In a Global Pandemic, What Does it Mean to Thrive?
At Communities Foundation of Texas, we’re constantly asking “What is ours to do?”
In April, we answered the question by launching Philanthropy 360, a podcast for nonprofits and others striving to build thriving communities through health, wealth, living and learning. The first season of the podcast focused on all things related to the community response to COVID-19 and the recognition that we needed to find ways to keep a clear path to thriving, even though our primary instincts were to survive. Through the voices of external and internal partners, we learned how complicated it is to meet the myriad of needs during a public health crisis, but also just how big the heart of North Texas is when it comes to meeting those needs.
Then, in the midst of a pandemic, several moments happened; the moment we learned of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery while he was out for a jog; the moment we heard about the killing of Breonna Taylor in her own home; the moment we saw the killing of George Floyd beneath the knee of a police officer. The painful crack of the nation’s collective heartbreak around the killings of these and countless other Black people loudly called out to us. We recognized the existence of racial injustice in the narratives of these events and, once again asked, “What is ours to do?” We decided to focus Season 2 on the virus of racism.
Season 2 will feature CFT's Chief Philanthropy Officer, Sarah Cotton Nelson in candid conversations with Black nonprofit leaders in North Texas. We'll hear from Antoine Joyce of All Stars Project of Dallas; Jerry Hawkins of Dallas Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation; Demetria McCain of Inclusive Communities Project, and more to be announced soon.