The Petra Foundation was established to sustain the trajectory of Petra Tölle Shattuck’s life by honoring the people she most admired—unsung local heroes who are fighting injustices and working to make the world more equitable and just. There are 100 courageous, inspiring Petra Fellows.
In 2015, when the Petra Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary, it ceased operations and forged a partnership with Community Change. Community Change carries on the legacy of the Fellowship each year by recognizing the work of an Emerging Change Champion at our annual Change Champions event, who then becomes an honorary member of the Petra Fellowship network.
Community Change is unique in its building a multi-issue movement with diverse leadership, focused on systemic change, national in scope but deeply grounded in grassroots communities. Petra Shattuck saw others as but one voice in a chorus of those willing to stand up against injustice. By forging the links between Petra Fellows and other leaders at the Community Change, the chorus gets louder, the force against injustice gets stronger, the movement grows.