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Lucy Vernall
Lucy Vernall , General Counsel and Chief People Officer

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The Pride Fund

The Pride Fund supports organizations that promote the safety and advance the wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community through advocacy, direct services, health accessibility, education, legal representation, and public policy changes. Through a single donation to the Fund, you can support multiple organizations' initiatives working to ensure acceptance, equity, and justice for all. The composition of nonprofits in this fund is subject to change.

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Fight Poverty in the Bay Area Fund

In the Bay Area, 1 in 5 people is too poor to meet their basic needs. That’s 1.3 million people who are making the impossible choice of paying the rent or putting food on the table. In San Francisco, where rental prices are the highest in the nation and the average family earns $153,000 a year, the disparity is staggering. Tipping Point fights poverty in the Bay Area. We identify and invest in the most effective education, employment, housing and early childhood development non-profits, and partner with the public sector to leverage our impact for the common good.

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Reduced Inequalities Fund

Income inequality is on the rise—the richest 10 percent have up to 40 percent of global income whereas the poorest 10 percent earn only between 2 to 7 percent. If we take into account population growth inequality in developing countries, inequality has increased by 11 percent. Income inequality has increased in nearly everywhere in recent decades, but at different speeds. It’s lowest in Europe and highest in the Middle East. These widening disparities require sound policies to empower lower income earners, and promote economic inclusion of all regardless of sex, race or ethnicity. Income inequality requires global solutions. This involves improving the regulation and monitoring of financial markets and institutions, encouraging development assistance and foreign direct investment to regions where the need is greatest. Facilitating the safe migration and mobility of people is also key to bridging the widening divide. Let's fight for equal access, economic and political rights for all. Join us in supporting organizations working towards reducing social, political and economic inequality, as well as ensuring equal opportunity where the need is greatest.

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Juneteenth Fund

On June 19, 1865 -- a full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued -- news of the end of slavery finally reached Texas. Since then, Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, has become a time to recognize and celebrate the culture, contributions, and achievements of African Americans. Early celebrations often served a dual purpose as political rallies to give voting instructions to newly freed enslaved peoples. However, in the early 20th century, economic and political forces led to a decline in Juneteenth celebrations due to state laws and amendments being passed that disenfranchised Black people and excluded them from voting, such as the Jim Crow laws. The Civil Rights Movement re-invigorated the holiday. In 2020, in the midst of several high-profile deaths of Black men and women at the hands of police, Juneteenth started to become more widely known and its significance particularly important. Systemic racism continues to plague the United States, and the struggle for true Black liberation continues to this day. Join us in supporting organizations that continue to work on dismantling white supremacy and eliminating systemic racism. The Juneteenth Fund is composed of nonprofits with missions that address these complex, pervasive relics of oppression through education, policy, advocacy, and access to quality healthcare and other direct services. The composition of nonprofits in this fund is subject to change.

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Fight Poverty in Denver Fund

Over the past five years Denver’s homeless population increased by about 15%, from 3,631 in 2016 to 4,171 in 2020, according to past point-in-time surveys. Plus, the homeless population is increasing so fast with the pandemic and financial crisis — well above the recent increase. These organizations are fighting poverty in the Denver Metro Area.

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Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund

Hurricane Ian, a powerful Category 4 storm, made landfall in Florida on September 28th. Millions of Floridians were urged to evacuate and thousands are left without electricity, running water, and access to emergency medical care and supplies. Hurricane Ian's high winds and catastrophic flooding have caused devastation to several Florida communities, and maximum recovery efforts are underway. The organizations selected for this Fund are currently on the ground in Florida organizing direct relief efforts and providing shelter, medical care, food, and supplies to survivors of the storm. The composition of nonprofits in this Fund is subject to change as we learn more about the needs on the ground.

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Climate Action Fund

Every country on the planet is experiencing the drastic effects of climate change. Global warming is causing long-lasting changes to our climate system, and the consequences will be irreversible if we do not act quickly. Supporting vulnerable regions will directly contribute not only to Goal 13 but also to the other SDGs. These actions must also go hand in hand with efforts to integrate disaster risk measures, sustainable natural resource management, and human security into national development strategies. It is still possible, with strong political will, increased investment, and using existing technology, to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, aiming at 1.5°C, but this requires urgent and ambitious collective action. Let's work together to strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate change. Join us in supporting organizations that are taking urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. To accomplish this goal, this Fund is supporting the following strategies: Planning and Adaptation Key to this solution is strengthening resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards and natural disasters in all countries. Climate change measures must be integrated into national policies, strategies and planning, with the acknowledgment of needing to adapt quickly. Diverting Investments Away from Fossil Fuels Grassroots efforts toward raising awareness and spreading facts about climate change and the ways that fossil fuels contribute can push institutional entities to change. Public education can pressure corporations to more fully commit to combating climate change, thereby furthering companies’ impact on the environment.

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