Our Values & Commitment
At 20 Degrees, we are scarcity slayers, field builders, anti-racists, irreverent optimists, and straight talkers. We don't just talk the talk, we walk the walk.
We're here to cheer leaders and small business owners on and motivate them when they need to get motivated. We're all about making sure we understand who you are and what you're about. We bring the elbow grease and big thinking — all we ask is you bring an open mind. When we plan for your future, we're thinking about who is in the room — just as much as who is not and probably should be.
Our team and our work is shaped by our values. If you want to know how we'll show up, keep reading.
Let us make this 100% clear: Black. Lives. Matter.
We stand with those on the front lines – seen and unseen – fighting injustice against Black and Brown communities.
We’re also doubling down on the belief that we started with: money isn’t moving fairly, equitably or in a way that makes sense if we are trying to actually make things different, better.
We refuse to accept a system that ensures only some have adequate resources and opportunities to live, flourish, and express themselves. We are infuriated at how this system undervalues leaders and underfunds organizations that best know how to deliver actual community solutions, defaulting to systems of white supremacy, structural racism, and oppression.
That’s why we are committed to bringing our best thinking to those who hold the safety net in their hands.
We work with leaders, staff members, those who choose this as their day and night jobs. We’re determined to give every person an ability to be safe, seen, and heard. Our voice is one that we will lend as an amplifier to those who others can’t hear. And we aren’t afraid to say the risky thing if it is truth.
Our goal: change how money moves.
We commit to further educating ourselves on racism’s past and present impact on Black and Brown communities. We will listen and we will not tolerate our own ignorance. As we grow, we commit to maintaining a racially diverse team, continuing to recruit Black and Brown team members into positions of employment and co-ownership within our company. We will hire for the essential superpower of perspective and lived experience, combined with compassion, talent and insight.
We commit to donating meaningfully and consistently to anti-racist initiatives, donating a portion of our revenue to 35+ nonprofits, go-fund mes, and more as of March 2023.
We commit to being allies. We will never show up thinking we are saviors. We will continue to talk about how power prevents equitable distribution of money and resources. We will use our positions of privilege to call out hate and injustice. We will not lean on this same privilege when the work gets too hard. We will amplify voices of Black and Brown activists, entrepreneurs and leaders.
We commit to staying engaged with a diverse set of thinkers, practitioners, friends, and even foe.
We commit to offering outsized value and pro bono services as a core part of our mission. We practiced receiving so that we can also give.
And we commit to unlocking and unleashing resources for people and organizations who had previously been unseen, locked out and left out.
How will we do this work?
Imperfectly but with the right intention. We know we won’t always get this right. We accept being uncomfortable.
But there is much to do to make sure this moment endures, transforms into a real movement, and then concrete change. We resolve to create shared wholeness and community transformation. We invite you to join us.