The Satterberg Foundation strengthens our communities by promoting a just society and a sustainable environment. Doing this work deepens the interconnection of our family. We envision a world in balance with vibrant communities in which all people enjoy the opportunity to grow and thrive. In order to be transparent, trustworthy stewards of the Satterberg Foundation’s resources we state and affirm the following values: Integrity, Community, Joy, Compassion, Respect, Responsibility, Life Long Learning and Moral Courage.

Seattle March & Rally for Black Lives, June 3, 2020
Photo Taken By Juliet Le

The recent murders of Black people at the hands of police is yet again another moment that demands we reflect on society and ourselves. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic, recession, and rising unemployment, viral racism and police brutality are colliding together and baring to the world the deep, historic inequities Black people face in our nation. Our organization stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the organizations and individuals combatting injustice and systemic racism. We support BIPOC individuals speaking up to have their voices heard and demand change, and we advocate alongside communities in removing barriers so that all people may grow and thrive.

This current moment is not new; it is a response to the centuries of oppression and the pain caused from the lineage of Black lives that have been stolen—and that continue to be stolen—by systems deeply rooted in white supremacy. We acknowledge that as a philanthropic organization and as a society, we must center those most impacted in our work and listen with open hearts. We must continue to reflect on how we are showing up as individuals and organizations, and to be informed by others about what is missing in our work and intentions.

We must also ask ourselves if we are doing enough. At Satterberg, the Board and Staff have been learning by walking along our racial equity journey. We continue to ask ourselves if we are doing enough to promote a just society and sustainable environment, and how we are stewarding social capital. We aspire to practice humility, recognizing our position of power as a funding partner. Satterberg’s Board and Staff will meet later this month. We will use this time to dive deeper into conversations about how to better steward our resources to ensure BIPOC organizations have the capacity to enact community-led solutions and address systems change work. We will also continue our conversation about what it truly takes to become an anti-racist organization and affirm our commitments. We acknowledge and affirm that Satterberg Foundation has a role to play in the dismantling of white supremacy and institutional racism.

This crisis is escalating a conversation on the function and approaches of our society. We take our role as stewards of resources seriously, so that we are accountable and transparent in our responsibility to those we are in partnership with and to the manifestation of the Foundation’s mission. We respect our relationship with all of you and we continue to stand with organizations and individuals using their voice every day, for decades, to bend society’s arc toward justice.

In Solidarity,

Sarah Walczyk

Executive Director

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