When the Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color was founded, dozens of foundation presidents committed to strengthening the philanthropic sector’s breadth, depth, and coordination of investments and activities to expand opportunity for boys and men of color (BMOC). We do this by serving a dual role as a learning community on key issues and as a platform for strategic collaborations among foundations. Together, our members are leveraging the leadership voice of foundation executives, amplifying the leadership of young men as architects of their own liberation, working to change the false narratives about our men and boys, and increasing policy attention toward them.
We have worked to ensure that our collaborative efforts are rooted in an analysis of structural inequality—focused on changing policies and systems that impact boys and men of color throughout their lifecourse, as well as their families and communities. As such, our work is often intentionally disruptive of the more comfortable approaches in the BMOC sector that focus on service-delivery models. While we do not disregard the importance of that work when done well, we also know it is an incomplete solution for the challenges facing our sons and brothers.
Our work is less a sprint than it is a marathon, but our work has shown early signs of progress. This report is designed to summarize our recent efforts. It does not claim results on population-level indicators, but instead tells the story of what our foundations are doing to get there and how they are doing it. Using key metrics and stakeholder interviews, we profile some notable collaborations and identify the lessons our network and the BMOC field can take into 2017 and beyond—a period we now know will be more challenging than any in recent memory.
We hope this report captures the essence of our work together. Thank you for your partnership and leadership as we endeavor to redefine opportunity for boys and men of color.
Damon T. Hewitt
Executives’ Alliance for Boys and Men of Color
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Working together to redefine opportunity for Boys and Men of Color
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