An open letter to our community

The attacks on our African American community over the past several months have been horrific, heartbreaking, and unrelenting – but even worse, it is the reality that people of color have endured for generations. It is not new. It is not isolated. The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by police violence and the lynching of Ahmaud Arbery are the evidence of oppression that is widespread and systemic.

The likelihood of being a victim of violence because you are a person of color and identify as LGBTQ, in particular Black transgender women, is staggeringly high. At least a dozen transgender and gender non-conforming people have been murdered so far this year.

It has been going on far too long and the response we are seeing is far overdue.

Equity and inclusion are a core part of our mission. What we’ve seen recently, unfortunately, confirms that we have a long, long way to go. It confirms that we as a people have not been nearly urgent enough.

But we have an opportunity to ensure that the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others were not in vain. We can honor their memories by fighting to change the systems and the culture that led to their deaths. It begins with a pledge.

We pledge to be part of the solution. We are working hand-in-hand with community organizations to meet the immediate needs of populations most impacted by racism, injustice, and inequity, as well as working with community leaders on systemic solutions. We are providing resources to organizations that are addressing the injustices and inequities that exist in education, employment, and health care. Through our Springmatter Fund, which was created with this mission in mind, we are redoubling our efforts.

There is a lot of healing that needs to be done. It starts with listening. Many are suffering from the trauma of the past few months. The violence and abuse of power not only creates fear, but a hopelessness about the future – especially among our young people. We are dedicated to providing safe and inclusive spaces and helping to replace fear and uncertainty with hope.

Black Lives Matter and black lives are at stake. We are committed to help bring lasting change and working with you to create a more just and equitable world.

OPEN MINDS | OPEN HEARTS | OPEN WORLDS

OPEN MINDS

Learn how we work with K-12 educators to develop lesson plans, workshops, and educational resources that demonstrate the power of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

OPEN HEARTS

Learn how we work with schools, community organizations, and businesses to promote a greater understanding of diverse populations and ensure all people are seen and heard.

OPEN WORLDS

Learn more about the development of our OPEN WORLDS network of communities, schools, and companies committed to breaking down barriers to learning and making information accessible to all.

What we’re doing today

  • Developing the OPEN WORLDS Educator Portal to make environmental, weather, and climate resources more widely available to educators, students, and the general public.
  • Collaborating with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute on their Liberation Curriculum and educational resources on the African American Freedom Struggle.
  • Supporting community organizations that help marginalized and under-represented populations share their stories and experiences.
  • Creating opportunities for diverse populations to share their talents with the world through our network of companies, community organizations, and schools.
  • Providing funding and other critical resources to organizations supporting at-risk youth and the communities where they live.

Our Core Values

EMBRACE DIVERSITY

We celebrate our differences and understand the value each person brings to the workplace and our world; we encourage everyone to live authentically and be true to themselves.

EQUALITY & EQUITY

We embrace the self-evident truth of equality and the need for equity, as we want everyone to reach their full potential.

BRIDGING GAPS

We realize we do not all share the same worldview and we are not all at the same point on our journeys, so we strive to reach out to others where they are and build bridges of understanding.

STANDING UNITED

We believe in the power of collaboration and that if all marginalized communities stand up for one another, we can achieve equality and equity for all.

PURPOSEFUL LIVING

We are driven by the knowledge that every person can have a meaningful impact and we strive to empower people with education, training, and resources to accomplish their goals.

Take the First Step

COMPANIES

We’re mobilizing companies and organizations to stand up for social justice, civil rights, and human rights and letting their voices be heard.

COMMUNITIES

We’re reinforcing the important work of community organizations dedicated to serving at-risk youth and diverse populations.

SCHOOLS

We’re fortifying schools with educational materials, workshops, and resources that create safe, welcoming learning environments for all.

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