Letters To the Field

The Nathan Cummings Foundation

 

Letters To the Field

 Dear Colleagues,These are extraordinary times. For more than 25 years, Nathan Cummings Foundation’s mission has explicitly named a commitment to democratic values and social justice, supporting the most vulnerable, respecting diversity and promoting understanding across cultures, and empowering communities. Today, we are facing assaults on the values we hold dear. Racism, anti-Semitism, and...

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  Dear Colleagues,As we enter an era of profound division in American and global politics and civic life, the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s work to build a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society is more important than ever. In an interview with Inside Philanthropy I shared some early reflections, including the need to “get proximate,” an expression that...

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 Dear Colleagues, We are thrilled to share with you the evolution of the Foundation’s focus, the result of a period of reflection and learning and, significantly, a reconnecting with the work of the last 25 years and what the world calls us to do now. We are enormously grateful to the many people who shared their time and valuable insights, who pushed us and challenged our...

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Dear Colleagues, In my first six months, I have had the great pleasure of getting to know what is at the heart of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. I have been on a listening tour with our trustees, staff, fellows, and our partners in the field, which will continue in the months ahead. At the end of April, we came together for our spring board meeting, my first as president and CEO. We...

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Dear Grantees and Colleagues,Today marks the close of my first month as the President of the Nathan Cummings Foundation.  I started days after the attacks in Paris and the shooting of five Black Lives Matters demonstrators in Minneapolis. As I sat down at my desk for the first time I was drawn to the window, with a clear view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  These iconic...

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