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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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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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Portrayal and Perception: Two Audits of News Media Reporting on African American Men and Boys

Heinz Endowments, November 2011

FOCUS AREA Neighborhoods and Communities; Media and the Arts; Identity; Crime and Justice

SUMMARY
The Heinz Endowments' African American Men and Boys Task Force conducted an audit of media reporting on black men and boys in Pittsburgh. Based on content analysis of newspapers and evening newscasts, in addition to a survey and video interviews, the findings highlight a media scene that underrepresents African-Americans males, especially in terms of their positive achievements.

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

Foundation Review, April 2014

FOCUS AREA Philanthropy; Poverty

SUMMARY
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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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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Pathways out of Poverty: Boys and Men of Color and Jobs in the Health Sector

Greenlining Institute, The, January 2014

FOCUS AREA Health; Employment; Education; Crime and Justice

SUMMARY
Rapid job growth in California's health sector is presented as a potential remedy for the crisis of high unemployment among boys and men of color in that state. The report outlines viable pathways to make this opportunity a reality through coordinated effort on public K-12 education, the juvenile justice system, and men's health.

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Improving Supports for Youth of Color Traumatized by Violence

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), December 2013

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

SUMMARY
Many boys and young men of color live in communities where violence occurs too often and has a significant impact on their lives. This report examines the problem, offers strategies for various youth systems, and provides examples of approaches with strong outcomes for working with males of color who have witnessed or experienced violence.

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The Promise of Education: Reversing the High School Dropout Crisis for Boys and Young Men of Color

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), December 2013

FOCUS AREA Poverty; Education; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
As America becomes increasingly diverse, we cannot continue to ignore the barriers that prevent young men of color from succeeding in school. This report describes the high school dropout problem for young men of color, offers key lessons, and provides examples of successful programs.

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Empty Seats: Addressing the Problem of Unfair School Discipline for Boys of Color

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), December 2013

FOCUS AREA Education; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
Boys of color are impacted more heavily by harsh discipline policies in schools -- also referred to as "zero tolerance" policies -- than their white peers. This disparate treatment has consequences for students' lifelong outcomes. As schools seek to lower dropout rates and improve graduation rates, they must evaluate the role of discipline reform in keeping boys of color connected to school and learning.

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Preparing Black and Latino Young Men for College and Careers: A Description of the Schools and Strategies in NYC's Expanded Success Initiative

Research Alliance for New York City Schools, The, November 2013

FOCUS AREA Neighborhoods and Communities; Boys and Men of Color

SUMMARY
The Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) provides funding and technical support to 40 relatively successful New York City high schools to help them improve college and career readiness among black and Latino male students. This preliminary report describes key components and strategies of ESI and begins to look at factors that might influence the potential to apply ESI more broadly.

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