This Week with Change - February 1, 2019

Our weekly digest of client news and events.

Client News
We’re excited to announce and celebrate Rosenberg Foundation’s launch of the 2019 - 2021 formation of the Leading Edge Fund fellows. These nine remarkable individuals are working to tackle deep barriers to opportunities for communities of color around the state. Congratulations to Eddy Zheng, Gina Clayton-Johnson, Jessica Nowlan, Lian Cheun, Malachi Garza, Ramla Sahid, Taina Vargas-Edmond, Tamisha Walker and Vonya Quarles for being recognized for your tireless dedication and commitment to equity and justice for our communities.

Change Consulting worked with the Rosenberg Foundation to support the rollout of this new formation of fellows through a communications plan that included content, digital, earned media strategies, as well as an event at the Museum of the African Diaspora to celebrate and welcome the fellows. Read more about the Leading Edge Fund and join the conversation at #LeadingEdgeFund.

Conversations We’re Following
This week, the National Committee for Regional Philanthropy covered the ongoing conversation on the need for foundations to engage grantees and the communities they serve. “The most effective foundations go beyond listening to actively sharing power in order to co-determine the best interventions with their grantees and the communities they are part of.” We’ll be following this important discussion around power dynamics, the need for empathic listening and the importance of incorporating voices that are so often left out of these conversations.

Change We Applaud
While there is still much work to be done towards comprehensive criminal justice reform, the New York Times highlighted strategies and policies in California that can serve as an example for the rest of the country, including reduction in incarceration rates, minimizing penalties for certain crimes and how we use data on crime rates.

In Case You Missed It
Is California really as progressive as we think? According to the NYTimes coverage of the ‘Race Counts’ Report by the Advancement Project, there are a number of improvements to be made. When measuring key quality of life issues, such as education, housing and and economic opportunity the report highlights “how pronounced the factor of race is” and that we, as a state, have some work to do to achieve equity and equality.

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