Communities most impacted by inequities should be at the center of developing solutions. We are committed to lifting up and learning from the lived experiences and practices of others. As communities share wisdom and insights from their lives and work, we are reexamining what we thought we knew and articulating how we will approach our work. We are also dedicated to sharing what we are learning in order to strengthen our collective efforts toward health equity.
A Year on the Road
Seeking guidance from community and tribal leaders, Foundation staff traveled to all of Washington’s 39 counties. A Year on The Road report shares the insights and advice we received from leaders and organizations at the forefront of powerful work to address the root causes of inequities—organizations led by people of color, Indigenous people, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and people experiencing poverty.
In April 2018, we asked organizations across the state to share insights from engaging identity- and place-based communities to advance equity. The Lessons Learned report highlights how organizations are building collective power, developing community-led solutions, transforming organizational culture, deepening accountability, and strengthening democracy. From Native-led efforts to revitalize the Salish languages spoken in the Columbian plateau to Black-led groups working to build community wealth in the face of displacement, explore the community reports that formed the basis of the report.
As the Foundation was just getting started, we convened a Community Engagement Learning Collaborative comprised of leaders from across Washington State with deep experience advocating and organizing with communities. This Shifting Power report shares perspectives from the collaborative on how the Foundation—and philanthropy in general—can better support, learn from, and partner with communities in the journey toward health equity.