#OrlandoUnited: Responding to Tragedy

June 16, 2016

Our hearts are filled with sorrow as we grieve with the victims, survivors and families in Orlando, nearly all LGBTQ, Latino/a and young people.

We are touched by the calls we've received from members and partners wanting to know how to help. We honor the many advocates, nonprofits and leaders who we know will help the families, and all of us, heal in the aftermath of such violence. Our colleagues at Florida Philanthropic Network have shared their recommendations for supporting victims, survivors and their families. In our own region, we are reminded of the shooting at Umpqua Community College last fall, and are grateful to Anne Kubisch of The Ford Family Foundation for sharing Roseburg's story of community resilience. Our digital resource center on community crisis philanthropy includes additional information for funders navigating disasters and traumatic incidents, both natural and man-made.

Unfortunately, we all belong to communities affected by violence. So often it leaves us feeling vulnerable, sad and even angry. We recommit ourselves to our public policy work and engaging in our communities with a spirit of love and generosity. We are fortunate to have incredible philanthropic organizations working on these issues in the Northwest, including the Latino Community Fund of Washington, Pride Foundation and many others.
 
The complexity of this tragedy, and the violence that we have experienced previously, raise important questions related to our constitutional freedoms and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion. Our six-state region represents America’s unique tapestry — urban and rural, young and old, indigenous and newly arrived, LGBTQ and straight. Sharing our different perspectives and experiences makes us stronger. Together, we remain committed to advancing philanthropy that supports vibrant, equitable and inclusive communities that honor our past, our people, our cultures — and creates a better future.

We share our thoughts and prayers. Please reach out with questions, share your responses and let us know how we can play a role in supporting you as you move forward. We are listening.

Audrey Haberman is Philanthropy Northwest's interim CEO. She can be reached at ahaberman@philanthropynw.org.