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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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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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Kirwan Institute Launches Statewide My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

“’It’s not a single program, or a series of programs. It’s an initiative that sets to change the narrative about boys and young men of color,’ said Kyle Strickland, senior legal analyst for the Kirwan Institute. ‘That they deserve to have the opportunity to achieve their dreams, regardless of circumstance, regardless of background.’. . . He added that My Brother’s Keeper Ohio evolved from Kirwan’s own I Am My Brother’s Keeper program, which included hands-on services, such as mentoring and tutoring.”

Read this news article in The Lantern by Attiyya Toure discussing the launch of My Brother’s Keeper Ohio.

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Achieving Racial Equity Through Cross-Sector Partnerships

“Centuries-old wounds are still raw because they were not healed right in the first place. Here is the essential truth. We are better together than we are apart.” – Mitch Landrieu, former Mayor of New Orleans

Read this blog post in Philanthropy News Digest by Michael Gee discussing the economic impacts of racial equity, how philanthropy is addressing racial equity, and why we must act urgently to address structural racism.

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Mental Health and Black Communities

Listen to this Radio Times episode about mental health and Black communities.

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African Americans are more likely to report mental health issues but are less likely to seek treatment. Racism, stigmatization, access, distrust of medical institutions, and cultural differences are some of the barriers that prevent African Americans from getting help when they are struggling with mental illness. Our guests are Philadelphia psychiatrists DELANE CASIANO and KARRIEM SALAAM, who are co-authors of the book, Mind Matters: A Resource Guide to Psychiatry for Black Communities and HOWARD STEVENSON, professor of Urban Education, and Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.