Emmett Carson, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, wrote the foreword to a new report from Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement titled Quantifying Hope 2017: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys. In it, he asserts that philanthropic foundations must use their voices to correct racial inequality and social injustice.
“Foundations can no longer espouse mission statements that commit them to pursue a better world as it relates to some particular endeavor and turn deaf, blind, and mute on issues of social injustice that threaten our democracy,” he writes.
Read the complete text of the foreword on the Silicon Valley Community Foundation blog (also available in a PDF version).
Read the latest report from the National League of Cities, The City Leader’s Compass to the MBK Landscape. The report highlights a comprehensive set of tangible steps cities can take to change systems and improve outcomes for BMoC.
Read Broderick Johnson’s LinkedIn post regarding the work that former President Obama’s My Brother Keeper initiative has done and continues to do.
“Established in February 2014, MBK grew out of an understanding that the disparities that separate young people of color from their white peers, in terms of performance and success, stem substantially from huge gaps in resources and opportunity. Gaps that begin in life’s earliest days and continue through childhood and into early adulthood. It was President Obama’s firm determination that government (federal and local) and the private sector could do much better. And that fundamentally what was needed was greater vision and rigor, more resources, and more targeted collaboration”
Read Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s announcement awarding $3.1 million in grants to promote health and success of boys and young men of color as part of its Empowerment Projects. The awards go towards nine organizations across the United States to provide culturally-relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for BYMOC in schools, health systems, juvenile detention, and community-based settings.
Read ABFE’s latest report, Beyond Plight: Defining Pathways to Optimal Development for Black Men and Boys across the Life Course.
The observations and recommendations within Beyond Plight were based upon input from funders and practitioners who have invested resources and brain power into better outcomes for Black men and boys – some for their entire professional careers.
Google.org announces $1 million to The Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland, CA-based organization that is working to increase the representation of black male youth in tech. By mentoring Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills, The Hidden Genius Project aims to shift perceptions of computer scientists and inspire the next generation of technologists.
Read this PND blog post by Shawn Dove and Dr. Phyllis Hubbard, CBMA’s CEO and director of CBMA’s Health and Healing Strategies, respectively, on why philanthropy plays a critical role in “promoting healthy behaviors and strengthening the wellness of leaders and caregivers, so that they, in turn, can create healthier environments for the young people of color they serve.”
“At the same time, leaders in philanthropy and the BMA field must look in the mirror and ask themselves how they can set an example by integrating health, wellness, and self-care into their collective and organizational ethos and culture. Only by embodying the type of leadership we want others to exhibit will we successfully create the transformative change needed to close America’s racial health gap.”
Meet the four CBMA grant awardees here. The recipients were participants in CBMA’s inaugural Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship (BBCLF) — an initiative launched earlier this year to strengthen the development and capacity of local leaders driving the work on the ground in CBMA’s core cities.
Read the latest edition of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation magazine, featuring the Campaign for Black Male Achievement as an Agent of Change.
Since its inception in 2008, CBMA has helped catalyze the movement of Black male achievement, and with SVCF as its fiscal sponsor starting in 2015, CBMA has worked to ensure the growth, sustainability and impact leaders and groups committed to improving outcomes for Black men.
“From the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, it has become clear that now is the time to recommit to the civil rights movement.
Nonprofits across the country are picking up the civil rights baton and working to promote racial equality with support from SVCF.”
The MBK Alliance announced that it has awarded nearly $1 million in grants across the country to break down systemic barriers faced by boys and young men of color.