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Philanthropy Responds to Charlottesville

Friday, August 18, 2017

The weekend of August 12, 2017 saw white nationalists from across the country march through Charlottesville, VA in protest to the planned removal of a statue of Confederate military leader Robert E. Lee. In response hundreds of counter protestors demonstrated in opposition. In an act of terrorism, one white supremacist drove his car at high speeds through a crowd of counter protesters resulting in the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old woman, and at least 19 other people were injured. We stand with our partners in the field in condemning the racism, hate and violence. 

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Where the Forum Stands

After Charlottesville, How Do We Move Forward?
David Biemesderfer, Forum President & CEO

Responses from Our Members

Charlottesville- A Reflection on Liberty

It's Time for Everyone to Fight Racism
Celeste Amato, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers

Life After Charlottesville: Choosing Our Paths
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

In Solidarity with Charlottesville, a Call to Reckon with White Supremacy
CHANGE Philanthropy

CCP Response to Charlottesville
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

Unpacking This Weekend's Events in Charlottesville, Tools and Resources
Florida Philanthropic Network

Statement on This Weekend’s Events in Charlottesville
Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Statement from Funders for Reproductive Equity Leaders: Toward a More Just Nation (PDF)
Funders for Reproductive Equity

GCIR Stands Against Bigotry and Hate
Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR)

Charlottesville and Our Work Today
Neighborhood Funders Group | Funders for Justice

Reflecting on Charlottesville: A Statement from Philanthropy California
Philanthropy California- Northern California Grantmakers, San Diego Grantmakers & Southern California Grantmakers

A Philanthropic Response to White Supremacy from the Birthplace of Freedom
Sidney Hargro, Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia

Working For Just, Equitable Communities
Claudia Y.W. Herrold, Philanthropy Ohio

Statement on This Weekend’s Events in Charlottesville (PDF)
Southeastern Council of Foundations

Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers' Statement on the Events in Charlottesville
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

White people, it’s time to act
Tamara Lucas Copeland, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

Responses from Foundations & Foundation Leaders

Building A State Of Resilience
Dr. Robert K. Ross, The California Endowment

Our Children Are Watching: What Are We Teaching Them?
Patrick McCarthy, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

A Message to Our Community
Anne Scott, Charlottesville Area Community Foundation

Heal Charlottesville Fund

The Community Foundation has established the Heal Charlottesville Fund to support both immediate needs and longer-term reconciliation efforts. Depending on the level of resources available, the Fund will support some or all of these opportunities: 

  1. Immediate Assistance and Stabilization
  2. Acknowledgement, Community Dialogue and Reconciliation
  3. Restoration and Healing
  4. Fund Leadership and Decision-making
  5. Communications

Grant Oliphant, The Heinz Endowments

We All Must Do More
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation

This is Not the Time for Silence
Fred Blackwell, The San Francisco Foundation

After Charlottesville: What Now?
Dr. John H. Jackson, The Schott Foundation for Public Education

News & Commentary


2017 UNITY Summit
CHANGE Philanthropy Partners
September 17-20, 2017 in New Orleans, LA

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