A message from the Foundation
June 9, 2020
Aswe mourn the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all victims of racial injustice who came before them, we cannot sufficiently express the grief, heartbreak, anger, and exhaustion prompted by these tragedies. But we can and will reaffirm our commitment to pursuing a more inclusive and equitable future for our region.
There is a lot of work to do.
Addressing racism and inequity in our community requires recognizing those systems that exacerbate injustice and collaborating within and across sectors to change them.
During this heightened moment, and in our sustained work, the Foundation stands in solidarity with our partners who see, experience, and respond to racism and injustice every day. The recent events only sharpen our resolve to advocate for reforms aimed at achieving equitable educational access, economic opportunity, social justice, and the long-term cultural viability of our region, while improving outcomes for all.
Still, we must do more.
The Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within every aspect of our work. As a leading local funder and convener, we are examining our grantmaking and strategic planning through a lens that centers DEI. In doing so, the Foundation is moving forward deliberately to strengthen the strategies that most impactfully address systemic disparities in the region. We will continue to listen, and work alongside our partners with a renewed sense of urgency to move toward real, lasting, and meaningful change.
While this is long-term work, one thing all of us can immediately do to advance change in our community is to complete the 2020 Census at www.my2020census.gov—and encourage others to do so as well—to help ensure everyone in our region gets the resources they deserve.
Another way to help is to support nonprofits that pursue change. We invite you to visit www.givingedge.org to research and support organizations that promote social justice and address racial inequities in the Sacramento region.
We welcome your comments. To share your thoughts and ideas, please contact us at (916) 921-7723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The time is now for all of us to take responsibility for achieving a more equitable and inclusive region. Together, we can make this moment count.
By focusing on the root causes of local challenges, seeking solutions with long-term results, and supporting the organizations that tend to the vital needs of the capital area, we help create the conditions for meaningful transformation in the Sacramento region.