By Philanthropy Southwest
The events this past week shocked the conscience of the nation and the world, already reeling from a global pandemic. As staff supporting the work of many philanthropic organizations across the Southwest and beyond that work to eradicate inequitable systems, we stand in solidarity against systemic racism.
We are heartbroken and remember the lives of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many other Black lives taken at the hands of egregious racial injustice. During this fragile time of great unrest and reconciling centuries of inequities, we are compelled to ask whether thriving, long-term transformation of communities is even possible. We believe it is and our Southwestern identity will move us forward.
The origins of the word philanthropy literally mean “love of mankind” and an action done to better humanity. For nearly three quarters of a century, Philanthropy Southwest has represented a unique human spirit and sense of optimism that we can do better. The diversity of thought, politics, and values in the Southwest is not what divides us but is what unites us.
We elevate and spotlight Southwest grantmakers who are already doing the work to support impactful philanthropy and systemic change. May your example be our example as we work in partnership to improving communities together.
On this precipice of change and at this defining moment in our history, we are called to revive the human spirit, and make this world a better place for all generations following.
We can and we must do better.
Written by Hillary Evans, vice president of public policy and professional learning