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Message From The Chairman and The President:
A Full Commitment To Equity
Throughout our careers, we have been struck by the fact that life in our society is simply not fair. We do not all have the same access to the resources necessary to meet our basic needs or to opportunities to realize our dreams.
Southern California is a place practically built on hopes and dreams. Our region has long offered the promise of education, jobs, homes, and healthy lifestyles. Like our founder, Ben Weingart, people seeking opportunity have journeyed here—from across the country and around the world—full of hope for something better for their families and their future.
But far too many who saw Southern California as a place of opportunity have been disappointed. Across the region, people are struggling daily for the things some take for granted—safe streets, good jobs, access to health care, affordable housing, and a quality education for our families. To read the full message, click here.
Vice President’s Message
Equity in Action: The Expanding Opportunity Fund
Our recently announced, full commitment to equity signifies a long-term commitment to base all of our policy and program decisions on achieving the goal to advance fairness, inclusion, and opportunity for all Southern Californians, especially those communities hit hardest by persistent poverty.
This equity commitment is a logical extension of our historical practices, as our Foundation has always prioritized supporting organizations that serve those in need. Now, we will deepen our efforts by identifying opportunities to make greater investments in those people and communities facing the most entrenched challenges. This will mean working with our nonprofit partners in new ways and experimenting with different strategies. To read the full message, click here.