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Reflecting on Charlottesville: A Statement from Philanthropy California

Monday, August 14, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Like all of you, we are appalled by the displays of racism-fueled violence perpetuated by the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and similar groups that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. We want to reiterate to our members across California that in the face of such deeply disturbing intolerance, our organizations stand together in condemning hatred, embracing diversity, and working toward just, equitable communities.

There are several statements from the social sector about the events in Charlottesville including Dr. Bob Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment; Advancement ProjectFunders for LGBTQ IssuesNational Center for Responsive Philanthropy; and Vu Le.

There is much work to be done, and we welcome your thoughts and ideas about how philanthropy can be part of the solution. Thank you for everything you do to ensure ALL of our community members have the safety, support, and opportunity to thrive in our country.


Chris Essel, President and CEO, Southern California Grantmakers
Nancy Jamison, President, San Diego Grantmakers
Ellen LaPointe, President and CEO, Northern California Grantmakers

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