This week marks the beginning of spring, the start of Biodiversity Month, and what Victorians hope will be the last two weeks of Stage 4 lockdown.
The force majeure that is COVID-19 continues to change how we live, work and play. In some cases these changes will be with us for the long term, and we know we must shape that change in a way that serves our communities fairly and equally.
This quote from US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg feels pertinent to this moment:
“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.”
I’m sure many of us will feel it’s a stretch to think of the challenges of 2020 as good fortune. But if we use the opportunity of disruption to re-think our social, economic and political priorities, something positive can come out of this difficult year. Community philanthropy has an important contribution to make here, and that contribution will be amplified by working together and speaking with a collective voice.
Keep up the great work in your communities, and please stay safe and well.