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Blue Shield of CA Pledges $6M for Domestic Violence

Blue Shield of California Foundation announced today $6 million in grants to contribute to breaking the cycle of domestic violence by enlisting boys and men of color, and to engage new advocates in the development of broader and more integrated approaches to improve the health and lives of the Californians most in need.

$11.3M for Local Criminal Justice Reform

Read MacArthur’s announcement of $11.3 million in funding to eight jurisdictions as part of its Safety and Justice Challenge Network. The Network was launched two years ago and has grown into a collaborative of counties, cities, and states modeling and inspiring reforms to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country.

MBK Alliance to Merge with Obama Foundation

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.

Low-Profile Funder Focused on Race & Violence

Read this Insider Philanthropy article about the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, a less familiar name in philanthropy and keeps a low profile, but has a keen interest in addressing community violence and advancing racial equity more broadly. They recently invested $5 million in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, to support work with young black men touched by community violence.

City Leaders Brainstorm How to Reduce Violence

Leaders gathered in downtown Minneapolis on August 23-25, 2017 to discuss how to reduce gun-related violence involving Black and Native American men. The discussion was a part of the annual Cities United gathering.

Black Men XCEL: Changing the Narrative

Attend the Black Men XCEL Summit: Celebrating the Best of Who We Are, from August 30-September 3 in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The goal of the conference is to honor black men, as part of the larger aim to “challenge and change the narrative of black men, from one of dysfunction and defeat, to a more accurate representation of leadership, excellence, and triumph, often in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.” The event will include an awards ceremony “designed to be the ultimate recognition of the brilliance and outstanding contributions of black men across industries ranging from business and entertainment to sports and social activism.” The Campaign for Black Male Achievement’s Shawn Dove will be presented as the first ever “BE Modern Man of the Year,” and Representative John Lewis, a civil rights icon, will be honored.

August is Black Philanthropy Month

Get involved with 2017’s Black Philanthropy Month, an annual worldwide celebration of giving by people of African descent. The goals of BPM are “informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms.” BPM was created in 2011 and now includes “high-impact events, media stories and service projects.” The central theme for 2017 is Giving Voice to Fuel Change. BPM Campaign Architects Dr. Jacqueline Copeland-Carson, Tracey Webb, and Valaida Fullwood are know as philanthropy trailblazers.

MacArthur Foundation Commits to Chicago

Explore the array of Community Capital Grants, amounting to $10 million total, awarded by the MacArthur Foundation to strengthen Chicago organizations and prevent gun violence in the city. The Foundation considers justice one of its central tenets and is committed to “helping achieve a better Chicago for all.” Some of the grantees include: Black Youth Project 100 Education Fund, Latinos Progresando, Mikva Challenge, Little Black Pearl Workshop, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Sweet Water Foundation, and The Chicago Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities.

Kenan Charitable Trust Invests in Young Black Men

See how the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust plans to make a difference in the lives of young black men with over $5 million in new funding for fellowships in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. Two civic leadership fellowships will be created in these cities for black men and boys aged 16-24, especially for those impacted by community violence, and hopefully encourage them to “invest in their futures and offer opportunities for education, jobs and careers combined with leadership development and mentoring support.” The Kenan Trust partnered with Cities United and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement to create this strategy, which is based on “the belief that young Black men are assets to our communities and cities. They are creative, resourceful and whole, and if given the right support system and opportunities, they will thrive.”

Data Gives a Platform to People of Color

Learn about Data for Black Lives, a new “organization that compiles facts and figures to try to makes sense of black people’s individual and collective experiences as an act of social and political resistance.” Founders Yeshimabeit Milner and Lucas Mason-Brown aim to unite scientists and activists around solving issues of redlining, gerrymandering, police violence, and maternal mortality rates, and in doing so prevent data from being used against communities of color.