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Philanthropic Joint Statement in Response to the Supreme Court's Decision in 'Students for Fair Admissions' Cases

Funders Together to End Homelessness has joined partner philanthropic organizations and private funders in responding to the U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings in the Affirmative Action case. 

The following is a statement by funders and philanthropic organizations in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings in Students for Fair Admissions v. University of North Carolina and Students for Fair Admissions v. President and Fellows of Harvard College. A full list of signatories follows.

The Supreme Court’s decision impedes colleges and universities from selecting their own student bodies and fully addressing systemic racial inequalities that persist. The ruling threatens to return this nation to a time when education and opportunity were reserved for a privileged class. It endangers sixty years of multiracial movements to challenge our nation to live up to the ideals enshrined in our founding documents. The decision erects new barriers to building a society in which everyone has the opportunity to improve their lives, communities, health, and education.

Today's ruling will make the vital work of building inclusive college campuses much harder. Experience has shown that substituting socioeconomic status as a proxy for race will not achieve the diversity that strengthens the fabric of all universities. Educators and communities dedicated to teaching and mentoring young people and adults from every imaginable background understand how all students—not just students of color—benefit from diverse racial and socioeconomic learning environments. Decades of research show that students educated with people from different backgrounds and experiences improve their analytical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. These skills are essential to building our future workforce, our military, and a healthy democracy. In the realm of health, research shows that racially and ethnically representative medical schools produce better-trained physicians and care teams that reflect the communities they serve.

Universities and colleges and those organizations supporting them deserve the resources and support to continue their critical mission. They need our resolve, too. Philanthropies are vital partners in our nation’s progress. We will remain steadfast in our collective mission to create a more equitable nation within the bounds of the law. To forge ahead, we must continue to advocate for the human dignity of all people—regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, or country of origin—with renewed vigor and commitment.

Our nation's future prosperity, vitality, and unity depend upon America becoming a true multiracial democracy—an aspiration that requires racial equity and diversity in higher education. Despite today’s ruling, our foundations will not waver in our commitment to those making the nation’s high ideals a reality for all communities and all people.   

Signatories of this statement:

Funders Together to End Homelessness

Asset Funders Network
Barr Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation
Borealis Philanthropy
Brooklyn Community Foundation
California Health Care Foundation
Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
Charles F. Kettering Foundation
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa
Council on Foundations
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
David Rockefeller Fund
Democracy Fund
East Bay Community Foundation
ECMC Foundation
Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
Ford Foundation
Foundation for Health Equity
Funders Concerned About AIDS
Grantmakers for Education
Grantmakers In Health
Grantmakers in the Arts
Health Forward Foundation
Healthy Communities Foundation
Heising-Simons Foundation
Hispanics in Philanthropy
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Horizon Foundation
Humanity United
Imaginable Futures
Independent Sector
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
John Rex Endowment
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Lumina Foundation
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
McKnight Foundation
Mellon Foundation
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
MetroWest Health Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Ms. Foundation for Women
National Indian Education Association
New Breath Foundation
Omidyar Network
Point32Health Foundation
Raikes Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ruth Mott Foundation
Rx Foundation
San Francisco Foundation
SchoolHouse Connection
Schott Foundation for Public Education
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Stuart Foundation
Stupski Foundation
Surdna Foundation
The Boston Foundation
The California Endowment
The California Wellness Foundation
The Colorado Health Foundation
The Communications Network
The Denver Foundation
The FrameWorks Institute
The Funders Network
The George Gund Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
The Miami Foundation
The Nellie Mae Education Foundation
The NUNA Foundation
The Open Society Foundations
The Praxis Project
The Rockefeller Foundation
The Skillman Foundation
The Spencer Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
United Way of Rhode Island
Wail of a Tale Productions
Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
WES Mariam Assefa Fund
Women’s Funding Network


This statement originally appeared on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website here.

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  • Lauren Bennett
    published this page in Blog 2023-06-30 10:43:57 -0400

We joined Funders Together because we believe in the power of philanthropy to play a major role in ending homelessness, and we know we have much to learn from funders across the country.

-Christine Marge, Director of Housing and Financial Stability at United Way of Greater Los Angeles

I am thankful for the local partnerships here in the Pacific Northwest that we’ve been able to create and nurture thanks to the work of Funders Together. Having so many of the right players at the table makes our conversations – and all of our efforts – all the richer and more effective.

-David Wertheimer, Deputy Director at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Very often a lack of jobs and money is not the cause of poverty, but the symptom. The cause may lie deeper in our failure to give our fellow citizens a fair chance to develop their own capacities, in a lack of education and training, in a lack of medical care and housing, in a lack of decent communities in which to live and bring up their children.

-President Lyndon B. Johnson, 1964 State of the Union Address

Funders Together has given me a platform to engage the other funders in my community. Our local funding community has improved greatly to support housing first models and align of resources towards ending homelessness.

-Leslie Strnisha, Vice President at Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland

Our family foundation convenes local funders and key community stakeholders around strategies to end homelessness in Houston. Funders Together members have been invaluable mentors to us in this effort, traveling to our community to share their expertise and examples of best practices from around the nation.

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