Pivotal Ventures believes that Black lives matter. As our founder, Melinda French Gates, said: “We cannot allow systemic racism to go unnamed or unchallenged. Above all, we cannot turn away.”
We are proud to stand in solidarity with people and organizations advancing progress toward racial and gender equity in the United States. Our partners are leading efforts to promote the mental health of young people of color
, empower women of color advocating for a future free from sexual harassment and violence
, and support families during the COVID-19 crisis that is disproportionately impacting Black, Latinx, and Native American communities.
As we continue to prioritize strategies centered on women at the intersection of racial and gender discrimination, we also pledge to keep learning, keep listening, and, most importantly, to channel our aspirations for a more equal and just world into action.
“The video of George Floyd’s brutal death broke my heart. I’ve watched the protests that followed and have felt overwhelmed with solidarity. And I’m listening as Black advocates and activists call on every American to treat racial justice as a shared responsibility. I don’t have all the answers about how I can use my voice and my philanthropy to be part of the solution. I will continue to deepen my understanding and to stand with people and organizations working toward a future centered on gender and racial equity. Black lives matter. We cannot allow systemic racism to go unnamed or unchallenged. Above all, we cannot turn away.” – Pivotal Ventures founder, Melinda French Gates
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