ABFE Members in Action


Individual Member in Action

Gladys Washington

Gladys Washington

Program Director

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

2015 James A. Joseph Lecturer

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Gladys Krigger Washington is the Program Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, a family foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Babcock Foundation’s mission is to help people and places across the Southeastern United States move out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice. The Foundation supports organizations and networks working in low-wealth communities that are poised to expand their scale of impact and working across race, ethnic, economic, and political differences to build just and caring communities.



Institutional Member in Action

Poise Foundation

POISE Foundation

2014 Institutional Award for Philanthropic Leadership

POISE Foundation began in December of 1980 as the first public foundation in the state of Pennsylvania organized and managed by African Americans. The purpose of the Foundation is to develop and enhance the participation of Black philanthropists in the economic and social development of the Black community. For 35 years, the Foundation has been supporting programs that add value to the quality of life of Black Pittsburgh and its surrounding regions; and has expanded its services to impact Black families and their communities across the US. This was the vision of our founder Bernard H. Jones, Sr., of an empowered community, able to take care of itself.


Emerging Leader Member in Action


Maisha Simmons, MPA

Program Officer

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

2015 Emerging Leader in Philanthropy

Maisha Simmons, MPA, is a program officer on the Vulnerable Populations Team where she is responsible for coordinating Forward Promise. Forward Promise is the Foundation’s new $9.5 million initiative that aims to improve the health of middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color, as well as their opportunities for success in school, work and life.