Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program

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Program Overview

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.

Program Audience

  • 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.

Key Activities

  • Leadership Development
  • Education
  • Research
  • Volunteer
  • Networking
  • Resources

Program Point-of-Contact

Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs
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Jerry Roberts

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Patrick Hendricks

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Kelli King-Jackson

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Michelle D. Johnson

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Katrina Mitchell

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Terrance Pitts

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Evelyn Burnett

Vice President, Economic Opportunity

Neighborhood Progress Inc.

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Kimberlin Butler

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Leon Caldwell

Senior Research Associate

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

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Ellen Collins

Program Officer

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Andrea Forsht

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Leslie Herod

Program Officer

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Senior Program Associate for Education and Community Change

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Kenita Williams

Senior Program Manager, Public Policy

Southeastern Council of Foundations

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Omar Woodard

Principal

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Director of Diversity Fellowship

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Angell Foundation

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Talib Horne

Vice President for Community Development

Living Classrooms Foundation

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Summer N. Jackson

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Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy

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Nakisha Lewis

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Schott Foundation for Public Education

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Denise St. Omer

Vice President of Community Investment

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation

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Program Officer on the Family Economic Security

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Program Officer

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Simone Washington

Director of Programs

The Community Foundation of South Alabama

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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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January 19, 2015
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March 2015

March 4 – 6, 2015
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March 18 – 19, 2015
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March 18 – 20, 2015
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March 25 – 28, 2015
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April 16, 2015
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April 22 – 24, 2015
Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) 9th Annual Gathering

April 23 – 25, 2015
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April 24 – 28, 2015
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April 29 – May 1, 2015
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May 2015

May 21, 2015
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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
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July 4 – 11, 2015
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August 2015

August 1 – 31, 2015
Black Philanthropy Month

August 20, 2015
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September 2015

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

September 17, 2015
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September 23 – 26, 2015
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October 2015

October 1 – 4, 2015
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October 15, 2015
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October 21 – 23, 2015
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November 2015

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November 17, 2015
ABFE Founders Day

November 19, 2015
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December 1, 2015
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December 17, 2015
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January 22, 2015
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ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program
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Birmingham, AL

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

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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
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ABFE Member Black Male Learning & Action Network (LAN) 2014 Meeting
September 9-11, 2014 in Pittsburgh, PA
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Susan Taylor Batten

President and CEO

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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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THE EXIT INTERVIEW: Perceptions on Why Black Professionals Leave Grantmaking Institutions

Today ABFE shares with you our new report on perceptions of why Black professionals leave the field of philanthropy. This research is the first of its kind and comes at a time when we are actually celebrating a number of recent high-level appointments of Black professionals in the field. While this is good news (for example, of the top 10 foundations in the country, four have Black CEOs), The Exit Interview suggests that we have to pay as much attention to the retention of Black professionals and other professionals of color as we do to leadership pipelines and development programs for these groups. Retention strategies are much more about changing the culture of philanthropy as well as providing diverse leaders with the “armor” and protective factors they need to survive in foundation environments – particularly if they are leaders on issues of racial and social justice.

For those who care deeply about the issues of diversity, I am sad to say that contemporary work in the field often overlooks the important role that racial/ethnic affinity groups play. And several foundations have reduced their support to the field of philanthropy and these organizations. Yet, it is the presence of these groups that is responsible for maintaining the little diversity we have in the field today! We may not have been able to increase the numbers as much as we would like but I am convinced that we are helping to ensure we have not slipped backwards. Which is why we are releasing this report now…it looks like we (i.e., Black professionals) may be losing ground (the report cites 2011-2012 data, but the 2013 totals we’ve seen are even lower).

So yes, we join the field in celebrating the promotion of a few people of color but let’s not forget the actual experiences of most people of color. I invite you to read The Exit Interview and share your reflections on the data and experience of colleagues from the field. We stand ready to have honest discussions and try new strategies moving forward.

Warmest regards,
Susan Taylor Batten - Signature
Susan Taylor Batten

 

2016 Patiño Moore Award Highlights
ABFE congratulates The Puerto Rico Community Foundation on receiving the 2016 Patiño Moore Legacy Award in Washington D.C on November 16, 2016. The award of $150,000 was presented to Dr. Nelson Colón, director of the foundation. The Patiño Moore Legacy Award was created jointly by ABFE, Hispanics in Philanthropy and Marguerite Casey Foundation. The award is named after Dr. Douglas Patiño and Wenda Weekes Moore for their ongoing legacy of work to improve relations between Black and Brown communities.

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ABFE members are encouraged to vote and take part in the 2017 Patiño Moore Award selection process.

A Response to Injustice
Susan Taylor Batten on the Trayvon Martin Verdict.
This will be one of those moments in this country — you remember where you were when you heard the news. The Trayvon Martin verdict reminds us why our work to advocate for justice at every level remains so important.  | DOWNLOAD THE FULL LETTER HERE >>

Karen Kelley-Ariwoola’s Essay on Why Philanthropy Matters
Hear from a former James Joseph Lecturer on why she values ABFE and what she got out of our 2013 Conference!
A Soul/Spirit Connection: Remembering Why Philanthropy Matters, Part I | VIEW >>
A Soul/Spirit Connection: Remembering Why Philanthropy Matters, Part II | VIEW >>

Dr. Emmett Carson’s Essay on the Fallacy of Post-Racial America
Foundation CEO Convening on Expanding Opportunity and Wellness for Black Males and Boys and Men of Color (BMC).
Read Dr. Carson’s essay, Foundations and the Fallacy of Post-Racial America: African American Men and Civic Engagement | DOWNLOAD HERE >>

Former ABFE Board Chair Shares her Thoughts on Philanthropy
Gladys Washington, former ABFE Board Chair, and current Program Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, shares her thoughts on philanthropy.
Read on to learn how Gladys got her start in philanthropy, her advice for those pursuing a career in philanthropy and more. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

Susan Taylor Batten, ABFE President and CEO in black gives back. | READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE >>

The Congressional Black Caucus New Launch
Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) officially announces its “For the People” Jobs Initiative, which includes nationwide job fairs and town hall meetings. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

New study by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Press Release on a study that finds new guidelines help judges better serve abused and neglected children and their families. | DOWNLOAD >>

Former ABFE fellow Danista Hunte’s new role
Former ABFE Fellow Danista Hunte is promoted to Vice President, Community Investment of the Baltimore Community Foundation. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

Luther Ragin, Jr., new CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network
Luther Ragin, Jr. assumes the role of the Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) first Chief Executive Officer beginning in September.
READ PRESS RELEASE FROM GIIN HERE >>
READ F. B. HERON’S ANNOUNCEMENT >>

Ivye L. Allen receives recognition from the White House
Ivye Allen was identified by the White House as a Champions of Change, who is solving local problems and redefining civic participation for the 21st century. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

Northwest Area Foundation’s African American Leadership Forum
Read this article about the Northwest Area Foundation and the impact of their African American Leadership Forum. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

Former ABFE Fellow Chad U. Jones’ new role
Former ABFE Fellow Chad U. Jones is named the new Executive Director of the Community Investment Network. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

Two ABFE Fellows/members recognized by COF
Cedric Brown and Trista Harris: Two ABFE Fellows recognized in the Council on Foundations’ Profile in Philanthropy. | [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE (LINK BROKEN)] >> E-MAIL membership@cof.org FOR FULL ARTICLE

Huffington Post article
Read an article by David Sciarra encouraging Newark educators, parents, leaders and university partners to build upon Newark’s progress. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

New York Time article
New York Times: ‘Culture of Poverty’ Makes a Comeback. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

New York Times Op-Ed
Bob Herbert, NYT: A tragic crisis of enormous magnitude is facing black boys and men in America. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

New York Daily News article
Perspective by Tom Burrell, advertising executive and author: ‘Racial stereotypes are far more deeply ingrained than whites or blacks realize. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

Press Release
The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education announced that it has received a $1.2 million, three-year grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to launch the Maynard Media Center on Structural Racism (MMCSR). | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

New York Times Article
This New York Times article discusses that as many as 400,000 nonprofit organizations may lose their tax exemptions due to a provision in a 2006 federal bill. | READ FULL COLUMN HERE >>

ABFE Guest Columnist
Read the latest column by Ouida Washington and Derek Koen, Producers of Beyond the Bricks, as they discuss the critical value of funding media tools. | DOWNLOAD >>

Philanthropy Staff Race/Ethnicity Statistics
The Council on Foundations has released the 2008 report on Race/Ethnicity for Professional and Administrative Positions in Philanthropy.
VIEW THE REPORT HERE >>
READ THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY HERE >>

Washington Post article
This interesting article discusses the impact of neighborhoods and how it is greater than other factors in children’s backgrounds. This article is based on the Neighborhoods and the Black-White Mobility Gap report from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>
CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK TO THE REPORT >>

Open Society Institute audio
Listen to the Open Society Institute Campaign for Black Male Achievement luncheon with Steven C. Pitts, labor policy specialist at the Center for Labor Research and Education, University of California–Berkeley. Steven Pitts focuses on the job crisis facing the Black community, with an emphasis on Black men and the immigration reform movement. Mr. Pitts presents data on Black employment leading into the recession, the changing ethnic composition of occupations, and some pathways forward. | CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO. >>

New York Times article
In Prisoners’ Wake, a Tide of Troubled Kids is a compelling article by the New York Times that discusses the affect parental imprisonment has on children. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

Benjamin Jealous Commentary
Benjamin Jealous, President and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and an ABFE board member has a interesting, must-read commentary that was posted on CNN. | READ FULL COLUMN HERE >>

ABFE Congratulates Nicole Campbell
Nicole Campbell, Vice President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and a member of the 2008-2009 Class of ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellows has been selected as a White House Fellow for 2009-2010.
Congratulations. Ms. Campbell!
Click HERE >> to see the complete list of White House Fellows.

Ford Foundation Buyouts to Staff
The Ford Foundation is offering buyouts to one-third of its 550 employees to reduce expenses and avoid cutting its grant making. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>

Dr. john a. powell – Kirwan Institute Report
This preliminary report presents data on the racially disparate effects of the current recession. It lays out the need for race conscious policy design, and illustrates the shortcomings of a “universal” policy approach. It offers a preliminary assessment of the new Administration’s first steps, largely though an analysis of selected aspects of the proposed stimulus bill. It identifies broader opportunities and challenges for the new Administration, and concludes with big picture thinking regarding how we can respond to the crisis – the danger and the opportunity – that faces us today. | DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT HERE >>

blackboysreport.org
More than a half-century after Brown v. Board of Education, the nation’s urban public school systems continue to be a pipeline to failure for most Black male students. | DOWNLOAD FULL COLUMN HERE >>

ssireview.org
An article in the October 18th issue of the Chronicle of Philanthropy Image vs. Reality, The nonprofit world’s ideal of inclusion is still a dream for many organizations (Special Report on Achieving Diversity) highlights these 2006 figures for foundations:

  •  Nearly 77% of foundation workers are white
  • 94.2% of CEOs are white
  • 85% of full time program officers are white
  • 88% of board members are white

The Stanford Social Innovation Review published a series of comments sparked by the blog entry, Philanthropy Doesn’t Care About Black People, by Rosetta Thurman, a nonprofit emerging leader of color who was featured in the Chronicle’s article. | READ FULL ARTICLE HERE >>