We recently launched the Andre Ellison Equity Fund, developed to support the outstanding work of organizations led by people with lived experience of homelessness and/or people of color – those who best know the needs of their community. The Fund intends to share power with those most impacted, elevating new solutions and perspectives previously left out. This GivingTuesday we’re amplifying the work of our first cohort of grantees who are helping us grow a more diverse and inclusive system.
Ending homelessness requires collaboration across our community, and we have to do more than simply invite participation to reach everyone in need. Structural racism has led to the systemic underfunding of nonprofits led by people of color – often keeping organizations and individuals with valuable lived experience from having decision-making power in improving their communities. In order to create a state-of-the-art Supportive Housing System in Santa Clara County, we must invest more resources directly in the leaders who understand what it means not to have a stable place to live.
Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past ten years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate and celebrate generosity. If you’re in the position to do so, please consider giving to these vital community organizations this #GivingTuesday: