Dear Triangle area nonprofit community:
The protests and civil unrest recently are an unmistakable and painful reminder of the systemic racism impacting Black men, women, and children that continues to exist across our nation, states, and communities.
We are reminded that it is not enough to be “not racist”. We must explicitly speak out against the racism, violence, and injustice faced by George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and far too many others killed before them. We must also confront the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 has had on Black communities. We certainly don’t have all of the answers and empty words are not helpful. But we do know that we cannot be silent. We must step forward to do our part in our Triangle community.
ESC of the Triangle, its Board, Staff, and dozens of qualified volunteer coaches and consultants, stands in solidarity with those on the frontlines in communities across the nation peacefully calling for the dismantling of structurally racist systems, insisting upon justice, and demanding an end to violence against Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color. Although ESC has previously taken action to better embrace equity and inclusion in its Board, Staff, and consulting pool, we recognize that such action is not enough.
As part of our efforts to do more, the Board of Directors is taking the following steps:
- Updating our statements of Mission, Vision, and Core Values to better reflect our commitments.
- Recommitting to our goal of having at least half of the Board and Staff identifying as non-caucasion.
- Adjusting our resource development plans to allow more scholarships for under resourced and disadvantaged nonprofits.
- Holding ourselves accountable for any unintended consequences of our policies and actions.
To those of you leading and organizing during this critical time, please know that we stand with you, committed fully to the work to build just, equitable, resilient and sustainable communities through our work.
With optimism and actions for stronger tomorrows,
ESC of the Greater Triangle
Board of Directors