Expert Q & A: How can African-American philanthropy professionals network more effectively?

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By: Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation

  • Find/Create a network of other African-Americans as one of the many professional/social/personal networks you seek to form.
  • Join and become an active member of ABFE (Association for Black Foundation Executives)
  • Intentionally seek out and request one-on-one conversations with:
    • Several experienced African-American executives to provide perspective;
    • Executive Director of ABFE;
    • Prominent African-American philanthropists in your town.
  • Don’t allow yourself to be viewed as solely responsible to represent and be sensitive to the minority perspective in your foundation.

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