North American Philanthropy: United to Leave No One Behind

Shared Statement out of Mexico City for Philanthropic Leaders
Monday, February 12, 2018
Arlington, VA

More than 200 leaders from across North America gathered in Mexico City for the inaugural North American Community Foundations Summit on February 5-6, 2018.

Out of this historic gathering, the Council on Foundations and event co-hosts Community Foundations of Canada and Comunalia from Mexico launched a shared statement of commitment to connect, learn, and exchange across borders in order to leave no one behind and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in all communities. 

Below is the statement in English and Spanish - please sign-on if you wish to join in solidarity with philanthropic leaders from the US, Mexico, Canada and around the world to commit to reducing poverty and increasing opportunity for all across North America. 

North American Philanthropy: United to Leave No One Behind 

As philanthropic leaders from across North America, we are united in our commitment to build sustainable and welcoming communities that ‘leave no one behind.’ Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals, we will continue to work to reduce poverty, increase opportunity, build resilient economies, and protect the natural environment in Mexico, Canada and the United States.

Community foundations are critically important local leaders who bring a wealth of knowledge to driving change locally. To address the systemic challenges impacting our communities, we are committed to building coalitions with government, business, the nonprofit sector and others to bring together local voices and create a world that is more equitable for future generations.

In 2018 and beyond, we must connect with, learn from and share our experiences with peers around the world. More than ever, the challenges we face are universal and span across geographic borders. Today, we are also more connected globally than ever before. Rather than succumb to any desire to turn inward, we believe our collective power lies in building learning bridges across the divides that often disconnect us, and empowering a global community where solutions span not just borders, but cultures, ethnicities, religions, politics, racial and economic backgrounds.

Out of this historic summit in Mexico City, we commit to strengthening global connections that help us improve the quality of life for all in our communities.

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Filantropía Norteamericana: Unidos Para No Dejar a Nadie Atrás

Como líderes de la filantropía en el América del Norte, nos unimos en nuestro compromiso de construir comunidades abiertas y sostenibles, que "no dejen a nadie atrás". En línea con los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible, continuaremos trabajando en la reducción de la pobreza, la creación de oportunidades, la construcción de economías resilientes y la protección del medio ambiente en México, Canadá y Estados Unidos.

Las fundaciones comunitarias son actores críticos en importancia que acercan una gran riqueza de conocimiento para impulsar el cambio a nivel local. Para atender los retos sistémicos que impactan a nuestras comunidades, nos comprometemos a generar alianzas estratégicas con el gobierno, la iniciativa privada, la sociedad civil organizada y otros, a fin de reunir las voces de las comunidades para crear un mundo mas equitativo para las generaciones futuras.

En el 2018 y el futuro, debemos conectarnos, aprender y compartir nuestras experiencias con nuestros pares en el mundo.  Ahora mas que nunca, los retos que enfrentamos son universales y rebasan las fronteras geográficas. En lugar de sucumbir a la tentación de mirar únicamente por nuestros propios intereses, creemos que el poder colectivo reside en aprender a tender puentes sobre las diferencias que nos desconectan, y empoderar una comunidad global en la que las soluciones superen no solo las fronteras, sino que abarquen a todas las culturas, orígenes étnico-raciales, religiones, visiones políticas y condiciones económicas.

Como resultado de esta cumbre histórica en la Ciudad de México, nos comprometemos a fortalecer conexiones globales que faciliten el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida en todas nuestras comunidades.

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