Recognizing the resiliency, tenacity and talent within Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Immigrant communities; and understanding the deep inequities both in community and within philanthropy; Xavier Garcia-Molina created the Equity Fund and Equity Council in partnership with the Lancaster County Community Foundation.
Co-chairs Xavier Garcia-Molina and Kareena Rios, as well as Founding members Christopher Aviles, Julia Cao, LaRock Hudson, and Norma Vazquez have created a process to directly inform where and how the dollars from this fund will make the most equitable impact in our community. The Equity Fund launched with a $100,000 investment from the Community Foundation in 2021. Meet the Equity Council.
The Council identified its first “equity partners” to receive funding in April 2022. By donating to this fund, anyone can can be part of expanding and supporting the work of the Equity Council.
“We recognize that Lancaster County residents who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have been historically and systemically marginalized in a multitude of ways: higher rates of poverty, inequity in educational systems, higher incarceration rates, prevailing job discrimination, inequitable assess to quality and affordable housing, among many other unfavorable conditions.
We continue our own internal and organizational learning about this systemic reality. We aim to remove barriers and provide new, unique opportunities to embolden residents to create positive change.” – Community Foundation