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Blue Shield of CA Pledges $6M for Domestic Violence

Blue Shield of California Foundation announced today $6 million in grants to contribute to breaking the cycle of domestic violence by enlisting boys and men of color, and to engage new advocates in the development of broader and more integrated approaches to improve the health and lives of the Californians most in need.

Looking Forward, In Gratitude

Rashid Shabazz announced in this blog post that he will leave his position as VP of Communications at the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) to serve as the inaugural Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer at Color of Change.

In his tenure at CBMA, Rashid helped launch programs, including BMAfunders and the Echoing Green Black Male Achievement fellowship. He had a role in helping to seed the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and to develop what would become Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. And he prioritized creating new narratives for Black men and boys that focused on assets.

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$11.3M for Local Criminal Justice Reform

Read MacArthur’s announcement of $11.3 million in funding to eight jurisdictions as part of its Safety and Justice Challenge Network. The Network was launched two years ago and has grown into a collaborative of counties, cities, and states modeling and inspiring reforms to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country.

Thank You Rashid Shabazz

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) announced that its Vice President of Communications, Rashid Shabazz, will be moving on from his role at CBMA, effective Friday, October 6, 2017.

“Rashid’s love and leadership laid the foundation for CBMA to shift the atmosphere and narrative in elevating Black men and boys as assets to our society — not only in the field of philanthropy, but across the nation,” wrote CBMA CEO Shawn Dove.

Rashid will serve as the inaugural Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer for Color of Change.

Here at Foundation Center, we have been blessed to partner with Rashid over the past five years to develop BMAfunders and publish a series of reports on the field of Black male achievement. We wish him all the best in his new role!

MBK Alliance to Merge with Obama Foundation

Read here about former President Barack Obama’s key signature program for at-risk young men of color — spun off from his White House in 2015 as a nonprofit group, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance — will merge with his Obama Foundation.

Low-Profile Funder Focused on Race & Violence

Read this Insider Philanthropy article about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, a less familiar name in philanthropy and keeps a low profile, but has a keen interest in addressing community violence and advancing racial equity more broadly. They recently invested $5 million in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, to support work with young black men touched by community violence.

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Philanthropy Must Use Its Voice and Resources

Emmett D. Carson, CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, writes:

“Philanthropy must use its voice and financial resources to engage in research, advocacy, and lobbying (community foundations) to eliminate the systemic racism and other bias that permeates our policing and criminal justice, housing, healthcare, employment, voting rights and education systems, resulting in unfair outcomes.”

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City Leaders Brainstorm How to Reduce Violence

Leaders gathered in downtown Minneapolis on August 23-25, 2017 to discuss how to reduce gun-related violence involving Black and Native American men. The discussion was a part of the annual Cities United gathering.

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Promise of Place: Seattle

Watch the CBMA Promise of Place Webinar: Seattle, WA, highlighting the City of Seattle’s efforts for Black male achievement.

Voices from the field include:

  • Anthony Shoecraft, Special Advisor to the Mayor on Black Male Achievement, City of Seattle
  • Gregory Davis, Manager, Technical Assistance Unit, Casey Family Programs
  • Dr. Brent Jones, Chief Strategy & Partnerships Officer, Seattle Public Schools
  • Stephen Powell, Chief Program Officer, National CARES Mentoring Movement
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Embrace Racial Healing

Read this Philanthropy News Digest blog post from the president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, La June Montgomery Tabron.

“Racial healing doesn’t begin until you intentionally, respectfully, and patiently uncover shared truths,” she writes.

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