The Foundation is committed to advancing racial equity across all our work in Forsyth County. Data shows that in our community, race serves as a reliable predictor of an individual’s educational, health, and economic outcomes. Though there are many other forms of identity including gender, age, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation, we are committed to focusing explicitly on race because of the pervasive role it plays in determining an individual’s life outcomes.
While data reveals racial gaps when it comes to poverty, household income, academic performance, and health, we recognize that systems – the institutions, policies, and resource allocation in our community—have played a major role in this data and that we must focus on these systems to affect real change. Individual programs and projects are not enough to improve outcomes, as systems do not perform equally well for different groups.