- Key findings
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. Tweet
"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. Tweet
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. Tweet