Case Studies

Foundations and nonprofits are generating innovative solutions to improve life outcomes and decrease disparities for Black men and boys. The case studies presented here highlight strategies, successes, and lessons learned.

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California Community Foundation: Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men

Launched by the California Community Foundation in May 2012, BLOOM is a five-year, multimillion-dollar initiative focused on serving Black male youth involved in the juvenile delinquency system. Read More


Exodus Stopping the Flow of African Americans to Prison

Exodus is a faith-based operating foundation in North Carolina, serving adults who have been incarcerated. The Foundation also aims to change the policies and structures that have led to the inordinate number of African Americans, other minorities, and the poor in the U.S. criminal justice system. Read More


Fathers, Families, and Healthy Communities: Responsible Fatherhood as Community Building Practice

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Fathers, Families, and Healthy Communities (FFHC) is a city-wide initiative in Chicago to enhance African-American noncustodial fathers’ engagement with their children and families. Read More


Kapor Center for Social Impact & College Access Foundation of California: Bay Area Students Are College-Bound

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The College Bound Brotherhood, a partnership between the Kapor Center for Social Impact and the College Access Foundation of California, aims to increase the college graduation rates of young Black men. Read More


Echoing Green: Funding the Next Great Idea

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A joint project of the Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green, the Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship identifies the most promising nonprofit ventures that improve life outcomes of Black men and boys. Read More


The Heinz Endowments: An Approach Rooted in Community

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Since 2007, The Heinz Endowments has invested in programs to improve opportunities and outcomes for Black males in the Pittsburgh region through its African American Men and Boys Initiative. Read More