Happy New Year from blustery New England!

With you, we look forward with great anticipation to what 2018 has in store for each of us as individuals and as members of the many affiliations/organizations which give our lives meaning, belonging, and a sense of purpose. As much as we are drawn to the “new” in the New Year, more often than not the new is less of a dramatic blank slate and more of a subtle shift, a turning away or to, a reformatting that weaves patterns from the past into what is emerging in the still-forming present.

I recently heard the term “present future” which captures well the feeling we all feel at the dawn of a new year – the road ahead is not crystal clear or all mapped out but in the present moment we are able to hold onto what brought us here and what will take us there…

As we turn a page on the New Year, we feel this dynamism of continuity/change shaping our path as we continue a process we began last year to step back and review where we have been as a foundation and where we are heading. We are still in transition but have some new news to share!

Welcome Aboard Lisa Jackson as Managing Partner
Resuming Our Regular Grantmaking in Q2 
Doubling Down On “Gender Balance”

We hope your 2018 is off to a good start and that you are looking forward to the continuity and change of the year ahead. Whatever the particular problem that is top of mind for you as you head into 2018, it’s solution requires getting out of our perennial proclivity for silos to work together toward more holistic, interdependent solutions to untangle ourselves from the ancient roots of these problems to reclaim and clarify the deeper human ideals that unite us.

As grave as our problems seem, we continue to bank on the goodwill and capacity of human beings to come together around our shared values and tangible solutions to both alleviate suffering and injustice and address the deeper roots which create conditions for exploitation in all its forms. We will be reaching out to many of you this winter to schedule in-person or skype meetings to introduce you to Lisa and explore what’s next in our work together to do our part to co-create a world that is more humane and just where no one is expected to sit in the back of any bus or stay silent in the face of any injustice.

“This is a kairos [opportune] moment. Heaven help us if we miss it.”
~ Belinda Bauman, Co-launcher of #SilenceIsNotSpititual