Philanthropy Together is committed to creating a more just and equitable society. Our vision is a world full of passionate, empowered, diverse individuals giving collectively and intentionally to create the world they want to see.
In order to make meaningful and lasting change towards this vision, commitment to ongoing learning and holding racial equity as core to all our work is necessary. We also accept our vital responsibility in tackling injustice, prejudice, and discrimination head on. Our long overdue reckoning with systemic racism played out in full force in recent years, and we affirm that the continued injustices and pervasive culture of division is unacceptable.
We acknowledge that philanthropy as a sector has been complicit in the unjust treatment and exclusion of Black, Indigenous, people of color, and many other marginalized groups, and we deeply commit to being a force for change, healing, and community building. Although the road is long, we must collectively—staff, leaders, partners, and funders—share in the responsibility to put in the work to transform broken systems and continue on a journey towards liberation. We look to upend white supremacist colonial structures that have used philanthropy to concentrate wealth and power in the hands of few and elevate the deep wisdom and experience of community-based and collective philanthropy. The groundswell of racial diversity within the collective giving movement inspires us, and the opportunity to build on its transformative power in service to the overall field of philanthropy gives us much hope.
Everyone has the ability to lead in this work, and we stand resolute in the belief that the collective giving movement is inclusive and made for everyone. Real change is coming, and we are grateful for all those who wish to join us.