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Giving Compass' Take:
• Philanthropic leaders are calling on other foundations, government, and business leaders to think about how they can collectively change the path forward by focusing on systems change.
• How are you incorporating systems change in your philanthropic response to COVID-19?
• Read more about the roots of philanthropic systems change.
Too many people in our home state of North Carolina are struggling to survive as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on their health, financial stability, schools, and communities. As the pandemic rages on, we also see thousands of residents protesting George Floyd’s murder and the injustices and racism that have permeated all aspects of our society for far too long. Charity is not enough to make a long-term difference.
We must begin laying the groundwork for what comes after this uncertain moment. We have the opportunity to reinvent what we want our state to look like and reform the systems that have failed many of our most vulnerable residents — communities of color, rural residents, elders, children, and families with low incomes.
Like many foundations in our state and around the country, The Duke Endowment and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust moved quickly in the early months of the public health crisis and released millions of dollars to address urgent needs in the state, including food scarcity, housing insecurity, and inadequate healthcare supplies.
No matter how quickly we move, however, COVID-19 and the nationwide protests spotlight have amplified inequities that existed long before today.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people of color are disproportionately impacted by this virus. They’re more likely to be hospitalized or die from the disease. Latinos are almost three times as likely to be uninsured; African Americans are twice as likely to lack insurance.
We also have learned that many residents with lower incomes are essential — risking their lives so that others can ride the bus, buy groceries, or visit the doctor. A lack of access to affordable housing, reliable transportation, and personal protective equipment puts vulnerable residents in jeopardy.
As philanthropic leaders, we are calling on other foundations, government, and business leaders to think about how we, collectively, can change the path forward.
Read the full article about systems change by Dr. Laura Gerald and Rhett Mabry at PhilanTopic.