The Community Foundation was founded on a keen awareness of our interconnectedness as a community of people sharing a region. Our futures are intertwined, and in order to thrive together, we need to ensure that we are contributing to conditions that enable everyone to meet their full potential regardless of the circumstances of one’s birth.
We also know that our communities, like all communities across our nations, were designed in hierarchy, to include some and exclude others. Across our history, community members have faced barriers to their full participation in the benefits of our society on the basis of race, gender, and other identity characteristics.
For the past three years, we have been on a journey of self-reflection and exploration to transform ourselves into an organization that is deeply centered in our value that every person matters. As a steward of this region, we believe we have an obligation to ensure it is one where everyone can thrive, contribute, and belong. We are centering equity in our programs and services, our internal operations and culture, and in our community leadership.
We began a focused effort in 2018 and described our journey in a letter to our constituents.
Our work to date has included:
Our work is not done. We remain committed to our journey toward a more equitable organization and region.