We Stand in Solidarity: A Statement from the Sheltering Arms Foundation
It has been a little over a week since the senseless killing of George Floyd and like all community members, the staff and board of the Sheltering Arms Foundation are trying to address overwhelmingly intense reactions. We both grieve and are outraged by the actions of the police. We see the forces of institutionalized racism that led to the murder of Mr. Floyd in the communities we fund and care about and the impact on the lives of children in those communities.
The opportunity gap between children of color and their white peers in Minnesota is greater than anywhere else in the country. Covid-19 has deeply impacted communities of color in Minnesota. We commit to continued efforts to dismantle institutionalized racism and to address how it impacts our organization as well as the broader field of philanthropy. We call for justice for George Floyd and for all who are victimized by racist policies and actions in our communities. We commit to being a part of the effort to build a more just Minnesota.
The Board and Staff of The Sheltering Arms Foundation