Jerome Signs on to Letter Condemning Political Violence

Jan 11, 2021



Philanthropies Condemn Political Violence, Call on Leaders to Protect Democracy and Get Back to the People’s Business

As representatives of nonpartisan philanthropic institutions, serving rural, urban, and suburban communities across the nation, we condemn the violence that broke out at the U.S. Capitol this week. The events in Washington are a stain on our nation’s history and a painful break in the peaceful transition of power that has been a defining hallmark of American democracy for more than 200 years.

The shameful events are the result of actions by President Trump and other political leaders who have recklessly fanned the flames of grievance. Those responsible for this deadly violence and insurrection must be held to account, and we call on Republican leaders, in particular, in government and media to unequivocally reject conspiracy theories and the actions of extremists who use violence. After hard-fought campaigns, extraordinary voter turnout, and the resolution of more than 60 election-related lawsuits, it is long past time for our nation to accept the results of the 2020 election so that our duly elected leaders — President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Harris and members of the 117th Congress — can move forward with addressing the nation’s pressing challenges.

Our organizations donate hundreds of millions of dollars to charitable causes each year to advance the common good. While we have different funding approaches, vary in our areas of focus, and are ideologically diverse, we share a belief in the importance of finding common ground to solve problems and serve people and communities. And while we may vary in our views on the size and scope of government, we share a belief that safeguarding the health, security, and rights of people and communities requires a government whose leaders can accept the election results, bridge divisions that have roiled our nation, work in good faith to forge solutions, and stand up for democracy.

As the U.S. faces the most dire global health emergency in 100 years, the worst economic crisis in modern history, and a racial reckoning overdue for centuries, it is time to move on from last year’s election, cease further delays in the transition of power, and turn to governance. To our duly elected leaders, we urge you to follow facts and let science lead the way toward solving the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you to listen to diverse voices — including those of people who have been overlooked, forgotten, and excluded, and who are facing persistent threats to their lives and livelihoods. We call on you to repair our tattered social fabric and help our democracy live up to its ideals. And we stand ready to work with you to move our country forward and increase opportunity for all who call it home.

Signatories as of 12 noon January 11, 2021 (alphabetical by organizational affiliation, live update of signatories here)

Lateefah Simon, President

Akonadi Foundation

Elizabeth Alexander, President

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Anna Lefer Kuhn, Executive Director

Arca Foundation

Peter H. Taylor, President

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Andreas Hipple, Executive Director

Better Way Foundation

Gary Steuer, President and CEO

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Paul Grogan, President and CEO

The Boston Foundation

Molly Schultz Hafid, Executive Director

Butler Family Fund

Dr. Robert K. Ross, CEO/President

The California Endowment

Judy Belk, President and CEO

The California Wellness Foundation

Vartan Gregorian, President

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Timothy J. Maloney, President and CEO

Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation

Steve and Jean Case, Chairman and CEO

The Case Foundation

Megan Thomas, Interim President & CEO

Catalyst of San Diego & Imperial Counties and Philanthropy California

Phil Buchanan, President

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

David Weil, Co-President

Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies

Ridgway White, President and CEO

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Monica Lozano, President and CEO

College Futures Foundation

Sean Gibbons, CEO

The Communications Network

Isaiah M. Oliver, President and CEO

Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Ellen Friedman, Executive Director

Compton Foundation

Karla Fortunato, President

Connecticut Council for Philanthropy

Kyle Caldwell, President & CEO

Council of Michigan Foundations

Kathleen P. Enright, President and CEO

Council on Foundations

Bailey Malone, Executive Director

CS Fund

Nancy Lindborg, President and CEO

David and Lucile Packard Foundation

Lukas Haynes, Executive Director

David Rockefeller Fund

Joe Goldman, President

Democracy Fund

Mike Berkowitz, Executive Director

Democracy Funders Network

Diana Samarasan, Founding Executive Director

Disability Rights Fund

Julie Chaiken, Vice President

Donald and Carole Chaiken Foundation

Jasmine Gomez and David Moy, Co-Chairs

Drawing Democracy Fund

James W. Head, President and CEO

East Bay Community Foundation

Peter J. Taylor, President

ECMC Foundation

Jennifer Hoos Rothberg, Executive Director

Einhorn Collaborative

Trent Stamp, CEO

The Eisner Foundation

Andrea Cole, Executive Director and CEO

Ethel and James Flinn Foundation

Cathy Cha, President and CEO

Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Nancy Farese, Board Chair

F3 Foundation

Paulette Meyer, President

Faultline Foundation

Darren Walker, President

Ford Foundation

Kristin Purdy, Executive Director

Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation

Patricia L. Smith, President & CEO

The Funders Network

Mark Schlesinger, Managing Trustee

Gaia Fund

Dimple Abichandani, Executive Director

General Service Foundation

David Abbott, President

The George Gund Foundation

Amy Goldman, CEO and Chair

GHR Foundation

Diana Sieger, President

Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Eddie Torres, President and CEO

Grantmakers in the Arts

Jen Algire, President & CEO

The Greater Clark Foundation

Vanessa Daniel, Executive Director

Groundswell Fund and Groundswell Action Fund

Nichole June Maher, President and CEO

Group Health Foundation

Rebekah Saul Butler and Leslie Dorosin, Co-Executive Directors

The Grove Foundation

Kristen Keely-Dinger, CEO

The Healing Trust

Deanna Gomby, President and CEO

Heising-Simons Foundation

Myron Miller, Trustee

Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation

Larry Kramer, President

Hewlett Foundation

Susan Hirsch, CEO/Executive Director

Hirsch Philanthropy Partners & Hellman Foundation

Melanca Clark, President and CEO

Hudson-Webber Foundation

Amy Klement, Managing Partner

Imaginable Futures

Jack Byrd, Jr., President

Interactivity Foundation

Dmitri Mehlhorn, Co-founder

Investing in US

Tiffany Lovett, President

Isabel Foundation

Don Howard, President and CEO

The James Irvine Foundation

Sara J Fertman, Director

Jeffrey H. and Shari L. Aronson Family Foundation

Ben Cameron

President, Jerome Foundation

John Palfrey, President

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Amy Rabbino, Executive Director

John Pritzker Family Fund

Zelene Wilkins, Executive Director

Keller Foundation

Jennifer Rainin, CEO

Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Eileen Farbman, President

Kolibri Foundation

Kim Philbrick McCabe, Executive Director

The Klarman Family Foundation

Jason Franklin, Principal

Ktisis Capital

Jacqueline Martinez Garcel, CEO

Latino Community Foundation

Crystal Hayling, Executive Director

Susan Pritzker, Director

Libra Foundation

Aaron Dorfman, President

Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Board Chair

Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah

Lisa Stone Pritzker, President

Abigail Michelson-Porth, Executive Director

LSP Family Foundation

Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO

Lumina Foundation

Paula Gruszynski, Executive Director

M&M Area Community Foundation

Justin Maxson, CEO

Mary Reynolds

Babcock Foundation

Douglas Bitonti Stewart, Executive Director

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Kate Levin Markel, President

McGregor Fund

Noa Staryk, Board Chair

McKnight Foundation

Amber French, Executive Director

Media Democracy Fund

Jenny Russell, Executive Director

Merck Family Fund

Susie Brown, President

Minnesota Council on Foundations

Kevin Dean, CEO

Momentum Nonprofit Partners

Nurit Siegel Smith, Executive Director

Music Forward Foundation

Nicholas Tedesco, President and CEO

National Center for Family Philanthropy

Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Nicholas C. Donohue, President and CEO

Nellie Mae Education Foundation

Michele Lord, President

NEO Philanthropy

Pamela D. Lewis, Executive Director

New Economy Initiative at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Dwayne Marsh, President & CEO

Northern California Grantmakers and Philanthropy California

Kevin Walker, President and CEO

Northwest Area Foundation

Jesse Beason, President and CEO

Northwest Health Foundation

Mike Kubzansky, CEO

Omidyar Network

Mark Malloch-Brown, President

Open Society Foundations

Connie Malloy, CEO

Panta Rhea Foundation

Erin Dale Byrd, Executive Director

The Partnership Funds

Alexandra I. Toma, Executive Director

Peace and Security Funders Group

Ralph Lewin, Executive Director

Peter E. Haas, Jr. Family Fund

Joanne Kelley, CEO

Philanthropy Colorado

Kristen Cambell, Executive Director

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement

Ronna Brown, President

Philanthropy New York

Paul D. Daugherty, President and CEO

Philanthropy West Virginia

David Beckman, President

Pisces Foundation

Rachel Pritzker, President

Pritzker Innovation Fund

Philip Radford, Executive Director

Bethany B. Maki, Managing Director

Progressive Multiplier Fund

Sarah Williams, CEO

Propel Capital

Amy Berler, Chair

Propel Fund

Carrie Elston Tunick, President

The Prospect Hill Foundation

Paul Di Donato, President and CEO

Proteus Fund

Kathryn Murdoch, President

Quadrivium Foundation

Dennis Quirin, Executive Director

Raikes Foundation

Natasha Dolby, Vice President

The Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund

Jennifer Roller, President

The Raymond John Wean Foundation

Stephen Heintz, President and CEO

Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Tim Silard, President

Rosenberg Foundation

Ruth Salzman, CEO

Russell Berrie Foundation

Raquel Thueme, President

Ruth Mott Foundation

Fred Blackwell, CEO

The San Francisco Foundation

Nicole Bagley, President of the Board of Trustees

The Sapelo Foundation

Sandy Herz, President

Lisa Sobrato Sonsini, Board Chair

Sobrato Philanthropies

Rajasvini Bhansali, Executive Director

Solidaire Network

Julie Ridenour, President

Steelcase Foundation

Susie Sarlo, President

Susie Sarlo Family Fund

Chet P Hewitt, President and CEO

Sierra Health Foundation

Nicole Taylor, CEO and President

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Julie Kidd, Executive Director

Silver Giving Foundation

Tonya Allen, President and CEO

The Skillman Foundation

Donald Gips, CEO

Skoll Foundation

Christine Essel, President and CEO

Southern California Grantmakers and Philanthropy California

Sophie Fanelli, President

Stuart Foundation

Alexis Sant, President

The Summit Foundation

Don Chen, President

Surdna Foundation

Romilda Justilien, CEO

Tides Advocacy

Allan Oliver, Executive Director

Thornburg Foundation

David Biemesderfer, President and CEO

United Philanthropy Forum

Ellen Dorsey, Executive Director

Wallace Global Fund

Jamie Allison, Executive Director

Walter & Elise Haas Fund

Nicole Boucher, Vice President, Way to Win and Senior Advisor, Way to Rise

Way to Rise

Mark Van Putten, President & CEO

The Wege Foundation

Fred Ali, President and CEO

Weingart Foundation

Ed Kissam, Co-trustee

Werner-Kohnstamm Family Giving Fund

Janet Miller, President

WestWind Foundation

John Esterle and Pia Infante, Co-Executive Directors

The Whitman Institute

Alan S. Davis, Director

The WhyNot Initiative

Paul Beaudet, Executive Director

Wilburforce Foundation

Elizabeth Barajas-Román, President and CEO

Women’s Funding Network

Luis Arteaga, CEO

Y&H Soda Foundation

Allison L. Magee, Executive Director

Zellerbach Family Foundation