Into a world beset with turmoil, babies continue to be born. The George Gund Foundation’s 2019 annual report portrays the work of Birthing Beautiful Communities, a remarkable organization that works to reduce infant mortality among Black women. The work of BBC inspired the annual letter of David Abbott, the Foundation’s president, to reflect on the world those infants will inherit. Catherine Gund, in her first letter as Chair, celebrates the impact of women throughout the history of the Foundation and calls for collective action to build a more just world.
The photographs of Birthing Beautiful Communities are the work of Deana Lawson, an acclaimed artist based in Brooklyn, NY, whose photography has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country.