Current Black Men and Boys Investments in California: A Landscape Scan

by Gregory Hodge

Aug 1, 2012

The landscape of California philanthropy for black men and boys presented in this report is promising: It reveals a wide variety of innovative investments, potential for further coordination, and ways that efforts in California can be linked to work being done nationally.
  • Major foundation investments in black men and boys in California fall under four types: agency/system reform, policy advocacy and community organizing, direct services, and research and analysis.
  • "Collective impact initiatives" are long-term commitments to solving a social problem shared by important agents across sectors. This kind of social change requires shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, and consistent communications.
  • Ideas for integrating foundation investments include: replicating the Knight Foundation's Black Male Engagement initiative in California; rallying around OSF's Leadership and Sustainability Institute; and funneling efforts to change black male perception in the media (by the Heinz Endowments, 2025 BMB Network, Question Bridge, and others) into a state or national communications strategy.