Chapin Fund for Social Justice
Chapin’s Board of Trustees and representatives of the alumnae group Change for Chapin are pleased to announce the creation of the Chapin Fund for Social Justice.
Inspired by recent acts of bravery, compassion and service demonstrated by Chapin alumnae and students as well as others across the nation in response to the historic, on-going Black Lives Matter movement and aligned with our commitment to racial justice and equity, Chapin is taking a measurable stand against systemic racism, bias and discrimination not only within our own walls, but within our broader community as well.
In addition to the work that lies ahead at home (strengthening the diversity of our faculty and staff; re-examining our curriculum; integrating new diversity programs; and reinforcing safe channels for reporting and accountability, among others), in order to help facilitate sustainable change in the world beyond 100 East End Avenue, and with direct support of the Chapin Trustees, we are establishing a fund to benefit exemplary outside organizations and we are inviting others to participate alongside us. The newly created Chapin Fund for Social Justice gives members of our School community – trustees, parents, alumnae, faculty, staff, students and others – the opportunity to support a range of noteworthy institutions that are advancing critical social justice initiatives focused on civil liberties, anti-racism work, and educational equality.
Gifts to this special fund, which are 100 percent tax-deductible, will be sent directly to the following designated 501(c)3 organizations which have been selected based on the recommendations of Chapin alumnae and all of which are well-positioned to support these efforts.
This is only one step forward in this important effort. Our work to create lasting change and ensure that racial equity is embedded at Chapin is ongoing and will remain a top priority for the School.
"We are proud to partner with Chapin in introducing the Fund for Social Justice. We believe that being brave for others extends beyond the walls of our alma mater and contributing financially to organizations fighting for justice for Black lives is just the start of embodying our School’s motto. This fund is an important step in demonstrating a necessary commitment to anti-racism, equity, diversity, and justice at Chapin and in our broader community. We look forward to continuing this work in the weeks, months, and years to come."
-Alumnae Representatives from Change for Chapin
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund works, and has worked over the last 75 years, to fight racial injustice through legal and educational initiatives, working to ultimately create a free, equal, and democratic society.
Founded by Bryan Stevenson, the groundbreaking writer of Just Mercy—the Equal Justice Initiative works to fight unfair punishment and ameliorate the racial and social inequality brought about by incarceration. In addition to their work with incarcerated individuals, they serve as cultural and social educators, in order to change the narrative about race.
The Audre Lorde Project is an NYC-based center for LGBTQ+ People of Color. This group uses community organizing tactics such as support groups and anti-violence programs to work for justice and community wellness.
For now, we will be accepting contributions to the Chapin Fund for Social Justice through September 15, 2020, at which time the grants will be distributed to the chosen organizations above.