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January 18th, 2021

Our Commitment to You: Co-Creating a More Just Community

Your Community Foundation makes this statement in these unprecedented times of threats to our democracy.  At all times, but especially in these conditions, we recommit our collective resources, our diverse voices, and our reputational influence in partnership with you in service of our mission to improve the quality of life for all in Tompkins County.

We make this statement as a community foundation because our calling is to work with those who seek to create, nurture and protect a community of connection, belonging, justice, and prosperity with equitable opportunity and results for all.

We do this with an unshakeable dedication to work for racial justice and by engaging in respectful dialogue as we build awareness of broken systems and support coalitions that will address complex challenges such as poverty, food insecurity and inequity in the legal system.

We denounce anti-democratic violence which seeks to silence and intimidate the historically oppressed. We must root out and eliminate the differential use of force which perpetuates racism and institutionalized forms of oppression. Just as the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affects communities of color and those living in poverty, undemocratic actions and inequitable reactions to them continue to sustain deadly systems of inequity.

Community Foundation culture emphasizes reflection, learning, humility, and adjusting our work. We also honor lifting up the importance of expanding voices as well as broadening who has the power to do this work and who is in control of this work.

We pledge our efforts to this work by restructuring our organizational culture, by removing barriers, by listening to and being challenged and changed by the voices of underrepresented and marginalized communities, particularly those who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We must examine and share, without precondition, our privilege and our power so that the promise of philanthropy reaches everyone in every community in Tompkins County.

 

 

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