We are pleased to update you on our recent work to further drive new and innovative leadership efforts, particularly around building partnerships across the private, public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors to take on the critical issues facing the region.
In September we hosted Bay Area Bold, a two-day event which brought together TSFF’s extensive network of movement builders and decision makers under one roof. At the Summit hundreds came together to engage in conversations about how we can move a regional effort forward that ensures everyone can take part in the prosperity of the Bay Area. On Saturday, the Festival gathered friends and families for a day of celebrations, music, dance, film and interactive artistic and cultural activities. Bay Area Bold attendees were laudatory about the quality of the event, expressing appreciation for the uniqueness of the regional and cross-sector discussions. Bay Area Bold was a different and innovative way to showcase the Foundation’s leadership on our emerging regional equity work and only begins to unlock the power and potential of our convening role.
Last month, Make it Fair: Policy Change for an Equitable California brought together funders and practitioners around commercial property tax reform and the need for new public revenue streams in California. TSFF convened partners to deepen a shared understanding of the public policy landscape surrounding California’s tax and budget, creating pathways for strategic alignment among partners to promote equity leading up to the 2016 election. Discussion about the specific strategies to expand California’s voting population to match racial makeups of the state, as well as gaps in philanthropic support for public policy and budget reform efforts, gave participants a broader understanding of the Make it Fair campaign to create a more inclusive and prosperous California.
The Foundation led a statewide network of 20 funders and practitioners to develop an agreed upon set of standards for Community Schools. These standards will set the bar for implementing a Community School, which is a standards-driven and evidence-based approach to promote equity and educational excellence for all children. At the heart of the Community Schools model is a spirit of collaboration and shared leadership, with students and community at the center of school governance structure, programming and vision.
These are just a few examples of our civic leadership work throughout the region. As we continue to expand our role as a leader, convener and catalyst to create a shared vision for our region, we invite you to be bold and partner with us to expand opportunity for all. By showcasing solutions and celebrating regional collaboration, together we can dissolve silos, work beyond city and county lines and leverage partnerships that are bigger and bolder than ever to achieve equity in the Bay Area.