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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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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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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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Advancing the Success of Boys and Men of Color in Education

Black Male Institute; Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education; Minority Male Community College Collaborative; Morehouse Research Institute; Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color; Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center on the African American Male; Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, August 2014

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Education

SUMMARY
Written by scholars who lead research centers that focus on the educational experiences of boys and men of color, this report recommends policy changes that remedy systemic challenges faced by young men of color in education.

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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

SUMMARY
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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Issue Brief: Focus on Healthy Communities

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), June 2014

FOCUS AREA Boys and Men of Color; Crime and Justice; Neighborhoods and Communities; Poverty

SUMMARY
This brief examines how family and community issues affect boys and young men of color and was prepared for the "Investing in Boys and Young Men of Color: The Promise and Opportunity" briefing held on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. The brief includes data providing the national context, promising program models, and strategies for moving forward.

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