Stepping Up and Stepping Out: Profiles of Philanthropy Responding to an American Crisis

by Marcus Littles; Micah Gilmer; Ryan Bowers

Apr 1, 2008

Stepping Up and Stepping Out profiles three philanthropic organizations that are making investments with a specific intent to create opportunities for black males: A Legacy of Tradition, Chicago Community Trust, and Schott Foundation for Public Education.
  • Giving circles, like A Legacy of Tradition (A LOT), represent a replicable model that can fill key gaps in the philanthropic response to the issues facing black men and boys. A LOT pools resources, makes small, targeted grants to black men and boys in the community, and educates its members about the field of philanthropy.
  • The Chicago Community Trust has committed to a cross-portfolio grantmaking initiative focused on improving life outcomes of black males in Chicago.
  • The Schott Foundation for Public Education advances the field through research, serving as a convener and grantmaker, and celebrating the work of schools who improve the educational experiences of black males. The Foundation is best known for its 50 State Report Card, analyzing black male high school achievement.