The foundation’s North Star is the expansion of opportunity in America’s cities, to be achieved through our correlated values of creativity, equity, respect, partnership and stewardship.
Equity means to us that all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ZIP code, health and ability status, or any other consideration – have equal, inviolable dignity, value and opportunity to participate justly, fairly and fully in all dimensions of civic and economic life … to prosper … and reach their full potential.
We promote an inclusive culture that embraces our shared humanity while critically examining the racial, cultural and social context of systemic inequities in our society. We believe that equity is both a process and an outcome, and therefore are compelled to relentlessly use our power to dismantle barriers that impede equitable opportunity within our own organization, and for the communities that we serve.
We center equity as one of our organizational values. To us, equity means that all people – regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or any other consideration – have the chance to reach their full potential.
Our full equity statement.