David Callahan writes in this Inside Philanthropy piece about the Open Society Foundations history of opposing totalitarian governments and their current efforts post-election. OSF has announced $10 million for a rapid-response initiative to “support, protect, and empower those who are targets of hateful acts and rhetoric.” The goal is to “bolster communities’ ability to resist the spread of hate and strengthen protections for their most vulnerable neighbors.”
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The Brooklyn Community Foundation announced that, in alignment with its commitment to advancing racial equity, it will formally divest from private prisons, gun manufacturers, and predatory lenders.
Seven California foundations committed more than $1.3 million to an initiative that aims to improve public safety by building trust between law enforcement and communities of color. Participants in the funding effort include The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Rosenberg Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Weingart Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The funds will expand the Building Trust Through Reform initiative led by PICO California, a statewide network of 500 faith-based community organizations.
From 11/30 to 12/2, CBMA will host its 6th annual gathering for Black men and boys. Since 2010, “Rumble Young Man, Rumble” has convened leaders nationwide in Louisville to share promising practices and lessons learned, and to create collaborations with young Black men in communities across the country.
Learn more here.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and other city officials re-established a commission that focuses on issues facing black men in the city, the Mayor’s Commission of African American Males (MCAAM). The group will regularly provide recommendations to the city for improvement. Kenney appointed 28 members to the commission, which include government officials, business people, educators and civic leaders.
More information available here.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announces its $12 million commitment to Forward Promise, an initiative to improve the prospects of boys and young men of color, and commissions seven issue briefs that examine key barriers to health and success for young men of color, as well as promising practices. With this information, the Foundation hopes to engage schools, communities, and governments in a national dialogue on how to turn around the disturbing trends for boys and young men of color.
A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities has chosen 10 new fellows to take part in a year-long experience designed to increase the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors, and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy.
On September 27, six teams were awarded $50,000 each to launch programs serving young men of color in Detroit. The teams were among 20 finalists of the My Brother’s Keeper Detroit Innovation Challenge, a $500,000 initiative organized by the Skillman Foundation and Campaign for Black Male Achievement to improve life outcomes for black and brown boys. Find out more about the awardees and challenge here.
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 Detroit’s 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: A full-service restaurant that teaches young men of color to be owners and operators of restaurants — not just the hired help.
Journi: Addresses the lack of opportunities for Detroit youth to develop tech and entrepreneurial skills.
Our Town: Neighborhood and city tours designed and led by youth from Detroit’s east side.
Launched in 2015 as an independent entity, Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) has continued to focus on improving the life outcomes for Black men and boys, and contributing to the larger discourse related to boys and men of color.
One of CBMA’s allies in Detriot, the Skillman Foundation, has been awarded two VISTAs in an amazing partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Public Allies, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBKA). Through the MBKA Americorps VISTA pilot program it is CBMA’s intention to recruit two Detroiters to serve the community as servant leaders, thought partners and advocates. As engaged members of the Detroit community, the two VISTAS selected for this program will be cogent colleagues with everyone in Detroit engaged in efforts to improve the life outcomes for young men and boys of color.
Read more about CBMA’s partnerships and efforts here.
Fortune writes about the latest showing of support and funding for the Black-Led Movement Fund. More than 50 organizations have already registered their support, but one, in particular, stands out. The Ford Foundation added their voice to the growing chorus of supporters, in the strongest possible terms.
“That’s why now is the time to stand by and amplify movements rooted in love, compassion, and dignity for all people. Now is the time to call for an end to state violence directed at communities of color. And now is the time to advocate for investment in public services—including but not limited to police reform—together with education, health, and employment in communities and for people that have historically had less opportunity and access to all those things.”
Ford is also planning on studying and underwriting what it calls a “new and dynamic form of social justice leadership and infrastructure,” by investing in the Black-Led Movement Fund, (BLMF) a pooled donor fund designed to support the work of the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), and led by Borealis Philanthropy.