2016 was the year that everything was the same and
everything was utterly different.
The Inequality Gap is still with us and growing ever larger. The big issues of
affordable housing, health, hunger, and opportunity are stubbornly intractable. Yet with the rise of Trump's
populism, everything around us has changed.
mmigration, DACA, climate change, women's rights, and education, to name a few, are all under a cloud of uncertainty.
The only predictable thing is that everything is unpredictable.
But there is one thing that is certain. In the Trumpian era, we have to get it done ourselves.
It is surely a time when philanthropy at the local grassroots level in our streets and neighborhoods is more important than ever. It is a time that even more radical collaboration is needed.
My good friend Joi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, put it best when he said, "Cultural movements are created in times of chaos. We had better music under Nixon and Reagan than we did Obama."
So here's to creating better rock 'n' roll together.
James Higa, Executive Director
It has been a robust year for PVF, both in giving grants and getting new assets.
We specialize in giving quickly when the money is needed, and our focus is compassionate grassroots giving, where we get out into the community and get to know the people and the programs.
We focus on individuals, their needs, desires, and problems.
Most foundations require paper and verbiage to apply for funding; it is almost as if they believe the more questions asked, the more diligence there is.
Maybe one of the
problems about present day professional philanthropy is that it is concern-focused versus compassion-focused. To focus on concern is to package issues together and then deal with them as a whole --
poverty, housing, the criminal justice system
intellectually removed from the people we are trying to help. Maybe a course correction is needed for philanthropy to work more with individuals and families, and not simply concepts.
This is what we try to do at PVF.
Philanthropy is a pillar in our democracy, and we are proud to be part of it.
Bill Somerville, Founder