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#OrlandoUnited: Responding to Tragedy

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Dear Colleagues,
Like all of you, the tragic events in Orlando leave me terribly saddened and appalled on so many levels. I am however uplifted by the outpouring of support and beautiful messages I’ve read from SCG members and our friends across the country. It reminds me that we must never give up on our mutual commitment to making the world a better place for all. There is much to do.
The complexity of this tragedy has raised important questions about safety, security, and access to weapons in our country. It has highlighted the need for action to end gender- and race-based violence, and has demonstrated how pervasive xenophobia legitimizes hate and leads to scapegoating. This type of violence is the result of systems that encourage us to see some people as more valuable than others. At SCG, we stand with those who are working to end all forms of violence, especially those directed at Transgender, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Genderqueer, and the many other people who stand with them.
Resources to Respond
SCG is committed to helping our members and the entire community connect to the networks and resources you need to respond when tragedy strikes.
Learning Opportunity for Funders
SCG is partnering with the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Funders for LGBTQ Issues for the upcoming webinar, How TRANSformational is Your Work? on Tuesday, June 21.
Transgender people’s lives intersect with every issue—in education, health, poverty, civil rights, and beyond, transgender leaders have long fought for innovative solutions across the country. Yet few grant dollars support their efforts, to everyone’s detriment. In this interactive webinar, you’ll learn about more about transgender communities, their needs, and how to better support diverse trans leaders on the front lines of change. Register now.
Moving Forward
We are left with many questions about how to move forward, how to heal, and how to support our membership in addressing these issues. We invite our grantmaker community to reach out with questions, share your responses, and let us know how SCG can play a role in supporting you as you move forward.
SCG remains committed to supporting grantmakers in creating a more prosperous and equitable society for all. In the coming weeks, we will continue to update our resource page as we learn more about ways to help. To all those on the front lines of responding to this crisis, we send you our love and support.
Christine Essel
President and CEO
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