Omowale Jabali : The State of Black Philanthropy

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    This video is dated but it raises some issues which are relevant to date.

    NPR's Allison Keyes examines the state of black philanthropy in the nation. At a recent conference in Connecticut, hundreds gathered to discuss ways to help empower African Americans to make a greater financial difference in their communities.

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    In their important study of black and white wealth, Melvin Oliver and Thomas Shapiro identify a troubling and persistent wealth gap underlying America’s racial inequality. Two annual news reports highlight this gap: one is a list of the year’s highest income earners; the other a list of the wealthiest Americans. For the past two decades the income list has included African-American athletes and entertainers such as Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jordan. But Forbes’s annual profile of the nation’s wealthiest 400 – those people whose assets or command over monetary resources place them at the top of the American economic hierarchy – contains few if any African-Americans. The sobering reality is that the Black America lacks assets, one of the pillars of stability and security for middle-class whites. Racial segregation and discrimination prohibited earlier generations of African-Americans from building up much, if any, wealth. With no savings and no inheritance, little wealth transferred to later generations. Likewise, without the wealth to invest in business development, entrepreneurship lagged in the African- American community.

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    Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities: Foundations Working to Improve Life Outcomes for Black Men and Boys.The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) is one of many leaders in the field who have participated in a broad movement to direct more philanthropic dollars to Black men and boys. Specifically, ABFE asserts its role of convener and information clearinghouse for philanthropy on improving outcomes for Black males. 21st Century Foundation Black Men and Boys Initiative and Its 2025 Campaign (New York City) The Black Men and Boys (BMB) Initiative is designed to identify, highlight and support effective strategies that focus on supporting Black men and boys and to surface new sources of support from individual donors and institutional philanthropy to supplement this effort. Initiative goals are to provide strategic grants aimed at addressing the root causes of problems facing Black men and boys; raise the visibility of critical issues facing Black men and boys nationally in a way that leads to substantive action; and leverage additional financial support dedicated to strategies that view Black men and boys as assets. The Initiative was launched in four pilot cities: Chicago; Los Angeles; New York City and Oakland. Grants support programs in the areas of education, employment and economic sustainability, criminal justice, fatherhood support and health. The vision of 21st Century Foundation's 2025 Campaign is to create a society with new social and economic realities that inspire ambition and hope among African descendant males and accommodate the pursuit and realization of their dreams. The Campaign believes this endeavor advances humanity and increases the collective capacity to heal injustice. The California Endowment (Los Angeles, California) The California Endowment has selected fourteen local cities (Arvin/Lamont, East Salinas, Del Norte, Boyle Heights, Central/West Fresno, East Oakland, Santa Ana, Central Long Beach, East Merced, Coachella, Richmond, Sacramento, City Heights in San Diego, South Figueroa Corridor/Vermont-Manchester) as the primary sites for its 10-year initiative, Building Healthy Communities, which intends to improve the health of children and youth in low-income communities and will link community-level success to a broader statewide policy and advocacy agenda to advance prevention. The Initiative aims to address directly the root causes and systems that impact the health of California’s most vulnerable populations. Within this cluster of sites, the Endowment has identified three specific areas including Fresno, The Bay Area and Los Angeles to focus philanthropic investments on addressing conditions that adversely affect healthy life outcomes for Black men and boys.

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    The Heinz Endowments’ African American Men and Boys Initiative (Pittsburgh, PA) This initiative seeks to increase educational, economic social and leadership opportunities for African American men and boys in the Pittsburgh region to improve their life outcomes. The Endowment began this initiative by conducting a media audit to analyze how local Pittsburgh newspapers and television newscasts frame stories about African American men and boys. This starting strategy is to determine what frames/stories exist about African American males; how these stories affect them; and what can be done to develop new frames/stories that can change the way African American men and boys are viewed by others and themselves. The audit results are scheduled to be released this fall.
     
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