CBMA Turns 10, 2018 Impact Report: A Decade of Risk, Urgency, and Momentum

by Bilen Mesfin Packwood; Debayani Kar; Glenn R. Love; Janet Dickerson

Oct 1, 2018

2018 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA). Launched in 2008 as an initiative at the Open Society Foundations, CBMA became an independent organization in 2015, stretching the initiative's original three-year term limit into a decade of accelerating investments in Black men and boys to unprecedented levels. This report highlights achievements over the last 10 years and looks ahead to what is need in order to sustain and expand progress.

  • The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) network includes more than 5,700 members and more than 2,765 organizations. Most work in the areas of education, youth development, and mentoring.
  • CBMA leveraged more than $320 million in national and local funds for Black men and boys over the last 10 years and sparked the growth of a field dedicated to Black male achievement.
  • CBMA affirms that Black men and boys matter. The well-being of Black men and boys has a direct influence on the strength of our families, communities, and our nation as a whole.
  • The current political and social climate, combined with persistent racism, poverty, and inequities, require an elevated collective response that includes new voices to the movement and new partners and allies."