Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Like all of you, our hearts ache. The murder of Mr. George Floyd is unbearable and intolerable. Of course, we know all too well that this is not an isolated tragedy. Racism has been deeply embedded in our nation’s systems and institutions for hundreds of years and it won’t be rooted out quickly. But such horrors must end.
We shouldn’t be horrified only by the most violent, graphic incidents of injustices perpetrated against African Americans. Our society should be equally compelled to action by the everyday effects of racism on African Americans and other people of color. We at the foundation don’t pretend to have all the answers. But we do know that the fight for racial and economic equity and justice must continue. Your advocacy, your efforts to change systems and institutions, and your commitment to empowering the families and communities with whom you work are more vital now than ever. Thank you for your commitment and perseverance. We are honored to stand with you.
This moment should give us all pause, particularly those of us in philanthropy. The foundation is committed to examining our own practices and grantmaking to do more to dismantle racism and oppression. We recognize it is incumbent upon us to listen, reflect, and act on what we can do better, but we welcome your engagement and expertise. This is long-term work not served well by short-term funding. We look forward to connecting with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead. In the meantime, know that we are deeply grateful for all you do.
Charles Angell, Jim Angell, Mike Angell, Rupal Soni, Kim Van Horn, Wendy Vendel, Audra Yokley