Tomorrow, the Idaho Nonprofit Center staff – like most of you – will be enjoying a day off in observance of the Fourth of July. I think all of us on some level recognize and celebrate the origin of the holiday, but we don’t often take the time to look at it through a lens of current events and what it represents. To many of us, it’s a day off from work.
July 4, by all rights, is the date that is recognized as the beginning of the United States. For some, it’s a day of fun, barbecue cook-offs, family time, fireworks, and friends. For others, it is a reminder that they were initially excluded from the freedoms stated in the Declaration of Independence. Many individuals are still seeking the freedom of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
On June 10, the Idaho Nonprofit Center Board of Directors and I issued a statement in support of racial justice and equality. Two days later we gave a brief update on how we would be addressing this issue as an organization.
Since then we have completed the following tasks:
We believe that contributing to racial justice and equity within our sector is not only the right thing to do, but it is a way for us to honor the heart of what the United States was founded on.
Please enjoy the long weekend – while staying safe – so your work can continue!
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