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CLFP is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors, and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn from seasoned grantmakers and peers on a regular basis, understand how to be more effective agents for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges. The Fellowship begins with a week-long Leadership Summit. In addition, Fellows conduct a 360-degree evaluation and are assigned a leadership coach. Each fellow is required to complete a community-based learning project during the fellowship year, which can be volunteer work or a research project on a topic of interest.

Program Objectives

  • To increase the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities.

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  • ABFE Members: foundation trustees, executive staff and program officers.
  • Partners: grantmaking entities, including private foundations, community foundations, corporate giving programs, donor-advised funds and giving circles.

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  • Leadership Development
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ABFE’s professional and leadership development is primarily focused on members’ interests.  ABFE provides information and other resources that inform grantmaking strategies and support career and leadership development for Black professionals in the field.

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Special Edition: ABFE Pre-Conference Webinar
Funding Black Prosperity: How Foundations can Support Black Businesses and Strengthen Black Communities

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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ABFE’s Black Social Funders Change Network Presents “Saving Our Democracy: Philanthropy’s Role in Protecting and Building Black Political Power”

Friday, December 15, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

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United for All Dreamers: Strategies for Supporting AAPI, Black, and LGBTQ DACA Immigrants

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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Beyond Plight: Keys to Optimal Development for Black Men and Boys – A Funders Briefing

Thursday, August 17, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

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The Color of Philanthropy: Southern Leaders, National Potential

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

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In this movement moment, it’s time for national funders to look South. Our Southern neighbors have a vibrant history of successful movements for racial and social justice, yet grassroots Southern leaders are often overlooked by philanthropy and lack funding to pursue their own agendas.

The South is already home to a strong ecosystem of people-of-color (POC)-led philanthropic institutions that can help drive resources for racial and social justice. National grantmakers can learn from and partner with these institutions. This webinar will explore the crucial role of POC-led philanthropy in the South, with an emphasis on the powerful potential for significant impact not only in the Southern region, but nationally.

Join NCRP, ABFE, Grantmakers for Souther Progress (GSP) and the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) for a conversation with Takema Robinson, director of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network (moderator); Felecia Lucky, executive director of the Black Belt Community Foundation; Flozell Daniels, Jr., president and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana; Karen Watson, executive director of the Positive Action Committee; and Fernando Cuevas, executive director of the Southern Partners Fund.

To learn more about the webinar speakers, please visit: www.ncrp.org/event/color-philanthropy-southern-leaders-national-potential

Gender Norms & Black Youth: Reconnecting Race, Class AND Gender

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

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Rigid gender norms have immense raced and classed impacts on youth of color. In fact, gender affects almost every problem funders address. Yet, while some funders are solidly grounded in racial and economic justice, few do innovative work or challenge their grantees to do so when it comes to gender. Studies clearly show that young Black men and women who internalized rigid ideals for masculinity and femininity have lower life outcomes in areas like health and education. On the flip side, those who don’t conform to gender norms – who are gay or trans –face their own adverse life impacts from rigid gender expectations.

This session will help participants reconnect race, class, and gender. Participants will learn how gender norms have specific impacts on life outcomes among youth of color. Concrete examples will be provided on integrating a gender lens into “intersectional” giving. No prior knowledge necessary, but reports will be shared to provide context.

The recent, critically acclaimed movie, Moonlight, tells a powerful narrative of some Black males becoming men. It has struck a chord with many of those who have seen it. If you can, see the film, before the webinar, as it’s in theaters now – http://moonlight-movie.com/

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  1. Know and understand basic gender associated terminology
  2. Understand the basic concepts of gender transformative giving
  3. Know how gender norms impact Black and other youth of color, and how to integrate this into an intersectional approach to gender

Co-hosts – True Child; Frontline Solutions; Funders for LGBTQ Issues

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Foundations and Hospitals: New Partnerships to Improve Black Lives

Thursday, October 20, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EST

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Health reform initiatives, coupled with national discourse on the social and economic conditions of Black communities, offer new opportunities for partnership between hospitals and philanthropy. Forces that continue to negatively influence the health and wellbeing of residents from historically marginalized Black communities will be explored and contemporary manifestations of institutionalized racism–and its impact on population health–will be discussed in this webinar.

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Policing Blackness: Black Communities and Criminal Justice

Thursday, August 18, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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Contemporary racial disparities are well documented through the disproportionate relationship between Black communities and the criminal justice system. Undeniably, over the last 3 years the issues of Black communities, social justice and policing have been headline news throughout the nation generating polarizing political debates.

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Black Power 50: A Funders Conversation

Thursday, June 16, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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June 16th marks the 50th anniversary of the term “Black Power” prominently introduced by activist Stokely Carmichael addressing an organized audience in Greenwood, Mississippi after the shooting of civil rights leader James Meredith, who was wounded in a march to register Black people to vote following the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Black Power became more than a term. Black Power formalized an important intellectual, social and artistic framework that inspired a new generation and movement to address eroding civil rights protection. The framework inspired the later work of Dr. Martin Luther King, introduced the Black Arts Movement, promoted Black Studies programs across colleges and universities and encouraged dynamic grassroots activism national and throughout the globe.

This timely conversation will examine how philanthropy addresses the historic and contemporary relationship towards advancing grassroots leadership and organizations that work towards advancing justice, equity and fulfillment for Black communities that introduce new ideas and strategies for social progress. Ideals associated with Black Power have re-emerged for a new generation within popular culture and discourse, as evident with the recent photograph of the all-female West Point graduates, films and the entertainer Beyonce. Similar towards today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement, philanthropy can constructively respond to new cultural and social narratives that relate towards effective grant making. This session will bring together leading thinkers to address the role foundations can play in advancing racial justice and equity.

Building a Strong Infrastructure for Black Civic Engagement Political Giving

Thursday, May 19, 2016 2:00-3:00 EDT

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A discussion on how to incorporate civic engagement and political giving into your philanthropic strategy. In the upcoming year the significance of voting in the Black community will be at the forefront of most news cycles. However, most of our philanthropic efforts do not address many of the root issues – the underinvestment in Black political infrastructure. We will highlight the value of c4 resources and the best vehicles to leverage your c3 dollars to help build Black political infrastructure and strengthen the organizations that are leading this work.

Our guests will include leaders from the civic engagement and political world. The panel will be moderated by Cietta Kiandoli, Director of the Black Civic Engagement Fund at the Democracy Alliance. We look forward to your participation in what promises to be a robust discussion about what we can build together.

2016 CLFP Interest Call / ABFE Webinar

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 2:00-3:00 EDT

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The ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors, and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn from seasoned grantmakers and peers on a regular basis, understand how to be more effective agents for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges. Fellows attend a week-long Leadership Summit and are assigned an executive coach. In addition, each fellow is required to complete a community-based learning project during the fellowship year. This can be volunteer work or a research project on a topic of interest. Please note that fellows will be based at their home institutions and in their communities during the fellowship year.

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Black Social Change Funders Network Webinar

Thursday, December 10, 2015 1:30-3:00 EDT

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In the past year, the “Black Lives Matter” Movement has successfully rekindled a public consciousness and action about anti-Black racism in law enforcement and other areas of Black life that we have not seen in 40 years. However, this moment has also revealed that in order for Black communities to matter and thrive, it is necessary to strengthen the institutional and political power of the Black community by revitalizing the infrastructure for Black social change. This is the broader opportunity sparked by this moment and one in which philanthropy can play a major role. The Hill-Snowdon Foundation and ABFE have come together to launch the Black Social Change Funders Network to stimulate and coordinate philanthropic action to revitalize Black social change infrastructure.

Please listen in on the first meeting of the Black Social Change Funders Network where the vision, purpose and proposed functions of the Network were discussed and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions and engage in the work going forward.

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Black Out: Understanding LGBTQ Advocacy and Black Communities

Thursday, November 19, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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Black LGBTQ communities have always been at the intersection of racial justice and LGBTQ activism, although their continued invisibility within these movements have marginalized their voices due to homophobia, transphobia, bi-phobia and racism. Although pioneers such as James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Audre Lorde and Bayard Rustin used activism to advance racial justice and LGBTQ issues, there is still more work to be done.

LGBTQ Black communities experience a unique form of discrimination at home and within faith institutions, schools, workplaces, health facilities and communities. This session, co-sponsored by Funders for LGBTQ Issues and The Third Wave Fund, will examine how leaders and organizations connect racial and LGBTQ identity to secure social justice for LGBTQ people.

Speakers:
Gabriel Foster, Trans Justice Funding Project
Naa Hammond, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Ernest Hopkins, San Francisco AIDS Foundation
Roz Lee, Arcus Foundation

Moderator:
Alvin Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Evaluation as a Tool Towards Equity

Thursday, September 18, 2015 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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There has been increasing interest among the members and allies, who are more explicitly taking a stance on racial inequity. We believe that philanthropy can play a major role in mitigating racial inequity in our society.

In this webinar, led by Jara Dean-Coffey, with jdcPartnerships, we’ll explore how to push for greater understanding and implications (and limitations) of an equity frame. Diversity and Inclusion remain areas that are more comfortable to adopt, but ABFE sees them as steps on the path to equity–the ultimate goal. What’s needed to deepen and expand understanding about equity, both within philanthropy as well as externally (with partners, communities, etc.)?

This webinar offers a frame for evaluation, aligned with the efforts of many foundations engaged in efforts to promote equity, equitable evaluation (EE). It offers a brief overview of evolution of evaluation and its relationship to philanthropy in order to contextualize the capacities and competencies needed to adopt an equitable evaluation approach.

Pre-reading:

Raising the Bar – Integrating Cultural Competence and Equity: Equitable Evaluation – http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/tfr/vol6/iss2/8/

Participants will receive an overview of resources related to equitable evaluation as well as a set of reflection questions to support Equitable Evaluation Capacity Building (EECB) after the webinar.

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Jara Dean-Coffey, jdcPartnerships

Funders Briefing: An Update on the Movement for Black Lives

Thursday, September 10, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

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What some saw as a fleeting moment, has become a global movement–a revolution. Marches and uprisings have emerged across the world in response to the long-argued fact that Black people have been, disproportionately, victimized in a myriad of ways. Philanthropic & social justice leaders have convened in Napa, Detroit, Cleveland, Ferguson and New York, with a deep commitment to fighting against state-sanctioned violence, explicit injustice and implicit bias. Activists have, successfully, forced a conversation on race to the national political arena. The criminalization of “Laughing while Black”, on a Napa wine train, reminds us that being Black has a cost in a racially inequitable society–and no one is exempt.

Join this call and get the latest updates on how philanthropy is moving forward as part of the movement for racial equity and Black liberation — and what’s needed — as we continue to proclaim that #BlackLivesMatter every day and everywhere.

Consider these articles as important pre-reading for the call – and for your calling:
As We Mourn Charleston’s Victims, Philanthropy Must Act – https://philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-As-We-Mourn/231189

A Decade After Katrina, Can Philanthropy Make Black Lives Matter? – https://philanthropy.com/article/Opinion-A-Decade-After/232659

ABFE Makes a Point – http://www.abfemakesapoint.org/

Speakers:
Allen Kwabena Frimpong, BCT Partners
Marjona Jones, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Nakisha M. Lewis, Ms. Foundation for Women
Tynesha McHarris, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Nathaniel Chioke Williams, Hill-Snowdon Foundation

Moderator:
Edward Jones, ABFE- A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Gathering Strength: How the Movement for Black Lives is Growing

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

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The movement to celebrate, organize, support, and defend Black communities from police and state violence and assert the right to survive and thrive has grown into a national and worldwide movement for systemic transformation and deep healing. A new chapter is being written in the long journey towards racial justice and Black liberation.

Convenings, like Black Lives Matter Chapter Convening In Detroit (June) and the Movement for Black Lives Convening in Cleveland (July) are creating spaces for Black activists to realize that promise fully–on their own terms. On this call, you will hear from convening organizers and fellow grantmakers about opportunities to support this important groundswell of momentum to build for the long term.

Co-sponsors: Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities, Emerging Practitioners In Philanthropy, Funders Collaborative on Youth Organizing, Funders for LGBTQ Issues, The George Gund Foundation, Native Americans in Philanthropy, Neighborhood Funders Group, New York Women’s Foundation, North Star Fund, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, Proteus Fund, Solidaire Network, and Women Donors Network

Black Vote Matters: Exploring the Shifting Landscape of Voting, Democracy & Civic Participation

Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

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Undeniably, voting and civic participation have been vital elements towards establishing an inclusive and vibrant democracy to ensure all people have a voice in their nation. On August 6th our nation will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), one of the crowning achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, yet two years ago a key section of VRA was overturned by the United States Supreme Court, therefore redefining voter protection. Respectfully, VRA is only one part of a larger system to encourage civic participation. Throughout the United States, issues of voter suppression, re-districting, and other issues continue to disproportionately impact and influence the lives of Black voters. Given the importance of civic engagement in a growing multi-racial nation, what does the future of funding and activism towards protecting Black voters look like? What constructive roles can advocates and funders play in addressing these new dynamics? This provocative conversation will explore challenges and opportunities towards expanding and supporting civic participation within Black communities.

Presenters:
Keesha Gaskins, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Ludovic Blain, Color of Democracy Fund
Austin Thompson, Youth Engagement Fund/ Democracy Alliance

Moderator:
Alvin Louis Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

#BlackLivesMatter in Philanthropy: Black Funders As Organizers
Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT


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A discussion on our urgent responsibility to challenge our sector & strategies for how to start with your own institution and networks. This conversation reminds Black professionals in philanthropy that we have a right to show up as our “whole selves” as black people and as organizers. In order to support and strengthen social movements, it is critical for philanthropy to shift into a community that genuinely values all Black lives. As we learn from our sisters and brothers using their bodies on protest lines to challenge the state, we must move with urgency to change our own instructions, our foundation networks and colleagues to move towards becoming more responsive to the needs of Black leadership and Black communities. We hope to use this conversation to share opportunities for collective action, examples and strategies to begin your own organizing and inspire each other to be willing to take risks.

Some background on how this group came to be and what it hopes to achieve: The police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the decision by respective Grand Juries not to bring forth criminal charges unleashed the anger and energy of Black communities across the United States. Black philanthropists were not immune to this moment and today, collectively and individually, we struggle to better understand our roles.

#BlackLivesMatter is opening spaces for Black practitioners, allies, and partners in philanthropy to further expand their involvement in this current movement for Black lives.

Presenters:
Tynesha McHarris, Brooklyn Community Foundation
Nakisha Lewis, Ms. Foundation for Women
Allen Kwabena Frimpong, BCT Partners

Moderator:
Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE

Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program Interest Call
Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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During this call, participants were able to chat with ABFE staff members about our signature Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program and the application process.

Presenters:
Lynne Algrant, Professional Development Coordinator, ABFE
Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE

Embracing Equity: One Funder's Journey
Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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Nonet Sykes, Senior Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will lead a webinar highlighting the organization’s internal and external Race Equity and Inclusion efforts, the Equitable Opportunities Framework and promising strategies for increasing equity and equitable opportunities both within a foundation and in the field.

By the end of this session, participants will:
1. Have a shared understanding of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s internal and external Race Equity and Inclusion efforts and the Equitable Opportunities Framework
2. Gain knowledge on how they might employ Casey’s Equitable Opportunities Framework and strategies in their work
3. Understand the implications of implementing Race Equity and Inclusion efforts within a foundation.

Presenters:
Nonet Sykes, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Moderator:
Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE

Re-imagining Blackness: An Inspiring Lens on Films and Activism
Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT

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Nearly 100 years ago, the film “Birth of Nation” was created to perpetuate inaccurate Black narratives and shape public opinion towards recently freed Blacks that were migrating throughout the United States into newly formed urban enclaves. Today, contemporary films like “SELMA” and documentaries like the recently released “Through a Lens Darkly” provide a powerful and lasting medium towards advancing ideas and values about race, inequality, history and social issues. The recent Oscar nominations struck a resounding discord with many. The Academy’s failure to nominate any Black actors or filmmakers suggests that Black Lives don’t seem to matter much in Hollywood. Undeniably, supporting films and documentary making provides funders a significant opportunity to reach and educate audiences while promoting diversity in the film making industry. Films create a lasting imprint upon the consciousness of its viewers and inspire conversations about challenging public interests issues. When done well, they tell the true stories about Black people. Join us for an engaging conversation with funders and film makers as they discuss the important role of films that inspire social change and new ideas.

Presenters:
Vee Bravo, Education Tribeca Film Institute
Sonya Childress, Firelight Media
Sharon La Cruise, Ford Foundation
Loira Limbal, Firelight Media
Dolly Turner, The Blackhouse Foundation

Moderator:
Alvin Louis Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Dear Philanthropy: A Necessary Conversation on Millennial Diversity within the Sector
Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT

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Millennials are the most ethnically diverse generation of all time. Pew Research Center reports 43% of millennials are non-white. However, mainstream reporting and illustration on millennial philanthropy neglects to reflect the ethnic diversity that exist among the generation. Research exists that proves millennials from communities of color do in fact give. So why aren’t we hearing about them more? Join us, along with Friends of Ebonie LLC., the leading voice in black millennial philanthropic engagement, to discuss the issue of millennial diversity in philanthropy and what the sector can begin to do to change the narrative.

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Ebone Johnson Cooper, Friends of Ebonie, LLC.
Angela Jones Hackley, Interim President and Vice President, Philanthropic Services, The Community Foundation for National Capital Region
Brickson Diamond, The Executive Leadership Council and The BlackHouse Foundation
Charles Lewis, A.G. Gaston Construction and The Birmingham Change Fund

Case Study: Who Manages The Money? How Foundations Should Help Democratize Capital
Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EDT


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There is a growing trend among institutional investors to take a more inclusive approach to managing capital. The recently-released report, “Who Manages the Money? How Foundations Should Help Democratize Capital,” centers on expanding the pool of investment managers to include best-in-class diverse firms. Such a shift advances both equity and fiduciary goals. Research shows that small independent investment firms often outperform larger counterparts in many asset and sub-asset classes.

Foundations lag behind other institutional investors in diversifying their mix of investment managers. Despite the mission of many to address historic inequities, foundations typically focus diversity efforts on grant making, leadership or staffing. However, they are missing a significant opportunity. Using diverse managers would allow foundations to leverage new investment talent to enhance returns, as well as create a positive social impact that holistically aligns their business practices with their philanthropic missions.

This webinar will explore the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s work with diverse investment managers as an example of how to embed equity and inclusion in an investment portfolio. While still early, the portfolio valued at $111 million, has achieved positive performance since its 2010 inception.

Join the conversation to learn more about the process, key lessons learned and looking ahead as even more foundations may apply principles of equity not only to the grants the issue, but also to their professional services.

From Moment to Movement
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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The recent summer events in Ferguson, Missouri illustrate the long journey for racial equity and justice in America and present a complex landscape for advocates, community members, government and foundations to address issues of racial discrimination. Like many moments in history, events can be catalytic to inspire social change or fade into our collective memory. Beyond the images of civil unrest in Ferguson – can we move “from moment to movement?”

This webinar session explored the opportunities and challenges of implementing movement-based grant making strategies that ultimately achieve equity for Black communities. Specifically, what is the role of foundations to support and nurture movement building that engages in policy reform, community organizing, and public awareness?

Presenters
Roz Lee, Director, Social Justice Initiatives, Arcus Foundation
Niki Jagpal, Research and Policy Director, National Center for Responsive Philanthropy
Nat Williams, Executive Director, Hill-Snowden Foundation
Eric Braxton, Executive Director, Funders Collaborative for Youth Organizing
Charneice Fox Richardson, Creative Director, Straight, No Chaser Productions
Edgar Villanueva, Program Officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation

Moderator:
Alvin Louis Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Digital Black Power, Social Media, and Justice
Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

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Undeniably, the new digital age has redefined America and shifted the landscape for social justice advocacy for black communities. More and more individuals receive their information through social media and advocates have devel-oped new strategies to communicate their work through multi-media platforms and online organizing strate-gies. Over the last decade, new civil rights issues have emerged for advocates including: access to broadband sup-port; diversity in the technology sector; education and coding; and federal media policy reform.

This webinar explores the growing role philanthropy and advocates can play to secure media justice and how technology has shaped a new frontier for organizing and advocacy in the black community.

Panelists:

Malkia Cyril
Executive Director
Center for Media Justice

Cedric Brown
Managing Partner
Kapor Center for Social Impact

Rashad Robinson
Executive Director
Color of Change

Dr. Brittney Cooper
Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies
Rutgers University

Darnell L. Moore
Educator & Writer

Moderator:
Alvin Louis Starks
Director of Strategic Initiatives
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Unfinished Business of Brown v. Board of Education
Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Undeniably, education remains one of the most critical issues for most foundations and families in America. Social research highlights the importance of education in transforming individuals, communities and making our country stronger and more competitive in a shifting 21st Century global economy. Perhaps no other issue is more important towards advancing racial progress in America than education.

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s groundbreaking decision of Brown v. Board of Education which found “separate but equal” unconstitutional and racially integrated the American classroom. Yet the civil rights journey for educational access has left many Black communities behind while widening the gap of inequities across all lines of race, class and gender. Although the legacy of Brown worked to secure racial integration within public schools, new contemporary challenges have emerged such as school disciplinary policies, shifting educational options for American students and unstable resources for high quality education.

What are the educational options for Black children and families?
How will the philanthropic community address these dynamics?
What strategies are working and what are we still missing?
How are people as individuals seeking to achieve their vision of equity in education?

Please join ABFE for a multi-media webinar and provocative conversation as we explore the legacy of Brown and the current trends, philanthropic solutions and challenges that must be addressed to support the next generation of education advocacy.

Panelists:
Felicia DeHaney, Director of Education and Learning , W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Jonathan Stith, National Coordinator, The Alliance for Educational Justice

Moderator:
Alvin Louis Starks, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

President’s Message

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December 2011

Dear ABFE Members, Friends and Supporters;

The 40th anniversary year for ABFE went by so quickly! The first quarter was dominated by the planning and excitement around our anniversary celebration and Annual Conference in April. The remainder of the year, my third with the organization, was filled with planned activities as well conversations about new directions. It is a dynamic time for us as we strive to make a difference today while we simultaneously think about how we re-position and re-structure ourselves for impact in the future.

Today we are pleased to share a summary of our work in 2011. A few highlights of our busy year include:

  • our 40th Anniversary celebration that convened 250 colleagues in Philadelphia, PA; one of our largest meetings to date. We had the pleasure of discussing the past successes of the organization as well as our charge for the future with the original ABFE founders and early leaders as well as current members;
  • the launch of two new areas of work. The first is our Leverage the Trust Campaign which aims to engage 100 Black foundation trustees in activities related to effective and responsive grantmaking in Black communities. The second is our work to engage Black investment managers, who are critical donors themselves, in the field of philanthropy;
  • the growth of the Black Philanthropic Network (BPN), the coalition of regional Blacks in philanthropy groups. The BPN is growing in size, influencing the launch of new regional groups in Philadelphia and North Carolina this year, and is deepening its capacity to be a peer resource for leaders moving important work around the country for Black communities;
  • the return of the Connecting Leaders Fellowship, one of ABFE’s signature programs. Congratulations to the Class of 2011-2012– watch their leadership and activity in the field – they mean business!
  • the deepening of our work to improve outcomes of Black men and boys. ABFE received funding this year from the Open Society Foundations to launch a Black Male Funders Learning and Action Network to further coordinate and leverage the resources of select foundations. Stay tuned for an announcement about our work with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities relating to Black male college access and completion;
  • the continuation of our Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities (RPBC) trainings with select foundations. In 2011, we were able to further hone this new offering to the field by working with leaders in the community foundation field who are committed to racial equity in grantmaking.

Next year promises to be a critical time for us as we step up our efforts to organize a movement among philanthropic entities, donors and nonprofits to address some of the challenges of the future. Our evolving work will be discussed at our 41st Annual Conference in Los Angeles – save the date April 27-29th, 2012. I hope you will join us! Until then, all of us at ABFE wish you health and progress…and the ability to lead and embrace change.

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Susan Taylor Batten
President and CEO


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January 2015

January 15, 2015
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ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series
Dear Philanthropy: A Necessary Conversation on Millennial Diversity within the Sector

January 19, 2015
Martin Luther King Day / National Day of Service

January 22, 2015
Texas Teacher Retirement System, Emerging Manager Conference

January 27 – 28, 2015
The LGBT Health Funding Summit

February 2015

February 1 – 28, 2015
Black History Month

February 19, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

February 27, 2015
Hispanics in Philanthropy 2015 Conference and HIPGiver Gala

March 2015

March 4 – 6, 2015
Grantmakers in Health, 2014 Annual Meeting

March 18 – 19, 2015
Foundations on the Hill 2015, Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers

March 18 – 20, 2015
Funders for LBGTQ – Funding Forward Annual Gathering

March 19, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

March 25 – 28, 2015
National Community Reinvestment Network

April 2015

April 16, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

April 22 – 24, 2015
Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) 9th Annual Gathering

April 23 – 25, 2015
Empower Philanthropy! ABFE 2015 Annual Conference in Napa, California

April 24 – 28, 2015
Council on Foundations 2015 Annual Meeting

April 25, 2015
AAPIP 25th Anniversary Event

April 29 – May 1, 2015
Cities United Annual Conference

May 2015

May 21, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

May 19 – 20, 2015
CECP (Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy) Summit

June 2015

June 8 – 10, 2015
2015 Family Foundations Forum, Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers

June 10 – 11, 2015
The Learning Conference 2015, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

June 15 – 17, 2015
26th Annual Pension and Financial Services Conference
National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP)

June 18, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

July 2015

July 4 – 11, 2015
Chautauqua Institution – Boys will be boys

July 16, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

August 2015

August 1 – 31, 2015
Black Philanthropy Month

August 20, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

September 2015

September 14 – 16, 2015
A Gathering of Leaders Annual Convening

September 17, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

September 23 – 26, 2015
Congressional Black Caucus Weekend

October 2015

October 1 – 4, 2015
CIN Leadership Summit, Community Investment Network

October 15, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

October 21 – 23, 2015
Grantmakers for Education, 18th Annual Conference

November 2015

Date: TBD
Facing Race Annual Conference

November 2 – 6, 2015
ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program Summit

November 17, 2015
ABFE Founders Day

November 19, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm
ABFE “Third Thursdays” Webinar Series

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December 1, 2015
Giving Tuesday

December 17, 2015
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ABFE on the Road

January 22, 2015
Donors Forum
Strategic Initiatives Summit
Chicago, IL

December 3 – 4, 2014
Consortium West
Los Angeles, CA

November 13, 2014 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
ABFE Reception at SECF Annual Meeting
New Orleans Marriott Hotel
Napoleon Room – 41st Floor
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Southeastern Council of Foundations Annual Meeting
New Orleans, LA

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ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program
Leadership Summit

Birmingham, AL

October 29, 2014
Donors Forum Diverse Trustee Program
Chicago, IL

October 28 – 29, 2014
Ferguson Funders Trip
Ferguson, MO

October 19 – 22, 2014
Council on Foundations Fall Community Foundations Conference
Cleveland, OH

October 2 – 5, 2014
Community Investment Network Annual Conference
Raleigh, NC

September 29 – October 1, 2014
W. K. Kellogg Foundation Strong Sector Convening
Detroit, MI

September 21 – 23, 2014
Marguerite Casey Foundation Grantee Convening
Atlanta, GA

September 18, 2014
Poise Foundation
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Pittsburgh, PA

ABFE’s Third Thursday Webinar Series: “Digital Black Power, Social Media, and Justice”

Join us on August 21, 2014 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT
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ABFE Member Black Male Learning & Action Network (LAN) 2014 Meeting
September 9-11, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA
Invitation OnlyView the highlight video from our last LAN gathering in Oakland.

Contact: Edward M. Jones, Director of Programs; ejones@abfe.org

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Press Releases

 

(February 9, 2017) BSCFN Case Statement Press Release

(December 9, 2014) Dear White People Press Release

(October 22, 2014) Case Study: Who Manages The Money? How Foundations Should Help Democratize Capital – Press Release

(September 12, 2014) ABFE 9th Class of Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program Announced – Press Release

(April 2, 2013) ABFE and AAPIP – Anna Deveare Smith Performance – Press Release

Susan Taylor Batten

President and CEO

Susan-Taylor-Batten

Susan Taylor Batten has more than twenty years of experience in directing, evaluating and advising both public and foundation-related efforts to improve outcomes for children, youth and families.

Ms. Batten joined the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) as President and CEO in January 2009. ABFE’s mission is to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black Communities and counts among its members some of the most influential staff, trustees and donors of grantmaking institutions in the U.S. Under her leadership, ABFE has expanded its membership base to nearly 400 individuals and has extended its reach outside of Black foundation professionals to Black donors and philanthropic civic organizations. Signature initiatives that have come to fruition during her tenure at ABFE include:

  • Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities: A training curriculum now offered to foundation boards and staff on strategies for increasing the impact of their investments in Black communities;
  • The Black Philanthropic Network: A coalition of 10 regional Black professional associations to strengthen ABFE’s ability to move a national agenda;
  • Leverage the Trust: A concerted effort to mobilize 100 Black foundation trustees to be strong advocates for the Black community;
  • The Black Male Funders Learning and Action Network: An affinity group of 20 foundations that invest in Black male achievement organized to leverage their investments; and
  • Smart Investing: An effort to provide access and opportunity for minority and women-owned firms to manage foundation endowments

Prior to joining ABFE, Ms. Batten was a Senior Associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. At Casey, Ms. Batten served as staff in the Community Change Initiatives Unit which provides communities and other partners with information, resources and supports to help transform neighborhoods into family supportive environments. She also coordinated a portfolio on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. In that role, she worked across the Foundation to strengthen its focus on addressing racial disparities in its grantmaking. Her duties also included assisting Casey in its efforts to build and employ equitable and inclusive management and administrative practices (workforce diversity, grantee diversity, vendor practices, etc.).

Prior to Casey, Ms. Batten served as Vice President at The Center for Assessment and Policy Development where she directed projects for national foundations in the areas of leadership development and supports for young parents and their children. While working with the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, she oversaw national evaluations of federal child nutrition programs and helped to increase access to food programs for the homeless population. Prior to USDA, Ms. Batten worked for several years for the Government of the District of Columbia on comprehensive children’s initiatives and, in particular, efforts to coordinate early childhood programs and policies across the city.

Ms. Batten was a member of the inaugural Class (2005-2006) of ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellows, a program designed to foster the development of mid-career African American leaders in the field of philanthropy. In 2008, she was named Change Agent of the Year by The Schott Foundation for Public Education. In 2015, Ms. Batten received the Pacesetter Award from the National Association of Security Professionals for her work to diversify the field of endowment asset management. She is a co-founder of the Race and Equity in Philanthropy Group and also serves on the board of the Forum for Regional Association of Grantmakers. Ms. Batten received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from Fisk University, and her Masters of Social Work degree from Howard University.

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About

Our Vision

ABFE will be central to a movement of grantmaking entities, donors and nonprofits to improve outcomes for Black communities and the country as a whole.

Our Mission

To promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities.

WHO WE ARE

ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the all-volunteer organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. It since has evolved into a fully staffed, influential network. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership.

WHAT WE DO

Advocacy

ABFE uses its position and networks in the field to share information for the express purpose of influencing the policies and practices in the field that may hinder the success of Black professionals or communities.

Knowledge, Training & Technical Assistance

ABFE has developed Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities, a framework for grantworking that supports the dignity of communities and optimizes inherent strengths to ensure better outcomes for Black communities. This new offering to the field provides tools and consultants to help funders employ the framework.

Networking & Convening

ABFE uses its position and networks in the field to share information for the express purpose of influencing policies and practices in the field that may hinder the success of Black professionals or communities. The following programs represent our current networking and convening areas:

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Professional & Leadership Development

ABFE’s professional and leadership development is primarily focused on members’ interests. ABFE provides information and other resources that inform grantmaking strategies and support career and leadership development for Black professionals in the field.

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OUR GOALS

TO ACHIEVE OUR MISSION WE ARE FOCUSED ON FOUR PRIMARY OUTCOMES:

  • The philanthropic sector has an increased understanding of the complex issues facing Black communities and they are better armed with the knowledge, leadership skills and decision-­making power to serve as strong advocates for Black communities in the philanthropic sector.
  • ABFE and its members are key partners and members of philanthropic efforts that strengthen Black communities.
  • The philanthropic sector is better linked to one another to develop joint or coordinated strategies that leverage resources for the greatest social impact in Black communities.
  • The philanthropic sector invests new and more effective resources targeted to priorities issues/polices that impact Black people and communities.