Greetings, <<First Name>>,
2020 has highlighted many polarities in the world today, especially those related to human connectedness. On the one hand, COVID-19 has been a unifying global event, confirming that we are all in this together, yet at the same time stay at home orders, higher rates of infection in Communities of Color, and closed borders have increased our disconnectedness. Similar polarities can be found in nearly every realm, and as we reflect on this at the year’s midway point, we are resolved to be part of that which brings people together.
When we opened our doors as an environmental funder in the early 2000s, we were deeply frustrated by the fragmentation we saw in the field among funders, nonprofits, and the way we engaged the issues we sought to address. Since then, our grantmaking at the Garfield Foundation has been grounded in the innovation, adaptation, and learning we’ve done together with grantees, partners, and advisors from across the U.S. and around the world.
Our intention in launching a seasonal newsletter is to share our reflections and insights from our collective efforts to align and collaborate with the growing ecosystem of people working to create a regenerative, just, and vibrant world for all—and to invite you into conversation. We believe building trusting relationships, engaging in generative discussion, and learning together can accelerate everyone’s progress. Given the current global landscape, we simply can’t afford not to.
In that spirit, we invite you to read on to discover:
Reflections on over 16 years of experimentation with new forms of grantmaking and collaboration grounded in systems thinking
How living into our questions led us to fund collaborative networks
How two collaborative networks are leading through the COVID-19 crisis to advance the fights against climate change and cancer-causing toxics
Our resolve to stand in solidarity with those who seek justice and systemic change
What we’re reading during these turbulent times
With resolve and love,
Jennie, Motaz, Jen, Mollie, Eleni, Ruth and Jessica
The Garfield Foundation team