A message from Edgar Villanueva, vice president at the Schott Foundation for Public Education:
“Time and time again, we have learned that trauma cannot be healed from the outside in; for healing to take place, the people who have been harmed must have the resources they need to be agents in their own recovery. This is why philanthropic institutions must follow in the steps of organizations like NoVo Foundation, which is asking people who live in poverty to share their needs instead of telling these communities what to do.
This National Day of Racial Healing, it is necessary to acknowledge powerful moments of reckoning and opportunities to join together across lines of race, class, and gender in important arenas: sexual abuse and sexual harassment survivors saying #MeToo, #MuteRKelly, and #TimesUp; black Americans continuing to remind us that #BlackLivesMatter; anti-gun-violence advocates crying out for #NotOneMore; climate scientists pleading #WeToldYouSo. An inescapable fact is that our nation is being pushed to confront and deal with uncomfortable truths.”
Read the full article here.
Things are changing for the better for black-led nonprofits, who typically “have less access to funding sources, and have fewer cash reserves to use to support their missions”, according to a study organized by the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum.
“Earlier this year, local civic leaders and philanthropy professionals launched the Philadelphia Black Giving Circle to distribute pooled funds to nonprofits in the Philadelphia area that are black-led and black serving. Sidney Hargro, ED of Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia, said:
Historically, the black community has always valued the giving of money, goods, and time to support worthy causes, though the term “philanthropy” was not necessarily used to describe these efforts. The Philadelphia Black Giving Circle will be a formal catalyst that builds on this rich tradition to create and scale social change in our region.”
Read the full story by Alyssa Ochs in Inside Philanthropy.
This article in Forbes, titled Blacks Are Financially Struggling: Here’s How We Can Help Them, discusses the plight of the African American community and what can and is being done to support it.
“With all the statistics, reports, and negative news surrounding the Black community, this isn’t a time to get caught up in the media, or for any one person or company to turn their backs on these issues. This is a time for philanthropic endeavors to increase, and individuals like Susan Taylor Batten, the Chief Executive Officer of ABFE, are standing strong and continuing to promote effective philanthropy in Black communities. True impact comes from both our minds and our bank accounts, and organizations like ABFE are here to provide guidance and support to individuals and foundations who are interested in building black economic power.”
“’It’s not a single program, or a series of programs. It’s an initiative that sets to change the narrative about boys and young men of color,’ said Kyle Strickland, senior legal analyst for the Kirwan Institute. ‘That they deserve to have the opportunity to achieve their dreams, regardless of circumstance, regardless of background.’. . . He added that My Brother’s Keeper Ohio evolved from Kirwan’s own I Am My Brother’s Keeper program, which included hands-on services, such as mentoring and tutoring.”
Read this news article in The Lantern by Attiyya Toure discussing the launch of My Brother’s Keeper Ohio.
Read about Living Cities’ new racial equity lens. Living Cities, better known for its work on affordable housing, is doubling down on entrepreneurs of color. It aims to help entrepreneurs of color access capital, grow revenues and create good jobs.
Read the news about Robert F. Smith, Chairman and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, and his $2.5 million donation to the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) to focus research on African-American men who are 73 percent more likely to develop prostate cancer than any other race or ethnicity. The donation will also launch The Robert Frederick Smith Center of Precision Oncology Excellence in Chicago, Illinois – to aid veterans in the metropolitan area and beyond – who are battling prostate cancer.
Watch the trio team up to participate in the public service announcement We Are the Ones, an urgent rallying cry to young Americans from all backgrounds to take action, join the conversation and join the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance (MBK Alliance).
Read Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s announcement awarding $3.1 million in grants to promote health and success of boys and young men of color as part of its Empowerment Projects. The awards go towards nine organizations across the United States to provide culturally-relevant and evidence-supported responses to trauma for BYMOC in schools, health systems, juvenile detention, and community-based settings.
Google.org announces $1 million to The Hidden Genius Project, an Oakland, CA-based organization that is working to increase the representation of black male youth in tech. By mentoring Black male youth in technology creation, entrepreneurship, and leadership skills, The Hidden Genius Project aims to shift perceptions of computer scientists and inspire the next generation of technologists.
Meet the four CBMA grant awardees here. The recipients were participants in CBMA’s inaugural Building Beloved Community Leadership Fellowship (BBCLF) — an initiative launched earlier this year to strengthen the development and capacity of local leaders driving the work on the ground in CBMA’s core cities.