The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change

Within philanthropy there is a surge of interest in racial equity, accompanied by new support for Black-led organizing and social change organizations. This encouraging uptick runs counter to a long pattern of philanthropic neglect and under-investment in the infrastructure of Black institutions.

Nonetheless, questions abound. Is this new philanthropic interest in racial equity episodic? And will it translate into long-term and significant support for Black-led social change organizations, in order to make Black communities matter and thrive?

More than a polemic in trying times, these are the questions posed by the Black Social Change Funders Network (BSCFN), a partnership forged by ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities and the Hill-Snowdon Foundation.

We are certain that systemic and progressive change can only be achieved with a robust and strong infrastructure for Black-led social change. The network’s primary goal is to help vitalize and strengthen the infrastructure for Black-led social change by advocating for much greater philanthropic investment.

The BSCFN presents The Case for Funding Black-Led Social Change as a charge to inspire sustained commitment to strengthen and expand the infrastructure for Black-led social, institutional and political power in the U.S.

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February 2017

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Susan Taylor Batten President & CEO, ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities Nat Chioke Williams, PhD Executive Director, Hill-Snowdon Foundation



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