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ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellow Nicole
F. Campbell (Class of 2008-09) and Vice President at Deutche
Bank of Americas Foundation has been selected as a White House Fellow for
Benjamin Jealous, ABFE Board Member and
President of the NAACP, wrote a compelling commentary "For the sake of my
daughter" where he highlights the harsh treatment of Blacks
for drug offenses by the criminal justice system.
Taking Care, A Rejuvenation
Retreat for Black Philanthropy Professionals
August 20 - 23, 2009
Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito,
CA. Sponsored by
ABFE, Bay Areas Blacks in Philanthropy and the Mitchell Kapor
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) released a comprehensive report exploring
key factors impacting academic outcomes for African-American
males. The report, "Breaking
Barriers: Plotting the Path to Academic Success for School-age
African-American Males," analyzes academic success
indicators from national surveys that together give voice to nearly
5,800 pupils from schools across the country. "Breaking
Barriers" suggests policy solutions that will assist policymakers,
educators, school advocates, families and others in enabling
African-American males to have greater success in the classroom and
afterward. Read the report.
Lynne Algrant, ABFE's Professional
was elected the Democratic nominee for the At Large City Council seat
in Englewood, New Jersey. The election is in
November 2009. Congratulations on your victory!
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A Note From Susan Taylor
Batten, ABFE President
Gains: Promoting Equity in Philanthropy During Tough Economic Times
often, we think about equity
and diversity when resources
are plentiful - when we are
enjoying the growth and expansion
of our workforce and investment
portfolios. This is clearly
important, but I would argue
that focusing on equity is even
more important when making difficult
decisions about reducing staff
or cutting grants. Read
Susan's message to ABFE Members.
ABFE Publishes 'Family
Matters', an Important Report Challenging Common Perceptions of the
Matters is a must read for not only grantmakers
but for policymakers and family and child advocates alike," said
Susan Taylor Batten, ABFE's President and CEO. "The investment
strategies and recommendations outlined in this report offer important
lessons and advice for those of us concerned with the well-being of
examines three issues that have
a substantial impact on Black
families and Black communities
-- foster care, fatherhood and
report, Dr. David Sanders, Executive Vice President for System
Improvement at the Seattle-based Casey Family Programs offers an
analysis of the challenges facing children in the child welfare system,
and recommends that "philanthropy draw a web of support and services
around our most vulnerable families to help them address crisis and
stressors that, if left unattended, can overwhelm and put them at risk
of having their children taken away."
note: Family Matters is available to ABFE members by accessing our
Members Section of the website).
ABFE Institutional Member The Open Society Institute (OSI)
Will Host A Most Urgent Discussion For Black Communities and
Philanthropy - Reframing the
Story of Black Males in the Media: A Philanthropic Call to Action.
the election of the first African American president, how can
philanthropies encourage media to provide more accurate, nuanced
portrayals of Black men and boys? The Open Society Institute
for Black Male Achievement will address this
question at a breakfast panel discussion on Thursday, July 9,
with public interest Public Relations firm Fenton Communications, the
event features philanthropic leaders, media professionals, and
community-based youth media advocates. Participants will discuss how to
foster partnerships to counter negative stereotypes about Black males
in the media.
Executive Director, Black Male
Donor Collaborative and Founder,
Thinking Man Consulting
ABFE Director of Communications
and Membership, Association
and the Founder and Managing
Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker,
Writer and Activist
Staff Writer, New York Times
Youth Filmmaker, Actor
Senior Director of Media Programs,
Gay & Lesbian Alliance
Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Coverage and Highlights from the 2009
Annual Meeting in Atlanta!
those who were unable to attend and for those who simply want to take
your time to review the events at our 2009 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, visit our website. And while you are
there take a few moments to see a taped message to members from
Benjamin Jealous, ABFE Board Member and President of the NAACP. For
ABFE's 2009 Annual Meeting and Program at the Council on Foundations
annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia,
ABFE tried a fresh approach to covering our events by asking a writer
and blogger to cover the two-day event.
Ms. Amina J. Dickerson is ABFE's 18th James A. Joseph
Ms. Dickerson's lecture,Building
Bridges of Opportunity: Succession
Planning for OUR Next Generation. This is a MUST READ.
Spotlight on People and
ABFE's News and
Updates' Spotlight on People and Organizations identifies
for grantmakers people and organizations whose work, reach
and mission impacts Black communities.
issue of ABFE News & Updates we
highlight the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC),
a collaborative initiative to address the problem of drug abuse in the
African American community with each member organization contributing
distinct intellectual content, practices and procedures for eradicating
the deleterious societal effects of drug abuse. The organization was
founded in 2003 by the National Bar Association (NBA), under the
leadership of its 61st President, Clyde E. Bailey, Sr.
NAADPC's mission is to promote drug policies and laws that embrace the
public health nature of drug abuse and provide a more effective and
human approach to address the chronic societal problem of drug abuse.
Read more about NAADPC at www.naadpc.org.
Meet ABFE's New Board
At the Annual
Meeting in May 2009 ABFE elected six new members to its board of
directors. ABFE welcomes their experience and diverse
backgrounds in philanthropy and look forward to their leadership.
Dr. Ivye L. Allen is
President of the Foundation for the Mid South, a regional community
foundation serving Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Ms. Bithiah Carter is the Senior
Director in the Community Impact division of United Way of Massachusetts Bay
and Merrimack Valley in Boston; and she is also the President
of New England Blacks in
Philanthropy (NEBIP). Dr.
John Jackson is the President and CEO of The Schott
Foundation for Public Education, and recently served on the
Obama-Biden transition team as a member of the President's 13-member
Education Policy Transition Work Group. Ms. Toya Randall joined Grand
Victoria Foundation in 2000 and currently serves as the chief
administrator of Foundation activities in Elgin, Illinois. Ms. Alandra L. Washington is the
Deputy Director for the Family Income and Assets, Civic and
Philanthropic Engagement and New
Mexico teams at the W.K. Kellogg
Foundation. Ms. Sherece Y. West
is the President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
Our New Board Members!
a part of promoting effective and responsive
philanthropy in Black communities!
Join ABFE today or renew your membership
Susan Taylor Batten, President
Marcus F. Walton, Director of Programs
Sharon D. Toomer, Director of
Communications and Membership
Joshua Powers, Director of Administration
Floria Abney, Administrative Associate
Lynne Algrant, Professional Development Coordinator
Christine Nicholson, Coordinator of Membership Services
mission is to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black
communities. As the first official affinity group of the
Council on Foundations, ABFE is the champion of diverse leadership in
philanthropy. Progress is defined by a substantial increase in the number
of Blacks as leaders and emerging leaders within the philanthropic field.
Today, ABFE counts among its members some of the most influential staff,
trustees, and donors of grantmaking organizations who are intimately
involved in shaping the focus, decision-making, and response of
foundations toward Black communities. Please visit our website at