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This collection aggregates publicly available reports, case studies, and evaluations focused on black men and boys and represents a vast amount of collective intelligence developed over the years by nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations working in the field. It is our hope that grantmakers, practitioners, academics, policymakers, and others will be able to use the knowledge gathered here to inform their work. The collection is continually growing and we welcome suggestions for additions. Send your recommendations to bmafunders@foundationcenter.org.

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Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement

Foundation Center, May 2014

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Philanthropy

SUMMARY
Building on the groundbreaking report Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, this companion piece explores the diverse, multidisciplinary, and cross-sector work to advance black male achievement. Based on interviews with 50 philanthropic, nonprofit, government, academic, and business leaders, the report also offers recommendations for what it will take to strengthen the field moving forward.

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

Foundation Center, October 2012

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Neighborhoods and Communities; Media and the Arts; Education; Crime and Justice

SUMMARY
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.

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City Leadership to Promote Black Male Achievement

National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, September 2012

FOCUS AREA Poverty; Health

SUMMARY
This municipal action guide highlights potential strategies and promising city approaches for reducing the persistent disparities between black males and their peers in the areas of education, work, and family.

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Guide to Recruiting Black Men as Mentors for Black Boys

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, April 2014

FOCUS AREA Identity; Neighborhoods and Communities

SUMMARY
Black men are uniquely positioned to help guide black male youth to educational success and a productive future and through the barriers that stand in their way. But there are almost always more black boys to be mentored than black men to mentor them in formal mentoring programs. This guide helps mentoring programs engage in a productive and inclusive recruitment campaign by: 1) addressing program readiness; and 2) providing guidance on an effective social marketing campaign.

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Boosting the Life Chances of Young Men of Color: Evidence From Promising Programs

MDRC, June 2014

FOCUS AREA Employment; Education; Crime and Justice; Boys and Men of Color

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In light of the momentum building to improve the fortunes of young men of color, this review examines what is known about this population -- particularly related to their struggles in the labor market -- and highlights programs that are shown by randomized controlled trials to be making a difference.

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My Brother's Keeper Task Force: Report to the President

My Brother's Keeper Task Force, May 2014

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Neighborhoods and Communities; Health; Employment; Education; Crime and Justice; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
This is the first progress report to President Obama of the My Brother's Keeper Task Force. In the first 90 days of the initiative, the Task Force has reviewed statistics, research and government programs and policies, and heard the perspectives of thousands of community members and leaders through listening sessions. It has identified initial recommendations and areas of opportunity at each of six key life stages, as well as several cross-cutting recommendations that span all focus areas.

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A Time for Action: Mobilizing Philanthropic Support for Boys and Young Men of Color

Annie E. Casey Foundation; Atlantic Philanthropies; Bloomberg Philanthropies; California Endowment; Ford Foundation; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Kapor Center for Social Impact; Nathan Cummings Foundation; Open Society Foundations; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; W.K. Kellogg Foundation, June 2014

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Crime and Justice; Education; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities; Philanthropy

SUMMARY
This executive summary -- released by 11 foundations -- provides a plan to maximize the potential of the private sector to work collectively with the public sector to improve life outcomes for America's boys and young men of color. The report outlines goals, identifies strategies for achieving those goals, and announces key initiatives and funding partnerships.

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Social, Demographic, and Economic Profile of Young Black and Latino Males, Boston, Massachusetts 2010-2018

Tufts University, April 2014

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Education; Employment; Health; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

SUMMARY
This research report presents and reviews data on poverty, education, household characteristics, and other demographic factors pertaining to the experiences of young black and Latino males in Boston. A range of census data and census-based population estimates and projections are analyzed.

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Examining the Status of Men of Color in California Community Colleges: Recommendations for State Policymakers

Minority Male Community College Collaborative, March 2014

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Education

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This report documents specific policy interventions that can be implemented in California to improve outcomes for men of color in community colleges. These recommendations were presented to the Assembly Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color in October 2013.

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The Urgency of Now: Foundations' Role in Ending Racial Inequity

Foundation Review, April 2014

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Poverty

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This article explores the multiple approaches that foundations can use to advance racial equity, focusing on a specific set of approaches used by the Minnesota-based Northwest Area Foundation. The article also gauges the depth of the challenge that communities face in racial disparities, the long history of racialization of institutions and systems, and the evolution of the role of philanthropy in addressing poverty.

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