The New York Times offered a comprehensive breakdown of President Trump’s budget blueprint today. And it wasn’t pretty.
Here are a few highlights (graphic courtesy of the New York Times):
The plan has been met with enthusiasm by some and derision by others, but my response is a deep concern for the people we collaborate with at Sametz Blackstone every day.
We’re delighted to take on engagements with groups of all kinds, but our client list tends to reflect the industry landscape of Boston itself: cultural, academic, community, healthcare / research, and professional services organizations. The end result? About 80% of our portfolio is nonprofit.
That same 80% has been overshadowed by our 45th president’s priorities.
The National Endowment for the Arts, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, the Community Development Block Grant Program, the National Heritage Areas, the and National Wildlife Refuge Fund are just a few of the institutions, programs, and funds that will take a hit if the budget is passed… and each one of them plays a role in the operation or function of at least one Sametz Blackstone client.
We are not a political organization, though we have many clients who interact directly with our political bodies. We do not make political statements or lobby for political legislation, though many of our clients do as part of their work. We do not have a single political perspective as an organization, because each of us as individuals possesses our own set of beliefs, ideas, and convictions.
That said, we are passionate supporters of the arts, from symphonies to museums to public television.
We are firm believers in the value of scientific discovery and technological innovation.
We are deeply invested in the growth and impact of our post-secondary educational institutions, from liberal arts programs, to engineering schools, to graduate education in art, medicine, and psychology.
We are staunch advocates for social programs that fight poverty, hunger, inequality, and injustice.
We are abundantly aware that the protection of our environment and natural resources benefits us all.
As a result, we will continue to collaborate with our clients who address, embody, and advance each of these principles, and to help them establish their value and tell their unique stories to the private supporters and funders they’ll need if this budget goes through.
But none of this constitutes political action on our part, per se.
Rather, it is the moral, ethical, and creative standpoint we’ve operated from since we opened our doors on Blackstone Square in 1979: we are better off as a people when we invest in artistic expression, social justice, intellectual curiosity, academic inquiry, and scientific exploration.
If you agree, let them know. And don’t forget to open your heart and wallet to the organizations that actually make America great.
We’ll do the same.