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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 Boys and Men of Color; Philanthropy

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 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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Building Financially Secure Futures: An Approach for Boys and Men of Color

PolicyLink, April 2015

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

SUMMARY
This research brief examines the economic and financial challenges facing boys and men of color and lifts up asset-building strategies that can be integrated with targeted services for this group. It also highlights successful practices that are already addressing financial challenges at a community level and draws from these practices to inform policy recommendations.

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The Health of Young African American Men

Journal of the American Medical Association, March 2015

FOCUS AREA Neighborhoods and Communities; Health; Fatherhood; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Crime and Justice

SUMMARY
How can clinicians help address existing health disparities and add to positive outcomes for young African-American men? The authors argue that, first, advocacy efforts are needed for public health and social supports to achieve health improvements at scale. Second, the advantages medical care can provide -- such as reducing disparities in HIV, cardiovascular disease, and mental health -- should be strengthened.

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Investments for Change: Year in Review

Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, February 2015

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
The Executives' Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, a network of more than 40 national, regional, and local foundations, has taken aggressive action to improve life outcomes for America's boys and men of color in communities throughout the country. Member institutions of the Executives' Alliance have collectively awarded millions of dollars in the past year to improve education outcomes, reduce incarceration, ensure police accountability, and bolster job readiness.

This report provides selected highlights of some these investments, activities, and impacts. These investments, and many others like them, represent an effort to target critical intervention points and core policy solutions that can yield long-needed systemic change required to help boys and young men of color succeed.

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My Brother's Keeper Task Force: One-Year Progress Report to the President

My Brother's Keeper Task Force, February 2015

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

SUMMARY
One year after the launch of My Brother's Keeper (MBK) -- a White House initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color -- the My Brother's Keeper Task Force released this progress report to the President. Efforts were organized along three focus areas: place-based state and local engagement, private-sector action, and public policy review and reform.

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Black Lives Matter: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males

Schott Foundation for Public Education, February 2015

FOCUS AREA Education; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
This Schott Foundation report details four-year graduation rates during the 2012-2013 school year for black, white, and Latino males nationally, by state, and in major urban districts, finding that a systemic lack of equity in the quality of educational supports and resources for black and Latino students creates an "opportunity gap."

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Promoting Healthy Families and Communities for Boys and Young Men of Color

Urban Institute, February 2015

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

SUMMARY
Boys and young men of color are at risk for poor health and developmental outcomes from birth through young adulthood. Many risks flow from a lack of economic resources and residence in segregated neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage. This paper outlines these developmental challenges and identifies societal, institutional, and community changes that would increase resources, eliminate or reduce stress and trauma, and provide support for boys and families.

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Opportunity and Equity: Enrollment and Outcomes of Black and Latino Males in Boston Public Schools

Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University; Center for Collaborative Education, November 2014

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Education; Neighborhoods and Communities

SUMMARY
Boston Public School (BPS) leaders commissioned this study to examine patterns of enrollment, access, engagement, and performance of Black and Latino males from School Year 2009 to School Year 2012. This quantitative analysis constitutes Phase I of a larger study that will ultimately include qualitative case studies examining promising practices in BPS schools in which Black and Latino males perform well.

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