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!
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.
Read about CBMA’s 2017 cohort of 24 fellows taking part in the Building Beloved Community Leadership initiative. This leadership development experience is customized for emerging leaders in the Black male achievement field. The fellows will participate in a year-long Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship learning community that will help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black male achievement. A three-day leadership gathering in Greensboro, North Carolina with the Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center will serve as a catalyst for this twelve-month journey.
For many foundations, collaboration is key to advocating for policy and practice change. But these kinds of partnerships can be challenging to execute well. “Sticking points,” like conflicts over decision-making power or competition for resources, can derail advocacy-focused efforts and make even the most earnest collaborator wary.
Foundation Center, in partnership with the Atlas Learning Project, recently launched a suite of resources about advocacy funder collaboratives. Built from the wisdom of grantmakers with deep experience in these kinds of collaboratives, the GrantCraft content and IssueLab special collection examine what makes an effective advocacy collaborative and offer ways to overcome sticking points to maximize the potential for success.
The GrantCraft series consists of bite-sized articles based on interviews with experienced funders and includes topics like “What Are the Benefits of Being Part of an Advocacy Collaborative” and “Sticking Points: Personality Conflicts.” IssueLab’s special collection brings together 40+ reports and reflection pieces about multi-party advocacy efforts.
In effort to address the lack of inclusion in Detroit, the Skillman Foundation and Campaign for Black Male Achievement, launched the My Brother’s Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge. This $500,000 initiative invests in programs that seek to empower Detroit’s young men of color.
The six projects awarded were:
- Culture Creators: Helps young men become leaders, community builders and independent artists by merging arts, activism and entrepreneurship.
- Developing Despite Distance: Helps young men of color express complex emotions and connect with their incarcerated parents.
- Dream Deferred Project: Works with young adults who have left school and the workplace, reconnecting them in educational and economic opportunities.
- Giving Them The Business: Teaches young men of color practical skills to become owners and operators of restaurants using a full-service restaurant setting.
- JOURNi: Addresses the lack of opportunities for Detroit youth to develop tech and entrepreneurial skills.
- Our Town: offers neighborhood and city tours designed and lead by youth from Detroit’s east side.
Learn more here.
Join a diverse cohort of 24 fellows that will participate in a year-long Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship learning community that will help ensure individual effectiveness and impact in organizational leadership within the broader field of Black male achievement.
With support from the American Express Foundation, CBMA has designed and implemented a customized leadership development experience for a cohort of 24 emerging leaders in the Black male achievement field. The Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship will utilize the unique strengths and competencies of two Greensboro, North Carolina-based organizations: The Center for Creative Leadership and the Beloved Community Center, along with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
What is an innovative approach to end the unaccounted for and disproportionate killing of unarmed Black men and boys by the police? RISE BMOC invites rigorous solution-based thinking, inventiveness, and critical discussion on how to counter this phenomenon.
Focused on the four RISE populations (Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans), the RISE Ideation Challenge Award seeks forward-thinking, asset-based, unconventional solutions to relevant issues within the five RISE fields (education, health, human services and social policy, juvenile and criminal justice, and workforce development). These awards will advance understandings of the relationship between opportunities, social conditions, and systems that affect Boys and Men of Color, and provide specificity in meeting the needs of certain communities. Through harnessing the ingenuity of such innovative ideas, RISE will make known the myriad ways of approaching solutions to both challenge and refine existing policies and practices that so often shortchange Boys and Men of Color.
- Announcement released February 13, 2017
- Applications due March 15, 2017
- Announcement of winner March 31, 2017
Submit your forward-thinking & unconventional solutions relating to BYMOC
The Obama Foundation sets up shop, calling it a “design year” as they focus on developing the next generation of citizens — and what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century.
In partnership with the Human Rights Initiative and the Open Places Initiative, Open Society Foundations’ Youth Exchange is seeking applicants for its Community Youth Fellowships. The fellowship will support dynamic activists aged 18-25 who want to implement projects that advance human rights in underserved communities.
The California Endowment has announced a three-year, $25 million effort to protect the health, safety, and wellness of all Californians. In partnership with local and state agencies, the endowment’s Fight4All initiative will invest primarily in grantees of the foundation’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. And to cover the costs of the new program, the endowment will reallocate some of the funds it had planned to award to nonprofits working to implement Obamacare.