Election 2016: Giving Voice and Healing Divisions

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

By MCF President Trista Harris

The election brought to light extreme divisions in our country. Family members have stopped speaking, high school friends have been blocked on Facebook, and the racism, sexism and xenophobia that lived below the surface but wouldn’t show itself in polite conversation was unleashed. All of this fear and the resulting divisions have made it really hard to remember what we have in common, the bedrock of ideals that this country was founded on: democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity, and equality.
 
As grantmakers, you have committed your careers toward strengthening these ideals. Through your work you create spaces and places where everyone in our community can have a voice. You stand up for marginalized communities, you take care of those that have the least, and you heal divisions. You make the future better for all of us. 
 
MCF is your partner in this critical work. In our new strategic plan that will be released in January, we have doubled down on our commitment to helping foundations build equity into their work and to partner with elected officials to make our communities stronger. We are also building our capacity to help you and your organizations navigating these rapidly changing times. Our role is to help you identify, understand and shape future trends.
 
As a community of grantmakers, we are in this together.

Be well,

Trista

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