While many stories from the Unity Summit in New Orleans affected me, the ones that most stuck with me were from Dr. Denese Shervington, a psychiatrist who works with kids in the New Orleans juvenile justice system. She talked about the trauma experienced by the kids, mostly black and brown, in the system, and the need for us as individuals and as a society to see the hurt and
As we embark on another school year, I am reminded that my kids will take countless small acts this year that will help shape who they are and who they become. Like the process of learning, our social change work is a lifelong journey made of hundreds of small acts that shape the kind of change we make—incremental or transformational—and ultimately propel us forward to make big progress.
How we collaborate matters greatly. A few years ago, I supported a national foundation in bringing together a group of state-based funders to address educational inequities in their state. Though the goal was clear, the national foundation’s intentions and agenda were not as transparent. After a few intimate convenings, one brave regional funder asked the national foundation the question many had been wondering: “Why did you bring us together?”
This is a moment that will define us as a nonprofit sector. It calls on us to look deeply at our humanity, examine our own actions and biases, and recognize, as the Heinz Endowments’ Grant Oliphant wrote, that “this, too, is America.” This hatred is part of the U.S. as well as the love we hold so deeply.
What happened in Charlottesville is not new and, for many, not
At Community Wealth Partners, we’ve been about big ideas since the time of our founding. Billy Shore, our founder and the CEO of our parent organization, Share Our Strength, recognized that we would never solve social problems with donations alone. The social sector needed new—and significantly more—resources. Billy envisioned an organization that could help the sector think creatively about how to generate alternative streams of revenue so that one
The families most impacted by inequities in the U.S. don’t need to study research about how the education, health and criminal justice systems are interconnected. They see it in their daily lives. When a main breadwinner is out of jail and employed, family members are better equipped to get to a critical doctor’s appointment, pay for food and rent, be attentive in school and participate in extracurricular activities.