To All of the Members of This Community That We So Love,
It is predictable that a community foundation would issue a statement condemning-in the strongest possible terms-systemic racism. We do condemn it. It borders on cliche for a leading community institution to call for the elimination of that racism. We call for it.
That’s the easy part. Talk is cheap and cheap talk is part of the reason we’ve arrived at this moment.
We will no longer speak with a careful institutional voice.
We’re interested in something much harder than a statement or a social media post. We’re interested in the achievement of the elimination of systemic racism. We’re interested in the rigorous definition, measurement, and urgent achievement of it. We’re interested in working with others to build a moonshot strategy for it.
This crisis comes at a moment when the Foundation is re-thinking the entirety of its potential and role in this community, and this moment has turned that fire of passion into an inferno of intention.
We invite your partnership.