diversity, equity, inclusion
Lift Every Voice
The strongest communities involve and celebrate a variety of perspectives, a range of talents and a spectrum of ideas. The Community Foundation recognizes that the viewpoints and voices of people of color are not always adequately represented in our region.
Our Equity Lens
The Community Foundation is a devoted advocate for the vitality and well-being of everyone in the Rappahannock River region. Our goal is full and equal access to opportunities, power and resources for everyone – especially communities of color, as well as under-resourced communities.
This year, The Community Foundation’s board issued a unanimous statement about our willingness to advocate for racial equity. The foundation formed a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee and established a new fund designated for this purpose.
The foundation is assembling an advisory council that represents and understands the needs and the assets of communities of color. They will lead discussions and identify solutions to help nonprofits effectively serve Black communities and other people of color. The advisory council is a vital new asset of the foundation and our community as a whole. The board is eager to learn from these area leaders as they amplify stories from our community, especially any stories silenced in the past.
The Community Foundation does not have all of the answers. We do have the responsibility to step in and listen to, listen for and listen with our community’s rich chorus of voices.