February 2nd, 2024

In Celebration of Black History Month: Take Action to Advance Racial Justice

Every February, we come together to honor and celebrate Black History Month, a time to recognize the achievements, contributions, and resilience of Black individuals throughout history. As we commemorate this important month, it is crucial to reflect on the role of philanthropy and community building in advancing social justice and equality.

Community foundations play a pivotal role in empowering Black communities by providing resources, funding, and support for initiatives that address systemic challenges. From educational programs to economic development projects, philanthropic efforts contribute to building stronger, more resilient communities. We are intentional in funding projects and organizations led by Black organizers and advocate to ensure the narratives and experiences of the Black community are heard and respected. By actively supporting initiatives that uplift and empower Black communities, we contribute to a legacy of positive change that extends beyond the month of February. Together, we can build a more equitable and inclusive future for all.


How You Can Make a Difference

1. Support Black-Led Organizations:

Direct your philanthropic efforts towards organizations that are led by Black individuals and dedicated to uplifting Tompkins County.

2. Volunteer Your Time:

Get involved in community-building initiatives by volunteering your time and skills. Your contributions can make a meaningful impact on local projects and programs.

3. Educate Yourself and Others:

Take the time to educate yourself and others about the history, contributions, and challenges faced by the Black community. Knowledge is a powerful tool for fostering understanding and empathy.

4. Advocate for Change:

Use your voice to advocate for policies and practices that promote equality and justice. Engage in conversations that challenge systemic barriers and work towards creating a more inclusive society.