Today is the National Day for Racial Healing, the annual observance created by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2017 and observed every year on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is a time for contemplation and collective action on #HowWeHeal from the effects of racism and an opportunity to bring ALL people together in their common humanity and inspire collective action to create a more just and equitable world.
Deborah Aubert Thomas
The opportunities that Philanthropy Ohio has provided over the last 13 years for members to learn and share how to strategically and intentionally advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our organizations and grantmaking have provided a foundation for how we can be responsive in this moment.
Every day we are learning more about precautionary measures to keep our communities safe. You’re probably receiving numerous emails, social media messages and news alerts about the COVID-19 outbreak and I want you to know the health and safety of our Philanthropy Ohio members and employees is our top priority and we are here for our members and communities. Amid what’s happening in our communities, I want to share the specific steps we’re taking to keep our staff, members and local communities healthy.
We are privileged to be philanthropy, to be stewards, influencers, educators, conveners and advocates. We are privileged to have the time and space to learn and think about our work.
We believe that greater diversity, equity and inclusion is a matter of fairness and effectiveness in our profession. To have real impact in a diverse and complex world, organized philanthropy must effectively include these voices and draw upon them to intentionally engage issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in an authentic way.