Matching-Gift Program Supporting Racial Equality Causes
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
We are writing to invite you to participate in the change we want to see. Last week we encouraged our alumni to support causes that are helping to mitigate the struggles our communities, near and far, are experiencing during this tumultuous time. Today, in concert with our students, we are launching a matching gift program supporting organizations that share our commitment to dismantling white supremacy and standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
We have allocated a special gift fund for this purpose, and we will match up to $10,000 in gifts given by Colby faculty, staff, students, and the Class of 2020 to each of the organizations identified by Colby student leaders (see below). These local and national organizations were chosen based on their mission and values and the belief that these organizations deserve special attention and support right now. These groups are helping with both immediate needs related to addressing racialized and systemic violence as well as many of the underlying needs of those in the Black community.
We, along with the entire senior leadership team at Colby, have already committed our own personal support to one or more of these organizations. If you can, we encourage you to do the same.
Black LGBTQIA Migrant Project
Equal Justice Initiative
The Loveland Foundation
National Black Child Development Institute
Immigrant Resource Center of Maine
Maine Inside Out
To participate, please donate to the organizations directly and send a copy of your receipt (either screenshot or email confirmation) to [email protected] by Wednesday, June 17, and Colby will send a matching gift. Let’s make this a great week of giving.
We ask you to join us in working to move Black Lives Matter from a movement to an unassailable truth, a fully lived value, and, most importantly, a fully lived experience for all in this country and around the world.
David A. Greene
Karlene Burrell-McRae ’94
Dean of the College