“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.
Read this blog post by the CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Shawn Dove, about the work they have accomplished over the last ten years and the challenges they face going into the next decade.
“We cannot embrace a celebratory mindset when we consider the paradox of promise and peril still facing America’s black men and boys — on the one hand, a groundswell of activity and investments in support of black male achievement; on the other, continued racism, concentrated poverty, police violence, and systemic injustice.”
See the Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s top 5 moments from 2017, and share your own top list using the hashtag #BMAmoments.
Emmett Carson, CEO of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, wrote the foreword to a new report from Foundation Center and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement titled Quantifying Hope 2017: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys. In it, he asserts that philanthropic foundations must use their voices to correct racial inequality and social injustice.
“Foundations can no longer espouse mission statements that commit them to pursue a better world as it relates to some particular endeavor and turn deaf, blind, and mute on issues of social injustice that threaten our democracy,” he writes.
Read the complete text of the foreword on the Silicon Valley Community Foundation blog (also available in a PDF version).
Read Broderick Johnson’s LinkedIn post regarding the work that former President Obama’s My Brother Keeper initiative has done and continues to do.
“Established in February 2014, MBK grew out of an understanding that the disparities that separate young people of color from their white peers, in terms of performance and success, stem substantially from huge gaps in resources and opportunity. Gaps that begin in life’s earliest days and continue through childhood and into early adulthood. It was President Obama’s firm determination that government (federal and local) and the private sector could do much better. And that fundamentally what was needed was greater vision and rigor, more resources, and more targeted collaboration”
Read this PND blog post by Shawn Dove and Dr. Phyllis Hubbard, CBMA’s CEO and director of CBMA’s Health and Healing Strategies, respectively, on why philanthropy plays a critical role in “promoting healthy behaviors and strengthening the wellness of leaders and caregivers, so that they, in turn, can create healthier environments for the young people of color they serve.”
“At the same time, leaders in philanthropy and the BMA field must look in the mirror and ask themselves how they can set an example by integrating health, wellness, and self-care into their collective and organizational ethos and culture. Only by embodying the type of leadership we want others to exhibit will we successfully create the transformative change needed to close America’s racial health gap.”
Rashid Shabazz announced in this blog post that he will leave his position as VP of Communications at the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) to serve as the inaugural Chief Marketing and Storytelling Officer at Color of Change.
In his tenure at CBMA, Rashid helped launch programs, including BMAfunders and the Echoing Green Black Male Achievement fellowship. He had a role in helping to seed the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and to develop what would become Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. And he prioritized creating new narratives for Black men and boys that focused on assets.
Emmett D. Carson, CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, writes:
“Philanthropy must use its voice and financial resources to engage in research, advocacy, and lobbying (community foundations) to eliminate the systemic racism and other bias that permeates our policing and criminal justice, housing, healthcare, employment, voting rights and education systems, resulting in unfair outcomes.”
Read this Philanthropy News Digest blog post from the president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, La June Montgomery Tabron.
“Racial healing doesn’t begin until you intentionally, respectfully, and patiently uncover shared truths,” she writes.
Read Trabian Shorters’ analysis of the warped mentality many progressive foundations have when considering their work in black communities. Shorters argues that the combative War on Poverty narrative that “casts black children in the role of threat” and turns the “urban schools, homes, and cities in which they dwell” into battlefields helps cement racism, rather than fight it. He urges philanthropists to craft a new narrative by highlighting positive statistics and discussing the successes of black Americans in areas such as parenting, patriotism, enterprise, and generosity. He includes other tips for nonprofit leaders, including depositing money in black owned banks and working with consulting firms that have people of color in their senior leadership.