Update From the Foundation

Philanthropies Condemn Political Violence, Call on Leaders to Protect Democracy and Get Back to the People’s Business

January 11, 2021

Democracy Letter

A letter from philanthropists affirming the principles of a free, fair, and safe election season and asking fellow leaders to do the same.

The Compton Foundation signs on to call for philanthropy to protect democracy.

As representatives of nonpartisan philanthropic institutions, serving rural, urban, and suburban communities across the nation, we condemn the violence that broke out at the U.S. Capitol this week. The events in Washington are a stain on our nation’s history and a painful break in the peaceful transition of power that has been a defining hallmark of American democracy for more than 200 years.

The shameful events are the result of actions by President Trump and other political leaders who have recklessly fanned the flames of grievance. Those responsible for this deadly violence and insurrection must be held to account, and we call on Republican leaders, in particular, in government and media to unequivocally reject conspiracy theories and the actions of extremists who use violence. After hard-fought campaigns, extraordinary voter turnout, and the resolution of more than 60 election-related lawsuits, it is long past time for our nation to accept the results of the 2020 election so that our duly elected leaders — President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris and members of the 117th Congress — can move forward with addressing the nation’s pressing challenges.

Our organizations donate hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable causes each year to advance the common good. While we have different funding approaches, vary in our areas of focus, and are ideologically diverse, we share a belief in the importance of finding common ground to solve problems and serve people and communities. And while we may vary in our views on the size and scope of government, we share a belief that safeguarding the health, security, and rights of people and communities requires a government whose leaders can accept the election results, bridge divisions that have roiled our nation, work in good faith to forge solutions, and stand up for democracy.

As the U.S. faces the most dire global health emergency in 100 years, the worst economic crisis in modern history, and a racial reckoning overdue for centuries, it is time to move on from last year’s election, cease further delays in the transition of power, and turn to governance. To our duly elected leaders, we urge you to follow facts and let science lead the way toward solving the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you to listen to diverse voices — including those of people who have been overlooked, forgotten, and excluded, and who are facing persistent threats to their lives and livelihoods. We call on you to repair our tattered social fabric and help our democracy live up to its ideals. And we stand ready to work with you to move our country forward and increase opportunity for all who call it home.

Signatories (updated on a rolling basis, alphabetical by organizational affiliation)

Lateefah Simon, President
Akonadi Foundation

Elizabeth Alexander, President
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Anna Lefer Kuhn, Executive Director
Arca Foundation

Peter H. Taylor, President
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Andreas Hipple, Executive Director
Better Way Foundation

Gary Steuer, President and CEO
Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Paul Grogan, President and CEO
The Boston Foundation

Molly Schultz Hafid, Executive Director
Butler Family Fund

Dr. Robert K. Ross, CEO/President
The California Endowment

Judy Belk, President and CEO
The California Wellness Foundation

Vartan Gregorian, President
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Timothy J. Maloney, President and CEO
Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation

Steve and Jean Case, Chairman and CEO
The Case Foundation

Megan Thomas, Interim President & CEO
Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties and Philanthropy California

Phil Buchanan, President
The Center for Effective Philanthropy

David Weil, Co-President
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Ridgway White, President and CEO
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Monica Lozano, President and CEO
College Futures Foundation

Sean Gibbons, CEO
The Communications Network

Isaiah M. Oliver, President and CEO
Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Ellen Friedman, Executive Director
Compton Foundation

Karla Fortunato, President
Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

Kyle Caldwell, President & CEO
Council of Michigan Foundations

Kathleen P. Enright, President and CEO
Council on Foundations

Bailey Malone, Executive Director
CS Fund

Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO
David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Lukas Haynes, Executive Director
David Rockefeller Fund

Joe Goldman, President
Democracy Fund

Mike Berkowitz, Executive Director
Democracy Funders Network

Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director
Disability Rights Fund

Julie Chaiken, Vice President
Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation

Jasmine Gomez and David Moy, Co-Chairs
Drawing Democracy Fund

James W. Head, President and CEO
East Bay Community Foundation

Peter J. Taylor, President
ECMC Foundation

Jennifer Hoos Rothberg, Executive Director
Einhorn Collaborative

Trent Stamp, CEO
The Eisner Foundation

Andrea Cole, Executive Director and CEO
Ethel and James Flinn Foundation

Cathy Cha, President and CEO
Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Nancy Farese, Board Chair
F3 Foundation

Paulette Meyer, President
Faultline Foundation

Darren Walker, President
Ford Foundation

Kristin Purdy, Executive Director
Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

Patricia L. Smith, President & CEO
The Funders Network

Mark Schlesinger, Managing Trustee
Gaia Fund

Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director
General Service Foundation

David Abbott, President
The George Gund Foundation

Amy Goldman, CEO and Chair
GHR Foundation

Diana Sieger, President
Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Eddie Torres, President and CEO
Grantmakers in the Arts

Jen Algire, President & CEO
The Greater Clark Foundation

Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director
Groundswell Fund and Groundswell Action Fund

Nichole June Maher, President and CEO
Group Health Foundation

Rebekah Saul Butler and Leslie Dorosin, Co-Executive Directors
The Grove Foundation

Kristen Keely-Dinger, CEO
The Healing Trust

Deanna Gomby, President and CEO
Heising-Simons Foundation

Myron Miller, Trustee
Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation

Larry Kramer, President
Hewlett Foundation

Susan Hirsch, CEO/Executive Director
Hirsch Philanthropy Partners & Hellman Foundation

Melanca Clark, President and CEO
Hudson-Webber Foundation

Amy Klement, Managing Partner
Imaginable Futures

Jack Byrd, Jr., President
Interactivity Foundation

Dmitri Mehlhorn, Co-founder
Investing in US

Tiffany Lovett, President
Isabel Foundation

Don Howard, President and CEO
The James Irvine Foundation

Sara J Fertman, Director
Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation

Ben Cameron
President, Jerome Foundation

John Palfrey, President
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Amy Rabbino, Executive Director
John Pritzker Family Fund

Zelene Wilkins, Executive Director
Keller Foundation

Jennifer Rainin, CEO
Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Eileen Farbman, President
Kolibri Foundation

Kim Philbrick McCabe, Executive Director
The Klarman Family Foundation

Jason Franklin, Principal
Ktisis Capital

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO
Latino Community Foundation

Crystal Hayling, Executive Director
Susan Pritzker, Director
Libra Foundation

Aaron Dorfman, President
Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Board Chair
Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah

Lisa Stone Pritzker, President
Abigail Michelson-Porth, Executive Director
LSP Family Foundation

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO
Lumina Foundation

Paula Gruszynski, Executive Director
M&M Area Community Foundation

Justin Maxson, CEO
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Douglas Bitonti Stewart, Executive Director
Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Kate Levin Markel, President
McGregor Fund

Noa Staryk, Board Chair
McKnight Foundation

Amber French, Executive Director
Media Democracy Fund

Jenny Russell, Executive Director
Merck Family Fund

Susie Brown, President
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Kevin Dean, CEO
Momentum Nonprofit Partners

Nurit Siegel Smith, Executive Director
Music Forward Foundation

Nicholas Tedesco, President and CEO
National Center for Family Philanthropy

Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Nicholas C. Donohue, President and CEO
Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Michele Lord, President
NEO Philanthropy

Pamela D. Lewis, Executive Director
New Economy Initiative at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Dwayne Marsh, President & CEO
Northern California Grantmakers and Philanthropy California

Kevin Walker, President and CEO
Northwest Area Foundation

Jesse Beason, President and CEO
Northwest Health Foundation

Mike Kubzansky, CEO
Omidyar Network

Mark Malloch-Brown, President
Open Society Foundations

Connie Malloy, CEO
Panta Rhea Foundation

Erin Dale Byrd, Executive Director
The Partnership Funds

Alexandra I. Toma, Executive Director
Peace and Security Funders Group

Ralph Lewin, Executive Director
Peter E. Haas, Jr. Family Fund

Joanne Kelley, CEO
Philanthropy Colorado

Kristen Cambell, Executive Director
Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Ronna Brown, President
Philanthropy New York

Paul D. Daugherty, President and CEO
Philanthropy West Virginia

David Beckman, President
Pisces Foundation

Rachel Pritzker, President
Pritzker Innovation Fund

Philip Radford, Executive Director
Bethany B. Maki, Managing Director
Progressive Multiplier Fund

Sarah Williams, CEO
Propel Capital

Amy Berler, Chair
Propel Fund

Carrie Elston Tunick, President
The Prospect Hill Foundation

Paul Di Donato, President and CEO
Proteus Fund

Kathryn Murdoch, President
Quadrivium Foundation

Dennis Quirin, Executive Director
Raikes Foundation

Natasha Dolby, Vice President
The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund

Jennifer Roller, President
The Raymond John Wean Foundation

Stephen Heintz, President and CEO
Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Tim Silard, President
Rosenberg Foundation

Ruth Salzman, CEO
Russell Berrie Foundation

Raquel Thueme, President
Ruth Mott Foundation

Fred Blackwell, CEO
The San Francisco Foundation

Nicole Bagley, President of the Board of Trustees
The Sapelo Foundation

Sandy Herz, President
Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Board Chair
Sobrato Philanthropies

Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director
Solidaire Network

Julie Ridenour, President
Steelcase Foundation

Susie Sarlo, President
Susie Sarlo Family Fund

Chet P Hewitt, President and CEO
Sierra Health Foundation

Nicole Taylor, CEO and President
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Julie Kidd, Executive Director
Silver Giving Foundation

Tonya Allen, President and CEO
The Skillman Foundation

Donald Gips, CEO
Skoll Foundation

Christine Essel, President and CEO
Southern California Grantmakers and Philanthropy California

Sophie Fanelli, President
Stuart Foundation

Alexis Sant, President
The Summit Foundation

Don Chen, President
Surdna Foundation

Romilda Justilien, CEO
Tides Advocacy

Allan Oliver, Executive Director
Thornburg Foundation

David Biemesderfer, President and CEO
United Philanthropy Forum

Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director
Wallace Global Fund

Jamie Allison, Executive Director
Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Nicole Boucher, Vice President, Way to Win and Senior Advisor, Way to Rise
Way to Rise

Mark Van Putten, President & CEO
The Wege Foundation

Fred Ali, President and CEO
Weingart Foundation

Ed Kissam, Co-trustee
Werner-Kohnstamm Family Giving Fund

Janet Miller, President
WestWind Foundation

John Esterle and Pia Infante, Co-Executive Directors
The Whitman Institute

Alan S. Davis, Director
The WhyNot Initiative

Paul Beaudet, Executive Director
Wilburforce Foundation

Elizabeth Barajas-Román, President and CEO
Women’s Funding Network

Luis Arteaga, CEO
Y&H Soda Foundation

Allison L. Magee, Executive Director
Zellerbach Family Foundation

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