Sustaining Our Work by Signing Off

Sustaining Our Work by Signing Off

By: Funders for LGBTQ Issues Staff on August 26, 2021

The entire Funders for LGBTQ Issues staff will be taking a break from August 30th – September 6th, 2021. This organization-wide pause reflects Funders’ ongoing commitment to care and wellness for our team and our goal of sustaining our work in the face of dispiriting realities.
Intentional policies and practices to encourage rest and wellness in our movements are needed now more than ever. While we may long to return to a sense of pre-pandemic normalcy, we also know that we cannot return to that normal. The pandemic rages on, fueled by long-standing inequities in access to healthcare in the United States and around the world. Our communities navigate the uncertainty and impacts of a changing climate. Deeply rooted Anti-Black racism and the crisis of police brutality continue to harm and exhaust those fighting for racial justice. Vicious attacks on transgender communities – particularly youth – continue to gain power. These crises demand profound shifts in our systems and resist easy solutions. If we are to make progress toward advancing justice for our communities, rest, reflection, and wellbeing must be a part of our strategy. To quote Tricia Hersey of The Nap Ministry, “rest is a form of resistance because it disrupts and pushes back against capitalism and white supremacy.”
We are grateful to those in our network who are leading the field in advancing collective care practices and healing justice. We invite you to explore the resources below and to reflect on how you can support holistic wellness for your team and the organizations you fund.
  • The Healing Justice: Building Power, Transforming Movements report produced by the Astraea Foundation for Lesbian Justice in partnership with the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund is an excellent resource and includes critical recommendations for grantmakers.
  • The Funders for Justice Healing Justice Strategy Group gathers important recommendations and examples of practical healing justice work in this recent article.
  • At this year’s Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy virtual conference, Pride Foundation CEO Katie Carter spoke with Keri Gray and Storme Grey about how institutions can implement policies of care. This recap of the session, Collective Loss, Collective Care: What We Need From Our Institutions, contains specific learnings from the disability justice community and concrete recommendations for foundations.
When we are back in the office on September 7th, we look forward to continuing our work together and sharing opportunities for you to get to know Saida Agostini-Bostic, who started her tenure as the next President of Funders for LGTBQ Issues earlier this month.
Image note: Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

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