Building a Beloved Community: Resources

Access reports, tools, and multimedia that strengthen the field of black male achievement. These include resources featured in the report, along with additional content and links.


Photo: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Change the Narrative

Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor
National Black Child Development Institute
Report challenges the prevailing discourse about black children by lifting up their strengths and assets.

Black Male Re-Imagined I
Black Male Re-Imagined II
American Values Institute, Ford Foundation, Knight Foundation, Open Society Foundations
Two summits of artists, media influencers, foundation executives, and advocacy organizations address what it takes to transform negative perceptions of black males.

Opportunity for Black Men and Boys: Public Opinion, Media Depictions, and Media Consumption
The Opportunity Agenda
Report presents findings from three studies: literature review on media images of black males, public opinion research review, and media consumption trends among black men.

Messaging Memo: Changing Media Coverage and Public Perceptions of African-American Men & Boys
The Opportunity Agenda
Tool provides messaging advice for changing perceptions of African-American males.

Portrayal and Perception: Two Audits of News Media Reporting on African American Men and Boys
Heinz Endowments
Report’s findings highlight a media scene in Pittsburgh that underrepresents black males, especially in terms of their positive achievements.

Transforming Perception: Black Men and Boys
American Values Institute
Executive summary presents findings from social psychology and neuroscience to explain how emotions about race shape behaviors and biases.

Leverage Social Media and Digital Platforms

Organization engages in lobbying and public education to strengthen the political voice of black Americans, effectively using social media to rally its members and the public around campaigns.

Color of School Closures
Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Schott Foundation for Public Education
Infographic offers a successful example of translating research into a visual form that is easily understood and can be shared with others.

Harnessing Collaborative Technologies
Interactive tool finder helps funders work together better by allowing for exploration of collaborative technologies.

A Special Message to Grown Ups. Love, Kids
Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Schott Foundation for Public Education
Video for this educational campaign features Internet star Kid President and received more than 50,000 views in its first month.

What’s Trending With Foundations and Social Media?
Infographic describes how U.S. foundations use social media, based on a survey of over 1,000 larger foundations.

Increase the Evidence Base

Accelerating Results for Black Males: Resource Guides for Promise Neighborhoods
Promise Neighborhoods Institute, PolicyLink
Guides help communities promote black male achievement, with a particular focus on data and results.

BMA Life Outcomes Dashboard
Institute for Black Male Achievement
Dashboard tracks life outcome measures to provide the field a unifying reference for assessing progress at local and national levels.

Boosting the Life Chances of Young Men of Color: Evidence From Promising Programs
Paper highlights programs that have had positive results for young men of color.

Outcomes Toolkit
Online collection of tools includes datasets, survey instruments, and interview protocols that have been used with black males to measure outcomes and benchmark progress.

TRASI: Tools and Resources for Assessing Social Impact
Foundation Center
Online database contains over 150 ready-to-use tools to measure the impact of social programs and investments.

Invest in Holistic, Preventative, and Systemic Solutions

Advancement Project
Civil rights organization works nationally to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change, including dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline for young men of color.

Advocacy Funding: The Philanthropy of Changing Minds
Guide offers resources and strategies for advocacy funders on topics such as working with grantees who lobby, building a case, cultivating a constituency, and preparing for opposition.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Research and policy organization focuses on policies to improve the lives of low-income people. Its work includes improving outcomes for young black men, as well as young men of color.

City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement
National League of Cities
Municipal action guide presents strategies for reducing the disparities between black males and their peers.

Mayor’s Commission on African-American Males: Recommendations Report
City of Philadelphia, Mayor’s Commission on African-American Males
Report presents a series of policy recommendations to improve conditions for Philadelphia’s African-American men and boys.

We Dream a World: The 2025 Vision for Black Men and Boys
2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys
Report lays out a comprehensive policy agenda for addressing the problems that hinder black males.

Working With Government: Guidance for Grantmakers
Guide highlights ways that funders can collaborate with government, including case studies and advice on navigating roles and power dynamics.

Invest in Organizational Capacity

Foundation Center
Website offers information and resources to equip nonprofits with the know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations.

Institute for Black Male Achievement, Capacity Building and Sustainability Center
National membership network provides capacity building resources to strengthen organizations serving black men and boys. Its Organizational and Leadership Capacity Assessment helps members identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool
McKinsey & Company
Free online tool helps nonprofits assess their operational capacity and identify strengths and areas for improvement.

Build Partnerships and Networks

Brotherhood of Elders Network
Intergenerational Bay Area network instills cultural pride and identity and serves as community thought partners and advocates.

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change
Monitor Institute, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
Guide assists grantmakers in using networks to build and boost the impact of their philanthropy.

A Gathering of Leaders 2013: Postscript
Report highlights recommendations and lessons learned from a three-day convening of social change leaders working to improve opportunities for males of color.

Institute for Black Male Achievement, Communities of Practice
Collaborative infrastructure supports networks of leaders to connect, share knowledge, and align their activities toward shared goals.

Leadership and Action Network, ABFE
Group of program officers and foundation leaders meets quarterly to discuss best practices and ways to sustain the work.

Scholars Network on Black Masculinity
Association of academics committed to reshaping understandings of the lives of African-American men and engaging in public outreach and dissemination of research findings.

Rethink Philanthropy

Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Color
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Report documents the Foundation’s work on identity-based philanthropy.

Giving Back, Giving Together: Starting a Giving Circle in Your Community
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Brochure provides a brief guide for starting a giving circle.

Grantmaking With a Racial Equity Lens
Report explores how a racial equity lens can increase a foundation’s effectiveness.

I Am a Philanthropist: Diverse Voices in Giving
D5 Coalition
Video lifts up the voices of a diverse group of donors and their experiences with philanthropy.

The Impacts of Giving Together: Giving Circles as a Civic Engagement Strategy
Report examines black male-focused giving circles as a tool for catalyzing civic engagement.

Population-Focused Funds Directory
D5 Coalition
Directory contains entries for more than 400 PFFs throughout the United States, serving racial and ethnic groups, women and LGBTQ communities.

Build Leadership at the Grasstops and the Grassroots

30 Leaders in the Fight for Black Men
Newsweek/The Daily Beast
List profiles activists, politicians, and writers, among others, working to change the future for African-American men.

Dream Defenders
Organization is directed by black and brown youth who confront systemic inequality by building their collective power.

Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Network of foundation professionals and social entrepreneurs develops emerging leaders committed to building an equitable society.

Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing
National, regional, and local grantmakers and youth organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social transformation

League of Young Voters Education Fund
National organization utilizes grassroots organizing to empower youth from low-income communities and communities of color to participate in the democratic process.

What Works: Transforming Conditions and Health Outcomes for Boys and Men of Color
Movement Strategy Center
Guide presents best practices and lessons learned from local and statewide efforts to improve the lives of California’s boys and men of color.