Investing in Systems Change
Our communities, particularly our Gateway Cities in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, are facing enormous challenges: the racial wealth gap is widening, economic opportunity is declining, and economic mobility—which has historically been fleeting for communities of color—is stalled. Housing and workforce opportunities are limited, especially for people of color, women, LGBTQ+, Veterans and people with disabilities.
Recognizing the scarcity of resources available and the tremendous work ahead for organizations focused on the critical drivers of Economic Inclusion and Mobility, we have committed a significant portion of our giving to sustain and advance their work. We seek to eliminate inequities in our region by supporting local organizations dedicated to advancing equity and affecting systemic and sustained change. We join a growing number of community partners working toward a vision where society stops perpetuating centuries-old social and economic hierarchies and works toward a vision of a thriving regional economy and community where these hierarchies are dismantled and systems of oppression based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, parental income, ZIP code or other elements of difference and resulting disparities are eliminated so that these distinctions are no longer predictors of economic outcomes for our neighbors.
We have selected mutually reinforcing strategy areas where the combination of our philanthropy, volunteerism and advocacy can have the greatest impact:
- Advancing equity in the small business ecosystem
- Enriching early childhood development
- Securing safe and affordable housing
- Promoting workforce development
- Innovations in economic inclusion and mobility