A Letter of Reflection from James W. Head, President & CEO, East Bay Community Foundation
As we embark on another year and set our sights on building a stronger, just and more inclusive East Bay, we’d like to take a moment and reflect on the impact of our collective philanthropy in 2017.
Thanks to you, our donors and partners, your philanthropic investments have enabled EBCF to take important leadership roles to build the capacity of regional nonprofit organizations, to support local immigrant families, and to respond to the urgent needs of the East Bay. Together, we are striving for an East Bay that embodies fairness, equity and the inclusion of all people in the fabric of civic life.
This year marks the Foundation’s 90th Anniversary. Since our founding in 1928, our region has made tremendous strides in social justice as the East Bay has a well-earned reputation for activism and advancing social change. It is in this spirit that we continue to ensure that all communities have access to equitable opportunities. Over the last 10 plus years however, our beloved East Bay has experienced significant changes. Inequality is reshaping the landscape and exacerbating social and economic conditions for communities that have long been under-resourced. A decade plus of economic growth has resulted in extraordinary prosperity for some but familiar patterns of neglect for others — specifically low-income communities, people of color, women and immigrants.
As your community foundation, we have a responsibility to use our size, scale and influence to create greater equity in opportunities for all. Now more than ever, we are committed to building stronger pathways to quality education, economic opportunity, and a more civically engaged community for everyone that calls the East Bay home.
I want to thank you for what we’ve accomplished together over this past year. Investments designed to transform and sustain the region are only possible through the coordinated actions of many. Please take a moment to click on the button below and reflect on some of the work being done in our community.
In this current climate, there are both immediate and unforeseen needs that will warrant our collective efforts, resources and attention. As we move into 2018 and beyond however, we know that pursuing an agenda for transformative change will call for actions large and small, controversial and indisputable, risky and safe, immediate and long-term. We thank you for your ongoing philanthropic partnership and look forward to your continued support to ensure that the East Bay is a region that works for everyone.
James W. Head
President & CEO
The East Bay Community Foundation
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