Fourteen local leaders have been selected for a new six-month pilot program to help build the capacity of nonprofits working on behalf of boys and men of color in several counties across Georgia — including Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Rockdale.
- Chris Appleton, WonderRoot
- Kenneth Braswell, Fathers Incorporated
- Cheryl Livsey Bursh, Neighborhoods Focused On African-American Youth, Inc.
- Scott Chatman, A Titus Man
- Ian Cohen, Next Generation Men
- John S. Kennebrew, Showcase Group
- Waverly T. Lucas II, Ballethnic Dance Company, Inc.
- Catrina DaCosta McAfee, LaAmistad
- Ervin C. Owens, CABEL Foundation
- Mansoor Sabree, Inner-City Muslim Action Network
- Susanna Marie Spiccia, re:imagine/ATL
- Jason Terrell, Profound Gentlemen
- Lydia E. Thacker, YMCA of Metro Atlanta
- Kenneth Williams, The Scholarship Academy
The Boys and Men of Color Executive Director Collaboration Circle is a joint effort by the Casey Foundation and Foundation Center South to help local leaders build partnerships, network and secure additional funding to develop educational and economic opportunities for this historically challenged population.
“We need to move from identifying the challenges boys and men of color face, to cultivating leaders who are willing to step up and address them,” said Kweku Forstall, who leads Casey’s work in Atlanta. “We hope the Circle will be an avenue for participants to evaluate promising approaches and advocate for much needed changes to the public policies and systems that have kept us from investing in boys and men of color as the assets they are — here in Georgia, and across the nation.”
Casey’s Changing the Odds report highlights many of the barriers boys and men of color face and the root causes in Atlanta, including:
- a history of segregation in public housing and zoning;
- under-resourced schools and poor learning environments; and
- the unequal distribution of jobs and career opportunities.
“Nonprofits supporting boys and men of color often tackle these complex barriers with tight budgets, small teams and limited opportunities for staff to learn, grow and regroup from the many demands that are common to the field,” said Utoia Gabby Wooten from the Foundation Center. “However, we are optimistic that with the right supports behind them, these leaders will breathe new life into Atlanta and help more boys and men of color navigate through life successfully.”
The executive leaders will meet monthly for interactive work sessions to develop strategies for engaging the philanthropic sector and generating revenue, and to create collaborative, community-based programming to close the persistent racial and equity gaps that exist in Atlanta.
The participants will also get the chance to present their collaborative projects to potential funders and compete for a grant of at least $25,000 to pilot their concept beginning in fall 2017.
For more information, contact Gabby Wooten.
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.
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.
Find out who Inside Philanthropy has listed as some of the most significant Black and Hispanic individual donors.
The nation’s ethnic landscape is changing, and by 2050, America will be majority non-white. These demographic shifts have implications for a wide variety of sectors, including philanthropy. Individual contributions constitute the single largest source of philanthropic support in the United States and historically the largest sums have come from white men. This does not mean, however, that people of color are not a part of the American philanthropic story, despite myriad obstacles.
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.
Yvonne Moore of Moore Philanthropy writes of August being a time to recall that the Black Diaspora are not simply recipients in philanthropy, but long-time donors with a long, beautiful, and sacrificial history. Black Americans bring not only intellect, but home-grown, and therefore deep, experience to their work.
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