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Conversations in Philanthropy: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm PDT
Foundation Center
312 Sutter Street, Suite #606, San Francisco, CA
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Members tell us they crave more networking opportunities as well as forums for peer exchange and learning.  Join the new philanthropy reading group offered in partnership between Northern California Grantmakers and the Foundation Center. We are taking the book club concept to a professional level. This group will help you get through that stack of work-related reading you’ve been meaning to do, while also helping you to connect with colleagues. We all have that pile of recent reports, articles, and guides that we hope to find time to someday read. Participate in Conversations in Philanthropy to follow through on that aspiration and stay up to date on the latest studies and trends, while exchanging ideas and inspiration with your NCG colleagues. 

The group will meet approximately six times per year, and as the group takes shape members will help identify themes, schedule, and reading.  Information about the next  session appears below. Facilitated by Janet Camarena, librarian and director of the Foundation Center, she will draw from the vast content the Foundation Center regularly indexes for the field from a variety of partners and publishers, as well as from the suggestions of group members.

September Reading Selection

Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

Drawing on eight years of grants data and twenty years of history, this report describes important trends in foundation funding for black men and boys. It also describes innovative philanthropic efforts in the field. While disparities faced by black males remain staggering, new partnerships and initiatives based on an assets-based approach and institutional supports may be on the cusp of turning the tide.

Key Findings

  • Total annual foundation giving for black men and boys has gone from $10.8 million in 2003 to $28.6 million in 2010, increasing every year with exception of 2004.
  • From 2008 through 2010, education was the subject focus that captured the largest share of grants explicitly designated for black men and boys (40 percent), followed by human services (25 percent), and health (14 percent).
  • Ten foundations made up 68 percent of grant dollars explicitly designated for black males from 2008 to 2010. The top three were the Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and California Endowment.
  • The top three states receiving foundation funding for black males were California, New York, and Georgia.
  • Successful strategies focus on the strengths of black men and boys and supporting them to play an integral role in improving their own communities.

About the Facilitator

Janet Camarena has served as director of the Foundation Center-San Francisco office since 2001 and has worked for the Center in a variety of roles since 1995. As director her responsibilities include leading a team of six professionals in offering extensive outreach for the Center's resources and services in the Bay Area and beyond, planning and overseeing educational programming offered in the Western region, carrying out donor development and cultivation, producing and conducting online programming such as the Philanthropy Chat podcast series, and most recently the creation and evolution of the Glasspockets web site, which is dedicated to promoting foundation transparency and was recently nominated for a Webby award as one of the top five nonprofit web sites worldwide.

About the Foundation Center

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit the Center's web site each day and are served in its five regional library/learning centers and its network of more than 470 funding information centers located in public libraries, community foundations, and educational institutions nationwide and around the world. For more information, please visit