Reasons for Hope

#ReasonsForHope

Our country is facing a defining moment. Recent violence in communities across the country have stirred feelings of discord and despair, leaving many Americans wondering how we’ll find a way forward.

From our History, Hope

On August 1, more than three dozen foundations kicked off a nationwide campaign, #ReasonsForHope, to encourage people across the country to break through the darkness and find a path toward our ideals of dignity, equality, and justice.

Already, this campaign has given voice to thousands of stories of optimism. On social media, the campaign’s hashtag #ReasonsForHope trended on Twitter as people responded enthusiastically. Some saw hope in efforts to curtail violence. Some saw hope in a push for a more inclusive society. One person saw hope in the smile of her godson.

These are the stories of inspiration that animate philanthropy and build a better, stronger society. The Council is proud to join our colleagues in this campaign because, every day, foundations get to work with remarkable, inspiring community leaders who are looking to create hope. We are now supporting the campaign by keeping the momentum of the day and spreading this message to a wider national audience.

JOIN THE REASONS FOR HOPE CAMPAIGN

The launch of the campaign was phase one. We are now asking you and other charitable sector colleagues to join us in calling for more bridges of dialogue and fewer barriers of division.

1. Sign On

Please email reasonsforhope@cof.org to let us know if you’d be willing to put your name on this message. We will be gathering signatories to increase the reach of this important message.

2. Spread the Word

Please consider encouraging your grantees and networks to share their #ReasonsForHope. We also encourage you to download and share these images on your social networks:

3. Share Your Reasons

Foundation leaders have a unique ability to catalyze action within their communities. As a foundation leader, your story matters. Please consider sharing your own reasons for hope using #ReasonsForHope on social media and/or leaving your stories in the comments section below.

#ReasonsforHope Original Signatories

Randy Royster
Albuquerque Community Foundation
www.albuquerquefoundation.org

Earl Lewis
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
www.mellon.org

Patrick McCarthy
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
www.aecf.org

Kevin Jennings
Arcus Foundation
www.arcusfoundation.org

James Canales
Barr Foundation
www.barrfoundation.org

John Davies
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
www.braf.org

Antonia Hernández
California Community Foundation
www.calfund.org

Robert Ross
California Endowment
www.calendow.org

Judy Belk
The California Wellness Foundation
www.calwellness.org

Vartan Gregorian
Carnegie Corporation of New York
www.carnegie.org

Ridgway White
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
www.mott.org

Sherry Ristau
Community Foundation of the Great River Bend
www.cfgrb.org

Mariam Noland
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
www.cfsem.org

Vikki Spruill
Council on Foundations
www.cof.org

Mary Jalonick
The Dallas Foundation
www.dallasfoundation.org

Carol Larson
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
www.packard.org

Edward Henry
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
www.ddcf.org

Darren Walker
Ford Foundation
www.fordfoundation.org

Sue Desmond-Hellmann
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
www.gatesfoundation.org

Larry Kramer
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
www.hewlett.org

Ann Stern
Houston Endowment
www.houstonendowment.org

Sherry Magill
Jessie Ball duPont Fund
www.dupontfund.org

Ellen Alberding
The Joyce Foundation
www.joycefdn.org

La June Montgomery Tabron
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
www.wkkf.org

Alberto Ibargüen
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
www.knightfoundation.org

Rip Rapson
The Kresge Foundation
www.kresge.org

Daniel Lee
Levis Strauss Foundation
www.levistrauss.com/levi-strauss-foundation/

Jamie Merisotis
Lumina Foundation
www.luminafoundation.org

Julia Stasch
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
www.macfound.org

Kate Wolford
The McKnight Foundation
www.mcknight.org

Linda Perryman Evans
The Meadows Foundation
www.mfi.org

Javier Soto
The Miami Foundation
www.miamifoundation.org

Sharon Alpert
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
www.nathancummings.org

Lorie Slutsky
New York Community Trust
www.nycommunitytrust.org

Stephen Heintz
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
www.rbf.org

Eric Jolly
The Saint Paul Foundation & Minnesota Community Foundation
www.saintpaulfoundation.org

Tony Mestres
Seattle Foundation
www.seattlefoundation.org

Emmett Carson
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
www.siliconvalleycf.org

Tonya Allen
Skillman Foundation
www.skillman.org

Phillip Henderson
Surdna Foundation
www.surdna.org

Additional Signatories

Cali Brooks
Adirondack Foundation
www.adirondackfoundation.org

Aleem Walji
Aga Khan Foundation USA
www.akfusa.org

Nancy L. Sasaki  
Alliance Healthcare Foundation 
www.alliancehealthcarefoundation.org

Jane Wales
Aspen Institute
www.aspeninstitute.org

Jen Ford Reedy
Bush Foundation
www.bushfoundation.org

Sandra Hernández
California Health Care Foundation
www.chcf.org

Kirk Windus
Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation
www.cattfoundation.org

Melissa Curtin
Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County
www.cfaac.org

Cathy Barrett
Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County
www.clevelandbradleyfoundation.org

Georgina Tegart
Community Foundation of Dunn County
www.cfdunncounty.org

Maryam Elahi
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
www.cfect.org

Jane Alexander
Community Foundation of Greater Jackson
www.cfgj.org

Brian Fogle
Community Foundation of the Ozarks
www.cfozarks.org

Linda Philipp
Community Foundation of San Joaquin
www.cfosj.org

Elizabeth Brown
Community Foundation Sonoma County
www.sonomacf.org

Stephen P. Warren 
Community Foundation of West Texas 
www.CFWTx.org

Rand E. Morgan
Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County
www.cfsgwc.org

Lukas Haynes
David Rockefeller Fund
www.drfund.org

Daniel Templin
DeKalb County Community Foundation
www.dekalbccf.org

James Head
East Bay Community Foundation
www.ebcf.org

Jamie F. Dixon
Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation
www.edythbush.org

Karen Neely Revels
Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, Rollins College
www.rollins.edu/ebi

Gretchen Veihl
ElderHelp
www.elderhelpofsandiego.org

Farhan Latif
El-Hibri Foundation
www.elhibrifoundation.org

Monique B. Jones
Evanston Community Foundation
www.evanstonforever.org

Sabeen Perwaiz
Florida Nonprofit Alliance
www.flnonprofits.org

Sandi Roehrig
Fond du Lac Area Foundation
www.fdlareafoundation.com

David L. Heymann
Fondation Merieux USA
www.fondation-merieuxusa.org

Dave Biemesderfer
Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers
www.givingforum.org

Carla Roberts
Fremont Area Community Foundation
www.facommunityfoundation.org

Melissa Diers
Fremont Area Community Foundation
www.facfoundation.org

Amy Goldman
GHR Foundation
www.ghrfoundation.org

Terry Simmers
GiveWell Community Foundation
www.givecf.org

Jane Wales
Global Philanthropy Forum
www.philanthropyforum.org

Diana Sieger
Grand Rapids Community Foundation 
www.grfoundation.org

Vern Henricks
Greater Manhattan Community Foundation 
www.manhattancf.org

Laura Glawe
Greater Milwaukee Foundation 
www.greatermilwaukeefoundation.org

Deborah M. DiCroce
Hampton Roads Community Foundation 
www.hamptonroadscf.org

Michael Rawl
Horizon Philanthropic Services, Inc.
www.horizonphilanthropic.com

Patrick Cleary
Humboldt Area Foundation
www.hafoundation.org

Kelly Ryan
Incourage Community Foundation 
www.incouragecf.org

Daniel J. Cardinali
Independent Sector
www.independentsector.org

Jess Ruzz
inNateGiving Project 
www.facebook.com/innategiving

Anne McEnany
International Community Foundation
www.icfdn.org

Jacqueline Garcel
Latino Community Foundation 
www.latinocf.org

Barbara Bartle
Lincoln Community Foundation
www.lcf.org

Trista Harris
Minnesota Council on Foundations
www.mcf.org

Michael Dively
Mukti Fund
www.muktifund.org

Gigi Hyland
National Credit Union Foundation
www.ncuf.coop

Yvonne Goldsberry
New Hampshire Endowment for Health
www.endowmentforhealth.org

Judy Sjostedt
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates
www.pacfwv.org

Eric P. Avner
People's Liberty
www.peoplesliberty.org

Elizabeth Powell
Racine Community Foundation
www.racinecommunityfoundation.org

Lynn Bohart
Renton Community Foundation
www.rentonfoundation.org

Dennis E. Noll
San Antonio Area Foundation 
www.saafdn.org

Edgar Villanueva
Schott Foundation for Public Education 
www.schottfoundation.org

Daniel Pitasky 
Schultz Family Foundation 
www.schultzfamilyfoundation.org

Chet Hewitt
Sierra Health Foundation
www.sierrahealth.org

Eric P. Avner
The Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./ U.S. Bank Foundation 
www.haileusb.org

Brandee McHale
The Citi Foundation
www.citigroup.com/citi/foundation

William W. Ginsberg
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
www.cfgnh.org

Janice Black
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
www.tfec.org

Becky Foerster
The Hagerman Foundation
www.thehagermanfoundation.org

Don Howard
The James Irvine Foundation
www.irvine.org

Mark J. Spalding
The Ocean Foundation
www.oceanfdn.org

Kathlyn Mead
The San Diego Foundation
www.sdfoundation.org

Fred Blackwell
The San Francisco Foundation
www.sff.org

Judith Shapiro
The Teagle Foundation
www.teaglefoundation.org

Kriss Deiglmeier 
Tides Organizations
www.tides.org

Keith Burwell
Toledo Community Foundation
www.Toledocf.org

Andy Carey
U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership
www.borderpartnership.org

Chris Mkhize
Uthungulu Community Foundation
www.ucf.org.za

Colleen Willoughby and N. Elizabeth McCaw
Washington Women’s Foundation
www.wawomensfoundation.org

Conny Bogaard
Western Kansas Community Foundation
www.wkcf.org

Diana Spencer
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
www.williamgmcgowanfund.org

Ginny Gasink
Williamsburg Community Foundation
www.williamsburgcommunityfoundation.org

Lee Roper-Batker
Women’s Foundation of Minnesota
www.wfmn.org

Comments

Hope is a powerful thing. For credit unions, whose motto is "People Helping People", hope means helping people improve their financial lives, one credit union member at a time. The National Credit Union Foundation is proud to work every day to inspire and support credit unions to make people's hope for a better financial future a reality.

Flint Forward is a movement inspired by the resilience of the people of Flint, MI. People are passionate about disrupting the current narrative surrounding the city. It's proving that, together the people of Flint can make it through seemingly insurmountable perils and come out the other side, stronger, prouder, better than ever. FlintFwd's mission is to inspire the community of people who call Flint home, to revitalize Flint and to prove that together we can move Flint Fwd. #Reasonsforhope #FlintFwd https://vimeo.com/176191133/8cc966b31b

Engaging people across all sectors to enhance what our community has to offer, especially in the areas of early childhood, employment skills and innovation, is what our community agenda, Prosper Lincoln, aims to do. This gives me hope. www.prosperlincoln.org #ProsperLincoln #ReasonsForHope

Across the US, 12 million students attend school in rural areas. While charger education has helped event the playing field in many urban areas, it has not yet made a significant difference for rural students, 25% of our total US student population. In many states, up to 70% of rural students live in poverty, compared to 50% in urban areas. In rural southern Delaware, for decades, students have been inadequately prepared for college, and fewer than 24% attend a four-year university. Sussex Academy was formed as a public charter school for grades 6-12 in 2012 to address this inequity. Funded by $32 million, half of which are private donations, and led by visionary philanthropist Joseph M. Schell, this school is proving that rural students are just as capable as any others, when challenged. Today, our students rank at the top statewide in every testing component, and in 2015 SA was ranked the best school in Delaware by the Delaware DOE. We are hopeful that Sussex Academy will be seen and used as a model for other rural areas. We cannot afford to waste the potential, values and strength of our rural students. This is a tremendous unmet opportunity for national foundations and the US DOE which, heretofore, has focused its attention and funding almost primarily toward urban charters.

The Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving. That means we spend a lot of time thinking about problems. Thinking about problems can be dispiriting and painful. That is particularly true when the problems directly affect the lives of our staff and their communities. But we also get to spend a lot of time with people who are taking on tough problems and working to make our communities better for everyone. That energizes us and it gives us hope. Through our fellowship work, we are reminded of the power of individual action. We see people who are finding creative ways to share stories of immigrant experiences. working to build a new movement of youth leadership among the people of Native nations. translating personal experience as a gang member and felon to help others see new possibilities for their lives. using music to bring people together across religious differences and find peaceful approaches to countering extremism. This gives us hope. Through our grant programs, we see institutions coming together in new ways to address community challenges. We see organizations that are working in radical collaboration to transform communities, from Northfield, Minn. to north Minneapolis. committing to bold collective goals, like eliminating homelessness, ending generational family violence and transforming the foster care system. incorporating Native language and traditions to make education and other systems more relevant and more effective. forging alliances of cross-sector leaders within cultural communities to advance larger community agendas. This gives us hope. We are glad to be part of the #ReasonsforHope campaign. When it is hardest to find hope is when we need it most.

31 talented college-aged students employed in PAID, meaningful summer work and engaging in their communities this summer in learning about issues, needs and action. The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF)’ Civic Leaders Fellowship Initiative is #reasonforhope. Hope that we can provide our next generation with #reasontostay by providing them with experience and helping them to build personal networks to strengthen their possibilities for success. In a state that has led the nation in population loss in recent years, this is #reasontohope that we can retain and gain population in the coming years. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vhT0Otsrqs

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