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Our Democracy, Our Responsibility

Our Democracy, Our Responsibility

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Phil●an●thro●py: Love of Humankind.  This is the translation, the definition of our field, our work.  For the members of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers it is literally our job…to advance the love of humankind.

The events and the appalling rhetoric of the past few days have shocked and rocked our country.  It shows too well how much work we have to do.  The principles of our democracy are being tested in ways I do not think we have seen before, at least certainly not in my lifetime.  In the coming months CNJG will continue our learning journey on Race, Racism and the Ramifications for Philanthropy and we hope you will plan to participate. Additionally, we are really pleased to have Rutgers/Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor, coauthor of “Our Compelling Interests: The Value of Diversity for Democracy and a Prosperous Society,” as the keynote speaker for the Annual Meeting and Holiday Luncheon on December 15, so please mark your calendars now.

As we look to gain greater insight into how philanthropy can and should respond and help to counter the racism and bigotry perpetuated by the KKK, Neo-Nazis and similar groups, I share with you some news, commentary and statements from the field.

Nonprofit Quarterly: Ending White Supremacy in Ourselves: A Time for Nonprofit Action

MarketWatch: More people donate to civil rights causes following Charlottesville violence

Dr. Bob Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment, Building a State of Resilience

Nation Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP): Wealthy Donors And Grantmakers: You can no longer hide behind neutrality after the terrorist attack in Charlottesville.

Vu Le: Charlottesville and a time for gracious anger

Chronicle of Philanthropy: In Charlottesville’s Wake, Nonprofits Urge Trump to Fire Bannon?

With thoughts of tolerance and peace,

Nina Stack
President