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Moving Black-Led Organizations from Crisis to Change: Solutions for Sustainability

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm PST
The San Francisco Foundation
One Embarcadero Center #1400 San Francisco, CA 94111
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A report issued last year by the Bay Area Black United Fund - Black-Led Organizations (BLOs) in the Bay Area: From Crisis to Change- noted that BLO’s which are lifelines to low-income Black communities are especially vulnerable due to a cumulative lack of resources to support growth, best-in-class systems, training and leadership development. Connections to mentors, coaches, experienced consultants, and other resources to assist with succession planning, board recruitment and the implementation of earned income strategies have been identified as keys to improving the sustainability of Black-Led Organizations and the communities they serve.

Philanthropic leaders from around the Bay will share the report findings and explore a strategic, fresh and dynamic collaborative capacity building initiative designed to further develop the nonprofit sector by innovatively supporting the growth, sustainability and impact of Black-Led Organizations in four Bay Area Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco and San Mateo.

Join Us To

  • Learn about the role of BLO’s in providing key services to low and moderate income communities and the crisis they face
  • Hear the unique challenges, needs and solutions being unearthed in other parts of the country
  • Explore  a proposed two-pronged collaborative capacity building initiative
  • Experience the perspectives  of leaders of emerging and mature BLOs engaged in a variety of areas: community health, affordable housing, community development, technology, youth development, the environment and workforce development
  • Join the conversation and share your thoughts on how to address this crisis and perspectives on the proposed model


Susan Taylor Batten

President and CEO

Association of Black Foundation Executives

Fred Blackwell


The San Francisco Foundation


James Head

President and CEO

The East Bay Community Foundation

Duane Poe

President and CEO

Bay Area Black United Fund

Round Table Discussion Leaders 

  • Noha Aboelata, MD - Chief Executive Officer, Roots Community Health Center
  • Donald Gilmore - Executive Director, Community Housing Development Corporation 
  • Lena Miller - Executive Director of Development, Hunters Point Family
  • Brandon Nicholson, PhD - Executive Director, Hidden Genius Project 
  • Arthur Shanks - Executive Director, Cypress Mandela Training Center 
  • Cheryl Vaughn - Executive Director, Solar Richmond 

Target Audience

This briefing is for NCG members and other non-member funders.  If you are not an NCG member but part of a grantmaking institution, please email to register for this program. It will be of special interest to funder interested in services to low income communities, advocacy, civic engagement, education, equity, health, , public policy, equity and race, movement building, social justice, youth, workforce development, and issues facing boys and young men of color.

Learn More

Read the interview from James W. Head, President and CEO of The East Bay Community Foundation, with Constance J. Walker, President of Walker and Associates Consulting, discussing his commitment to enhance the growth, sustainability, impact and sense of community of Black-Led Organizations in the Bay Area.


Co-Sponsored by East Bay Community Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, The Kapor Center for Social Impact, The Y & H Soda Foundation and The California Endowment.