community Foundation of Mendocino County – Supporting Equality, Today and Every Day
- The Denver Foundation – Moving Towards Justice Requires All of Us
- The Philadelphia Foundation – Excruciating and What is the way forward?
- The Pittsburgh Foundation – Standing up for racial justice, In this pivotal moment, we will not be silent., In a Black America choked by racism, no community can breathe.
- The San Diego Foundation – Leading With Our Values
- The San Francisco Foundation – America’s Other Virus
- Triangle Community Foundation – There is a deadly virus lurking. And it’s called racism.
- Ventura County Community Foundation – VCCF Stands with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Communities
Did we miss you? Please email Melody MacLean at firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your statement.