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Philanthropy and Racial Justice

We say their names: Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. Tony McDade. Dion Johnson.

How is philanthropy reflecting on and responding to the latest killings of Black people?

What are funding opportunities?

Additional resources

“Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.” -Fannie Lou Hamer

2020 Census

The 2020 Census is very important. It impacts how nearly $700 billion in federal funding is distributed for education, jobs, transportation, infrastructure, and housing. Census data is also used to determine how many representatives each state gets in Congress and to draw election districts for your federal, state, and local elected officials.

The sad reality is that African-American communities are typically under-counted. But the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is working to change that. They hosted a series of webinars to ensure that Black communities are counted:

They also created a national Census information hotline, 1-888-COUNT20.

For more information, visit the Lawyers’ Committee Census 2020 landing page:

Journey to Radiance

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) produced the Journey to Radiance: Health and Healing Strategies Impact Report, initiating a 2020 education campaign to ignite active engagement in self-care and share strategies to create healthier environments. CBMA is encouraging educators, school district personnel, parents and guardians, youth practitioners, and community members to share the report within their organizations and communities.

The report highlights the origins of CBMA’s focus on health and wellness, which began with support by The California Endowment. The report shares CBMA’s vision for what healing our communities can look like as well as challenges and opportunities they encountered along the way. It uplifts recommended health and healing strategies, based on experience from the field, and elevates key findings and recommendations to help individuals begin their own journey to health. Throughout the report are excerpts from innovative community leaders, participants, and evaluators.

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National Day of Racial Healing

January 21, 2020 was the National Day of Racial Healing. Watch the livestream, and see what other activities took place across the U.S.

Launched by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this day is rooted in experiences for truth telling and trust building that lead to racial healing for a more just and equitable future. Racial healing is not only important, it is essential, because healing is at the heart of racial equity.

Black-Led Movement Fund

Borealis Philanthropy’s Black-Led Movement Fund has awarded $315,000 in renewal grants to seven organizations anchoring the Movement for Black Lives.   

The Fund is a donor collaborative that supports the Movement for Black Lives so that it can better shape policy agendas for Black communities, create alternatives to institutions that have been harmful to Black people, and build local Black community power. 

Grants were awarded to: Blackbird, Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity, BlackOUT Collective, Black Youth Project 100, Freedom, Inc., Southerners On New Ground, and UndocuBlack Network.

In addition, the Fund is supporting the growing international ecosystem of the movement with a $45,000 grant to Coalizão Negra por Direitos (Brazil Coalition for Life).

2020 Young Leader Fellowship

Cities United is accepting applications for the 2020 Young Leader Fellowship in December 2019. The fellowship is an intensive six-month experience, providing the opportunity to engage with local leaders, mentors, and national experts and to deepen knowledge, skills, and networks. Young leaders will gain insights regarding Cities United violence prevention strategies, personal and professional leadership, policy and advocacy, and capacity building.

If you are a Black young adult (18-24 years old), interested in working in violence prevention and excited about working on behalf of Black men and boys, you are encouraged to apply.

Launched in 2011, Cities United is a national movement focused on eliminating the violence in American cities related to African-American men and boys. 

Disrupting Dehumanization

Dehumanization is the persistent invalidation of the humanity of another. It can be through perception or actual treatment. For boys and young men of color, dehumanization is the pervasive idea that they do not need and are not worthy of basic human dignities.

In November 2019, Forward Promise released a new paper, “Disrupting Dehumanization and Affirming the Humanity of BYMOC and Their Villages.” Forward Promise is a national program established to improve health outcomes for boys and young men of color

College Futures Foundation Awards $410,000

The College Futures Foundation awarded a two-year $410,000 grant to support the California State University’s Young Males of Color Consortium to improve degree completion for male students of color at five CSU campuses. 

Additional organizations have awarded funding to the consortium, including the Annenberg Foundation, which committed $100,000, and the Angell Foundation, which donated $150,000.

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Portraits in Color

Listen to this podcast interview with Michael Smith, ED of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.

“One of the  major catalysts behind the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA), an initiative of the Obama Foundation, is Michael Smith who serves as the Executive Director. In this episode, Michael shares his deeply personal experiences with racism as a youth in western Massachusetts and how some of these formative experiences fuel his social impact work. Michael also brings to light issues that disproportionately impact boys and young men of color and how MBKA is responding.”

Echoing Green BMA Convening

“More than 60 Echoing Green Fellows from around the U.S. gathered in Baltimore Oct. 6–8 for the inaugural Echoing Green Black Male Achievement (BMA) Convening to celebrate impact and drive progress toward advancing the life outcomes of black men and boys in the United States. These social entrepreneurs joined conversations with more than 100 partners and guests including representatives from the Citi Foundation, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), the Obama Foundation, and Kenan Charitable Trust. The BMA Convening was presented by Echoing Green with support from the Citi Foundation as part of the Inclusive Leadership Initiative, which works to expand support of leaders who represent communities of color, with particular emphasis on those who are creating employment opportunities for young people of color across the U.S.”

Read the full blog post here.

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