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ABFE Digest
Keeping Our Members, Supporters and Friends Informed

September 1, 2009

ABFE President Susan Taylor Batten appeared as a guest on WBEZ radio (Chicago) to discuss diversity and governance for an investigative report on The Catholic Archdiocese of ChicagoListen to the report and Susan's interview. 

Census 2010: What's at Stake for Black communities and What ABFE Members Can Do
The best evidence from the 2000 Census suggests that Blacks, Hispanics and American Indians were undercounted at significantly higher rates than Whites.  Read more at

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) has released The Resource Guide on Recovery Act for African Americans, a report highlighting some of the major provisions within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 impacting Black communities.  Read more at 

ABFE Black Men and Boys Coverage

Black Labor in America: Emerging Opportunities Amid the Economic Crisis
Steven C. Pitts, Labor Policy Specialist at the University of California-Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, focuses on the job crisis facing Black communities, with an emphasis on Black men and the immigration reform movement. He presents data on Black employment leading into the recession, the changing ethnic composition of occupations and some pathways forward.  A grantee of OSI's Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Pitts is also the lead on a two-year project, funded by the Ford Foundation, designed to improve relations between Blacks and Latino immigrants in the workplace.
Listen to the discussion.

Reframing the Story of Black Males in the Media: A Philanthropic Call to Action
How can philanthropy encourage media to provide more accurate, nuanced portrayals of Black men and boys?  OSI's Campaign for Black Male Achievement hosted a discussion with philanthropic leaders, media professionals and community-based advocates to discuss how to foster partnerships to counter negative stereotypes about Black males in the media.
Panelists:   Sharon D. Toomer, Director of Communications and Membership for ABFE and Founder and Managing Editor of (BBN);  Byron Hurt, Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Writer and Activist; Erik Eckholm, Staff Writer, New York Times; Loren Harris, Executive Director, Black Male Donor Collaborative and Founder, Thinking Man Consulting; Jordan Coleman, Youth Filmmaker, Actor; Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Listen to the discussion.

ABFE Guest Columnist, Cedric Brown
Make a Socially Responsible Investment in Young Black Men
Cedric Brown, Director of Mitchell Kapor Foundation and ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellow (class of 2007-2008). Read Cedric's commentary. 

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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 

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ABFE is a membership organization. Its members are dedicated to promoting effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Since 1971, ABFE's commitment to diversity and inclusion has been essential to the advancement of organized philanthropy.  Established as the first official affinity group of the Council on Foundations, the organization was founded on the principle of the importance and value of diverse leadership in philanthropy.  ABFE counts among its membership staff, trustees and donors of grantmaking organizations committed to Black communities.  For more information please visit or contact ABFE at 646.230.0306.