Informed by the Safety Net Resiliency Initiative and our community partners, the Foundation board and staff have reflected upon how the Foundation can more clearly demonstrate its commitment to dismantling structural inequities that disproportionately impact people of color, women, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and others. We recognize that our work to strengthen the safety net system is incomplete without a foundation in achieving social and economic justice for marginalized and underserved communities.
Through our mission, vision, and guiding principles, we strive to make known the personal and professional commitment by staff and board to center social justice as core element of our work, our interactions, and our practices. We seek to advance this commitment through all we do- into our grantmaking through a strong focus on equitable systems change, through commissioned research projects, and in other ways.
As our journey continues to evolve, we recognize that our understanding of the Foundation’s role in advancing equity will change, too. We commit ourselves to continuing to grow our understanding of our roles in achieving greater social justice for underserved and marginalized communities, and to evolving the Foundation's practices to more effectively do the same. We intend to remain open and vigilant to opportunities and fully expect to deepen and foster new opportunities to advance to a more equitable and just community as we move forward.