Raising the Bar: Making Progress in 2019


“This time of the year is always one of deep-reflection for me too and I want to take this time to share a few thoughts on the current state of philanthropy and where we must head in 2019 and beyond”, wrote President and CEO of ABFE, Susan Taylor Batten, in a reflective letter written in light of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

The following are key points from her letter:

1. Philanthropy must put more emphasis on hiring people who are competent on issues of racism in America.
2. We need to make a stronger connection between undoing racism, achieving racial equity and building power through philanthropic action.
3. More emphasis needs to be placed on understanding anti-Black racism.

“While these reflections sound more like challenges, we remain optimistic at ABFE about the work ahead and look forward to working with all of you.”

Read the full letter here.