Learning to Change

Learning to Change

June 04, 2020 by Ted Grossnickle

Like you, we at JGA have discovered new ways of doing that which only 90 days ago might have seemed unlikely—or unnecessary. The definition of what is necessary has changed so dramatically. And, we’ve all changed, adjusted ,and innovated in ways that would have in February felt unimaginable.

There is a lesson here for us, and we believe for many in America. What once seemed unlikely or was just not front of mind is now very likely, necessary, and urgent.

The stark inequities highlighted by the protests in cities across the country over the past week and exacerbated by the pandemic continue to demonstrate that issues of race and injustice are key to informing our overall work.

We know this is a pivotal momentfor the country, for us as individuals, for our work in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Now more than ever, it is crucial that each of us thinks about what we can do to be empathetic and generous with people closest to us, with our communities, and ultimately how we turn that empathy into action so that every person can truly benefit from generosity—and ultimately from shared prosperity.

JGA envisions a world that flourishes through philanthropy. We believe in the difference generosity can make in our world. We also support efforts to seek a deeper understanding of the important role generosity can play in our nation—and very likely, a key part of a national recovery.

All of us can change—and we believe have demonstrated that we’re capable of change because of the pandemic. We can continue to change and be a part of the change in America that is needed in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for your continued dedication to philanthropy and to empowering others to make the world a better place through their philanthropy.