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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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Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

Campaign for Black Male Achievement; Foundation Center, April 2015

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
This 2015 research brief analyzes U.S. philanthropic funding trends for Black men and boys and describes recent initiatives and investments supporting Black males. A follow-up to the analysis in Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, the brief identifies quantifiable shifts in giving patterns, offers a glimpse at outcomes and impacts of various programs and initiatives, and makes recommendations for future investments.

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

Foundation Center, May 2014

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

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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Black Male Student-Athletes and Racial Inequities in NCAA Division I College Sports: 2016 Edition

Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; Institute for Higher Education Policy; Pathways to College Network, March 2016

FOCUS AREA Education

SUMMARY
The purpose of this report is to make transparent racial inequities in the Power 5 conferences. Specifically, the author offers an analysis of Black men's representation on football and basketball teams versus their representation in the undergraduate student body on each of the 65 institutional members. He also compares Black male student-athletes' six-year graduation rates to rates for student-athletes overall, Black undergraduate men overall, and undergraduate students overall at each university.

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Disparity Report

New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, March 2016

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

SUMMARY
This report, commissioned by the New York City Young Men's Initiative and developed by the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence, provides a snapshot of where New York City's young people of color stand in relation to their peers in the areas of education, economic security and mobility, health and wellbeing, and community and personal safety. The analysis, which disaggregates data by race and gender, found that while there have been decreases in several disparities for young men and women of color, disparities persist.

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Development of Boys and Young Men of Color: Implications of Developmental Science for My Brother's Keeper Initiative

Society for Research in Child Development, February 2016

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Health

SUMMARY
Boys and men of color (BMOC) are at significant risks for poor out-comes across multiple domains including education, health, and financial well-being with little promise of improvement in the near future. Out of concern for this situation, President Obama instituted the My Brother's Keeper Initiative (MBKI) to enlist the combined resources of federal, state, and local governments as well as human services, philanthropy, and business sectors. The Social Policy Report describes MBKI and summarizes ideas gleaned from developmental science that may be useful in efforts to reach the MBKI goals of school readiness, competent reading by third grade, high school and college completion, successful entry into the work force, and reduction of violence. Policy recommendations are offered along with suggestions for research that might involve developmental scientists in this effort.

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A Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform

Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG), January 2016

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice

SUMMARY
Each year, hundreds of thousands of vulnerable young people, primarily youth of color, are funneled into the justice system -- a system ill-equipped to meet their needs or foster their development. Study after study has proven that reliance on punishment and incarceration is harmful to young people and is associated with increased rates of reoffending, strained family relationships, lower educational and vocational attainment, and incarceration later in life. This updated report draws upon new research to provide concrete policy recommendations aimed at improving the well-being and life outcomes for young people up to age 25 who are involved in or at risk of entering our nation's juvenile and criminal justice systems.The Blueprint is a call to action to funders, policymakers, community leaders, system stakeholders, advocates, youth and families.

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Lost: The Crisis Of Jobless and Out Of School Teens and Young Adults In Chicago, Illinois and the U.S.

Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago, January 2016

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

SUMMARY
This report contains compilations and calculations of various employment data for males and females 16 to 24 years old by race/ethnicity from 2005 to 2014, comparing Chicago, Illinois, the U.S. and in some instances, adding Los Angeles and New York. Besides an array of figures and tables, the report contains GIS generated maps that illustrate the relationship between employment data and population distribution by race/ethnicity. A significant contribution of this report is its demonstration that low rates of employment are spatially concentrated in neighborhoods that are also racially segregated. This report clearly highlights that youth employment rates are tied to conditions in neighborhoods and cannot be seen as distinct from what is happening in the neighborhoods themselves. The devastation of unemployment in turn, wreaks havoc on the neighborhood.

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The Promise of Place: Cities Advancing Black Male Achievement

Campaign for Black Male Achievement, December 2015

FOCUS AREA Neighborhoods and Communities; Civic Engagement and Advocacy

SUMMARY
National challenges regarding race, law enforcement, and access to opportunity negatively impact Black men and boys; yet, many approaches to addressing these issues are anchored at the city-level. This Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) report unveils a Black Male Achievement (BMA) City index to track and communicate cities' efforts to advance Black males. The BMA Index scores 50 cities, which include approximately 5.5 million Black males, more than 30 percent of all Black men and boys in the country. The report spotlights the ten highest scored cities and provides in-depth profiles of how the top three scoring cities are responding to the needs of Black men and boys to help them achieve their full potential.

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Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color

Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color, November 2015

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Education

SUMMARY
The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) worked in partnership with New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education to develop the "Standards and Promising Practices for Schools Educating Boys of Color." Based on current research, the Standards are a set of guidelines intended to assist school districts, schools, and school leaders who seek to develop and enhance schools and programs serving boys and young men of color. It is also a self-assessment tool that can serve as the basis for self-assessment, reflection, planning, professional development, and accountability. COSEBOC's Standards are designed to complement the Common Core and other District Standards.

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