The work of the Bainum Family Foundation has evolved over our 52-year history, with each new chapter building on prior experiences and learnings. At the start of our 2019/2020 fiscal year, we began preparing for the next evolution. This included completing the work of the five-year strategic plan we launched in 2015, while also initiating a new strategic planning process to reimagine our work and chart our future direction. That effort was well underway when the multiple, intersectional crises — health, racial justice and economic — erupted in early 2020.
We had affirmed several things at the start of this process: We wanted to become more nimble in order to respond to emerging needs and a dynamic environment, and we wanted to authentically engage the community in identifying and co-creating solutions. We committed to continuing our legacy work in faith-based education and food through our Bainum Foundation Farm. And we also knew that two key learnings from our past would deeply inform and influence our future work:
None of this changed. However, the crises strengthened our resolve to become an anti-racist organization by focusing intently on racial equity and working urgently toward creating a more equitable society in which all children can thrive — particularly those who have been systematically excluded from power, resources and opportunity. We want to address the root causes of these racial and economic inequities — not just the symptoms — and to pursue systemic change that generates widespread and lasting impact.
Our strategic planning will continue into spring 2021 but ultimately is only the start of an ongoing journey.