Skin color. Ethnic background. Country of origin. These are only a few characteristics often used to pass unqualified judgements on people – whether consciously or unconsciously. Such racial bias can suppress opportunities for people of color or disregard the needs of those who appear “different.” Throughout history, racism and oppression have perpetuated social, economic and systemic inequity. Discrimination has incited violence and inflicted trauma, dividing families, friends, communities and countries. It still does.
As the current racial divide spills into streets with renewed protests and demands for equity, we cannot idly wait for inclusivity to come. We must act – united – to reshape the institutions and policies that allow injustice. We must address systemic disparity, promote political justice and hold public officials accountable. We must elevate unheard voices and support those seeking to better integrate marginalized groups into our communities. The time to address racial equity is now.
To better understand how and why the country is at this critical time of reckoning, we have to educate ourselves on our nation's systems of oppression, its history and its policies. We must educate our youth, encouraging a new generation of activists for positive systemic change.
Let’s change what the future of “normal” looks like.
Race, justice, COVID-19 efforts
Organizations for racial equity & social justice
Census: What’s at stake, make our voices count
Civic Participation: Engage & vote for the future
We hope that the preliminary readings below help you better understand racial disparity and move you into action. We'll continue adding more resources to this list.
- TED talk: How racial bias works — and how to disrupt it
- Bryan Stevenson on the Frustration Behind the George Floyd Protests
- Resources to Combat Structural Racism in America
- COVID-19 - Racial Equity & Social Justice Resources
- Virtual Roundtable: MLK Advisor Dr. Clarence B. Jones on Racism, Protests, and the Path Ahead
- Black deaths at the hands of law enforcement are linked to historical lynching
- The Grief That White Americans Can’t Share
- Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City
- The Case for Reparations
Tools & Organizations for Change
- Anguish and Action: A guide from the Obama Foundation
- A criminal justice expert’s guide to donating effectively now
- Project Implicit: Take a test on implicit bias
- Racial Equity Tools
- President’s Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy
- Greenlining Institute
- Race Forward
Race and Homelessness in Santa Clara County
SVCF readers, including CEO Nicole Taylor, recommend these books:
- BIASED: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, PhD
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Race Matters by Cornel West
- In the Shadow of Race: Jews, Latinos, and Immigrant Politics in the United States by Victoria Hattam
- Between the World and Me by Ta-nehisi Coates
- Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X Kendi
Juneteenth has primarily been celebrated in the African American community – but this year presents a vital opportunity to inform a wider audience of its importance and encourage more people to understand that injustice and oppression still flourish in the U.S. and must be addressed by all in our country.
- What is Juneteenth? Black America's story of liberation
- What is Juneteenth? By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
- 12 Things You May Not Know About Juneteenth
- National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Virtual Juneteenth Celebration
- The New York Times’ 1619 Project
- The National Memorial for Peace and Justice
- Talking About Race
In early June, philanthropic leaders —including our CEO— signed a joint statement to partner against anti-black racism.
Read the statement from ABFE ›
SVCF has also allied with Silicon Valley funders in a pledge to re-center our focus on communities of color.
Read the pledge ›
SVCF's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is reflected in our work across multiple initiatives since our founding in 2007. Under our recently completed strategic planning process, we have established priorities focusing on addressing systemic disparities, fostering a strong and engaged community, building a culture and practice of effective philanthropy in our region, and become the trusted and enduring institution this community deserves.
All of our work will be centered on creating a equitable communities and systems that will allow all Silicon Valley residents to lead financially secure, safe and fulfilling lives. We hold a vision of a Silicon Valley where everyone can thrive.
In the News
Select pieces from our work:
- A win for racial equity: Governor signs bill banning discrimination in court damages awards
- How SVCF, educators and community members changed the law and the future for California’s students
- Seeking diversity in our investment managers
- Giving young men of color a better chance at employment by 'banning the box'
- The Bay Area Muslim Study: Establishing Identity and Community