We believe 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 experimenting with approaches new to us. We’re also dedicated to sharing what we’re learning in order to strengthen our collective efforts toward health equity.
Lessons Learned from Engaging with Communities
In April 2018, we asked organizations to share insights from partnering with place- and identity-based communities across Washington State that are advancing 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 community-led groups in Seattle partnering to protect and build community wealth in the face of displacement, organizations shared what they have learned as they ensure those experiencing the impacts of inequitable policies and practices are at the center of solutions. See the myriad of community stories and insights.
To inform our efforts, 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 support, learn from, and partner with communities in the journey towards health equity.
As a relatively new foundation, we have relied on various resources to inform and guide our learning journey. Whether examining movements for collective action, learning about generational trauma experienced by communities of color, or reviewing examples of philanthropic efforts to center health equity, we hope these resources enhance and deepen your own work. We welcome your suggestions for additional resources.