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Reflecting on Charlottesville: A Statement from Philanthropy California

Monday, August 14, 2017

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 Project, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, National Center for Responsive Philanthropy and Vu Le’s blog

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.


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


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This weekend’s events in Charlottesville were both tragic and sobering. The racial violence perpetuated by the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other hate groups, however, is not isolated to the South. Join us for our program, Fighting Intolerance in the Bay Area and Beyond on September 12th, to learn from leading experts and practitioners in the field about how to combat these latest manifestations of hate.

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