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Getting Serious About Racial Healing

A message from Edgar Villanueva, vice president at the Schott Foundation for Public Education:

“Time and time again, we have learned that trauma cannot be healed from the outside in; for healing to take place, the people who have been harmed must have the resources they need to be agents in their own recovery. This is why philanthropic institutions must follow in the steps of organizations like NoVo Foundation, which is asking people who live in poverty to share their needs instead of telling these communities what to do.

This National Day of Racial Healing, it is necessary to acknowledge powerful moments of reckoning and opportunities to join together across lines of race, class, and gender in important arenas: sexual abuse and sexual harassment survivors saying #MeToo, #MuteRKelly, and #TimesUp; black Americans continuing to remind us that #BlackLivesMatter; anti-gun-violence advocates crying out for #NotOneMore; climate scientists pleading #WeToldYouSo. An inescapable fact is that our nation is being pushed to confront and deal with uncomfortable truths.”

Read the full article here.

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False and Harmful Narratives About Boys and Men of Color

The excerpt below is from the essay The Persistence of False and Harmful Narratives About Boys and Men of Color.

“Stories that ‘dehumanize’ young men of color and question their value to society abound. And stories that ‘super-humanize’ the physical characteristics of boys and men of color create fear and distrust. The common denominators in these stories are dominant narratives — stories about boys and men of color that are distorted, repeated, and amplified through media platforms, both traditional media and social media, which fuel negative and vilifying perceptions and bring them to scale…. Dominant narratives of boys and men of color constrain how we perceive their potential and limit our expectations of them. In a sense, narratives become reality as boys and young men of color have their opportunities for advancement truncated throughout their lives.”

To find out more, read the complete essay and check out the guide, His Story: Shifting Narratives for Boys of Men of Color: A Guide for Philanthropy, from which this essay was adapted.

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The National Day of Racial Healing

Tune in to the livestream curated by Ava Duvernay.

“On January 22, 2019, gather your family, friends, colleagues and community for the National Day of Racial Healing. Join thousands across the country in celebrating our common humanity and taking collective action toward a more just and equitable world.

The National Day of Racial Healing is a part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort – a national, community-based process of transformative, sustainable change, addressing the historic and contemporary effects of racism.

Conceived in 2016 through a collaborative effort of more than 550 U.S. leaders, the National Day of Racial Healing is a time to:

1. Reinforce and honor our common humanity, while celebrating the distinct differences that make our communities vibrant.
2. Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed.
3. Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

Please join us by planning or participating in activities in your own community. Be sure to tag your social media posts with #HowWeHeal.”

For more info, check out @thedaytoheal on Twitter.

Raising the Bar: Making Progress in 2019

“This time of the year is always one of deep-reflection for me too and I want to take this time to share a few thoughts on the current state of philanthropy and where we must head in 2019 and beyond”, wrote President and CEO of ABFE, Susan Taylor Batten, in a reflective letter written in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

The following are key points from her letter:

1. Philanthropy must put more emphasis on hiring people who are competent on issues of racism in America.
2. We need to make a stronger connection between undoing racism, achieving racial equity and building power through philanthropic action.
3. More emphasis needs to be placed on understanding anti-Black racism.

“While these reflections sound more like challenges, we remain optimistic at ABFE about the work ahead and look forward to working with all of you.”

Read the full letter here.

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New Grants From ABAP

Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh has distributed a total of $427,660 in grants to regional artists and arts programs.

“A partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh is dedicated to supporting excellence in presenting and producing artwork rooted in the Black experience. Grants are awarded in spring and fall each year.”

For more information about the program, including guidelines and application information visit The Pittsburgh Foundation or The Heinz Endowments website.

Advancing Racial Equity in Philanthropy

United Philanthropy Forum conducted a scan of regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) in February through May 2018 to get a more comprehensive understanding of PSOs’ current work and future needs to advance racial equity in philanthropy. The scan involved both a survey that asked about PSOs’ current work, future needs and greatest challenges in advancing racial equity, plus in-depth interviews to discuss what it takes to do this work effectively and to identify their key challenges, barriers and opportunities for addressing systemic inequities.

The scan reflects the input of 43 regional and national PSOs that participated in the scan survey and/or the scan interviews, representing more than half of the Forum’s membership. The scan report includes the Forum’s plan for action to respond to the scan’s key findings.

To learn more, check out the executive summary or read the full report.

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ABFE Conference 2019

“HARAMBEE- LET’S ALL PULL TOGETHER is a Kenyan tradition of community self-help, fundraising and or development. Its’ literal translation in Swahili is “all pull together”. From its inception, ABFE has served to be a vehicle for leveraging resources for the betterment of Black communities.”

On April 4 – 6th in Detroit, Michigan, ABFE will be hosting its 2019 conference “HARAMBEE- LET’S ALL PULL TOGETHER”.

“ABFE will present its members, stakeholders and partners a vigorous agenda—aimed at increasing public and private investments in Black communities…. ABFE’s 2019 Conference will feature signature events and member favorite—the 28th Annual James A. Joseph Lecture & Awards Program, which honors those who are leading philanthropy and at the forefront of cutting-edge philanthropic strategies that support Black communities.”

Register here to “join the nation’s largest gathering of Black professionals in philanthropy”!

Track the event and conversations by following @ABFE on Twitter.

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#TFNMIAMI 20th Anniversary Conference

“How are we grappling with the stark realities of climate change and other environmental threats to our communities and health? How are we confronting systemic inequities and structural racism? How are we creating economic opportunities that allow people and places to thrive, regardless of their zip codes?”

From March 18-20, 2019 The Funders’ Network will be hosting its 20th anniversary conference. The conference theme, Power Forward, is “a call to action for philanthropy to leverage the sector’s collective power to create communities and regions that are truly sustainable and just”. The conference is described as “a key opportunity to reflect on our past, explore the present and look forward to the future.”

Who Should Attend?
If you want to learn more about how your funding can create more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities and regions, increase the impact of your grantmaking, and learn from and connect with a network of national and place-based funders and leading practitioners, then this conference is for you.

Registration is open to staff, directors, and trustees of all grantmaking organizations.

Track the event and conversations by following @Funders_Network or #TFNMIAMI on Twitter.

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Giving Circle for Black-led, Black-Serving Nonprofits

Things are changing for the better for black-led nonprofits, who typically “have less access to funding sources, and have fewer cash reserves to use to support their missions”, according to a study organized by the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum.

“Earlier this year, local civic leaders and philanthropy professionals launched the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle to distribute pooled funds to nonprofits in the Philadelphia area that are black-led and black serving. Sidney Hargro, ED of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, said:

Historically, the black community has always valued the giving of money, goods, and time to support worthy causes, though the term “philanthropy” was not necessarily used to describe these efforts. The Philadelphia Black Giving Circle will be a formal catalyst that builds on this rich tradition to create and scale social change in our region.”

Read the full story by Alyssa Ochs in Inside Philanthropy.

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Interview with Edgar Villanueva, Author of Decolonizing Wealth

Watch this Facebook Live interview hosted by Dr. Phyllis Hubbard, Director of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s (CBMA) Health & Healing Strategies, featuring Edgar Villanueva, author of Decolonizing Wealth.


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