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.
Read the latest edition of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation magazine, featuring the Campaign for Black Male Achievement as an Agent of Change.
Since its inception in 2008, CBMA has helped catalyze the movement of Black male achievement, and with SVCF as its fiscal sponsor starting in 2015, CBMA has worked to ensure the growth, sustainability and impact leaders and groups committed to improving outcomes for Black men.
“From the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, it has become clear that now is the time to recommit to the civil rights movement.
Nonprofits across the country are picking up the civil rights baton and working to promote racial equality with support from SVCF.”
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.