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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.

#LoveLearnLead

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Blacks are Financially Struggling

This article in Forbes, titled Blacks Are Financially Struggling: Here’s How We Can Help Them, discusses the plight of the African American community and what can and is being done to support it.

“With all the statistics, reports, and negative news surrounding the Black community, this isn’t a time to get caught up in the media, or for any one person or company to turn their backs on these issues. This is a time for philanthropic endeavors to increase, and individuals like Susan Taylor Batten, the Chief Executive Officer of ABFE, are standing strong and continuing to promote effective philanthropy in Black communities. True impact comes from both our minds and our bank accounts, and organizations like ABFE are here to provide guidance and support to individuals and foundations who are interested in building black economic power.”

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BMA Leaders in Residence Program

“An ambitious initiative that will provide professional development opportunities to individuals committed to working with our young African American males.”

In partnership with the University of Louisville, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement and Louisville’s Metro United Way have launched the Black Male Achievement Leaders in Residence Program (LiR). This initiative provides a 12-month leadership development experience for 10 senior professionals in the BMA field. The program is “designed to strengthen skills in areas such as organizational development, succession planning, resource development, strategic communications and public policy. Fellows also will share best practices with a diverse cohort of emerging BMA field leaders, students and practitioners.”

Shifting Narratives for Boys and Men of Color

“Our brains are wired to be moved by stories. The stories we consume help us to make individual and collective sense of the world. Each narrative we know and hold shapes our perceptions, our beliefs, our decision-making, our behaviors, and our relationships.”

His Story: Shifting Narratives for Boys and Men of Color – A Guide for Philanthropy is a toolkit developed by the Perception Institute that aims to provide an overview of the critical importance of investing in narrative change to grantmakers interested in transforming the current negative perceptions of boys and men of color.

“This toolkit deconstructs narrative change work into distinct domains that stand on their own as strategies but together form a picture of narrative change work and how it takes shape around boys and men of color.”

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Event on Police Shootings of Unarmed Black Males

“A sequence of recent high-profile shootings has sparked a national conversation on the treatment and perceived value of black males, as well as the legitimacy of lethal force by police.”

The Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative at Brookings joined in on this conversation by hosting a moderated discussion which focused on the theme of “excessive police force against black males.” The discussion comprised of a panel of experts with legal, academic, and advocacy backgrounds.

This blog post in Brookings Now by Fred Dews highlights key points that were discussed during the event.

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A Conversation With Lori Villarosa, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

“Recognize that the leadership this country needs to move forward will come from those communities that have been part of the resistance throughout their histories — but that also have excelled at innovation, community building, and recognizing and appreciating the interdependence needed to make progress.”

Read this blog post in Philanthropy News Digest by Mitch Nauffts detailing his conversation with Lori Villarosa, Founder and Executive Director, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, on the topic of racial equity, racial justice, and the challenges surrounding this work in the “Age of Trump”.

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