Press Release

California Community Foundation Statement on the Verdict in the George Floyd Murder Trial

Press Release | April 20, 2021

LOS ANGELES – The California Community Foundation (CCF) released the following statement from President and CEO Antonia Hernandez on the recent verdict in the George Floyd murder trial that took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

“Our justice system has prevailed today. We hope that the jury’s decision regarding the murder of George Floyd is the first step in bringing his family peace and closure and helps them and our country begin to heal. This is an opportunity to create a new legacy of equity and justice.

“At CCF we will continue to advocate for new approaches that move away from the policing and criminalization of Black and Brown people towards more equity-centered public safety solutions. We remain committed to investing in systemic change which addresses the root causes of racism and disinvestment, which have disproportionately impacted Black communities. We know that inequalities in education, health, civil rights and housing require investment in the capacity of people and communities in order to bring about real change.

“The wound of systemic racism scars all of us. Through programs such as BLOOM, the Black Empowerment Fund, and the Ready to Rise initiative, our funding and resources can have an impact by eliminating the criminalization of entire communities, especially boys and men of color, while building leaders.

“CCF is ready to continue to work with our leaders and community to invest and empower individuals and organizations that are developing responsive solutions, which includes funding, convening and advocating for fundamental changes.”


Paula Valle Castañon at pvalle [@] calfund [.] org or 213.452.6233


The California Community Foundation (CCF) has served as a public, charitable organization for Los Angeles County since 1915. Its mission is to lead positive systemic change that strengthens Los Angeles communities. CCF manages 1,700 charitable foundations, funds and legacies.