Letter to the Community
Chair, Board of Trustees
As we write this letter, the country we live in is radically different than the country that we lived in 10 years ago. Some of the challenges that communities of color face are the same—structural racism that limits our ability to enjoy nourishing food, health-supporting neighborhoods and the fruits of a secure living wage job; diminished wealth to weather financial storms; and learning in schools that erase our identities and funnel us into the prison pipeline. Other challenges feel new and downright scary—the COVID-19 pandemic and its disproportionate impact on our communities, a re-emergence of the most obvious forms of white supremacy and an increase in hate crimes directed toward people of color. As a result, CHF’s forthcoming strategic plan is designed to match these new challenges that are in the way of our vision for Black people and people of the global majority—that we live powerfully, abundantly and beautifully in healthy, self-determined communities free of social, economic and ideological violence.
This letter serves to highlight what we have learned over the past ten years. These lessons provide fertile ground for our plan for the next 10 years.
- CHF has embarked on a community-centered transformation that seeks to blur the lines between philanthropy and community. The act of doing so has raised all kinds of questions about what transformative leadership looks like in organizations and how power is shared and ceded. We will make these lessons available to the sector.
- We now fully understand the famous quote by Frederick Douglas – power concedes nothing without a demand. Therefore, we have increased and will continue increasing our support for power building and community organizing.
- Twelve years ago, we transformed our grantmaking to focus on advocacy for systems change. From our field-building approach to advocacy we learned that it takes all kinds of capacities to move an advocacy agenda. We need policy analysts, strategic communicators, coalition builders, community organizers and others. However, there are certain parts of the field that are under resourced. Community organizing is one of them. This is another reason for our deepening commitment to this part of the field.
- We agree with author adrienne marie brown that our movements are missing pleasure, and we need more rest, joy, healing, love, relationship and culture. We fight and struggle, and that is important. But, we also need fuel for the work. As such, we have been practicing healing justice internally and will more intentionally support healing justice externally in the coming years.
- While we have focused our work over the years on race and class, we have missed an important intersection that includes gender and gender identity. We are building the muscle to analyze issues and practice philanthropy in intersectional ways.
- Finally, we have battled with ourselves at each evolution of our work. Are we still a health foundation? We have asked that question an uncountable number of times. On the low, we still ask this question from time to time, but we are beginning to fully embrace that the work we do to disrupt longstanding systems undergirded by anti-Black racism and white supremacy IS health. There really is no health without justice.
We are excited to embark on a new journey. We are grateful for all the partners we have worked with along the way, especially our nonprofit partners who are listed in this annual report all of whom are working to advance racial equity and justice.
We look forward to the next 10 years.
STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
as of December 31, 2019 and 2018
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for the Years Ended December 31, 2019 and 2018
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