ABFE Funder Briefing:

Black Women's Reproductive Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court just overturned Roe V. Wade - the landmark decision that legalized abortion access nationwide.This highly controversial decision eliminates the constitutional right to abortions and leaves the decision up to each state. It is expected that about half of U.S. states will ban or restrict access to a women’s reproductive rights. 

What does this mean for millions of Americans? Even more so, what does this mean for Black women and Black communities who already disproportionately face challenges accessing health care?

Removing a woman’s fundamental right to autonomy over her body has been fiercely debated in the fifty years since the Roe decision. Abortion restrictions are connected to the oppression that deny women, especially Black women, their constitutional rights, such as: the right to privacy, risks of pregnancy & maternal death, decrease of earning potential, and unequal healthcare access are all valid components of arguments to keep abortion safe and legal.


But broader issues that affect the entire Black community also should be considered.

The Turnaway Study – a ten-year study that tracked more than 1000 women – found the women that were denied abortions were more likely to experience poverty, eviction, and have lower credit scores. Lack of financial security and safety subject children to households that may experience food insecurity, inadequate housing, and domestic violence. 

ABFE will host a virtual funder briefing with Women’s Funding Network on July 6th from 2-3pm focused on bringing attention to organizations that are engaged in combatting reproductive inequities and work to tread a collaborative pathway forward to amplify our shared call to action.


The webinar aims to lift-up Black-led reproductive justice organizations and their collective response to Supreme Court and other state court decisions regarding Roe v. Wade. Register now to attend. 


Black Women in Philanthropy  (Member-Only Event)


The ninth annual Black Women in Philanthropy Leadership  (BWIP) Retreat, an ABFE member-only eventwill be held August 25th – 27th in San Diego, CA! This annual leadership event serves as a special time for Black women leaders in philanthropy to rest, regroup, and network in a sacred space of close, trusted friends, advisors, and colleagues in the field.

The program features a collection of dynamic speakers set to inspire and invigorate our lives and professions. Each retreat is uniquely designed to support and sustain the overall health and well- being of attendees as the core to leadership sustainability and development. The care and keeping of this community are critical to safeguarding the voice, activism, and humanity of Black women in the field of philanthropy.

Black Women in Philanthropy is designed for women in the following categories:

  • C-Suite level executives ─ CEOs, CFOs, COOs, Executive Directors, Presidents, Senior Vice Presidents & Chief of Staffs
  • Rising Sisters ─ ABFE Women Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP) Fellows

The deadline to book your hotel stay is August 2nd, 2022.

This is an ABFE MEMBER-ONLY event. If you are an ABFE member and are interested in attending, please register below! If you would like to become an ABFE member, click the button below.

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Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP)

The Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP) is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of professionals who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Participants will learn how to be more effective agents for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges. 

Don't miss your chance to apply! The deadline is July 1, 2022

Apply Now!

ABFE Announce's a Trailblazing Partnership

with Bowie State University

ABFE is excited to announce a trailblazing partnership with Bowie State University (BSU) – one that will deepen both institutions’ commitment to contributing to a just society by enhancing the capacities of philanthropic institutions and nonprofit organizations to be more responsive to Black and underserved communities.

Once approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and University System of Maryland, this partnership will implement and sustain a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Philanthropy Initiative, the Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management Degree (MPNM) Program within the Bowie State University College of Business. 

Read the Press Release Here

Member Spotlight

ABFE Member, JP Morgan Chase

Donates $30 million to HBCUs 

JPMorgan Chase Commits $30 million over five years to support historically Black colleges and universities and their students to strengthen career pathways and enhance wealth-building and empowerment within the Black community.

Among the commitment’s initial grants is $2 million to the United Negro College Fund for its Institute for Capacity Building. Read more here. 

*ABFE members: Send your blog posts and articles to communications@abfe.org for a featured spot in our monthly newsletters.

Celebrating Black history and Black futures

Cowritten by ABFE and Candid

This past Sunday, June 17 commemorated Juneteenth — a day that signifies when the last group of enslaved Black Americans in Texas received news of the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865 – more than two years after it had passed. Although many celebrated the federal holiday over the weekend and Monday, we can't forget the historical significance. 

If you haven't already read our article with Candid detailing a brief history of Juneteenth & the role HBCUs play as pioneers of Black history - past, present and future, click the button to read it now. 

Read the Article Here

ABFE Featured in a Nonprofit Quarterly Article:

The Emergence of Black Funds

Our 2022 Annual Harambee Conference was the focus of a recent Nonprofit Quarterly article: The Emergence of Black Funds.

"In a recent article, part of a short report back series from this year’s Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) conference, I wrote about a leadership practice emerging amongst Black leaders, the exploration of Liberatory Leadership. Another concept showcased at the conference was the emergence of Black funds, philanthropic vehicles controlled by Black communities." 

Read the Article Here


Campaign Update

We are proud to acknowledge and are incredibly grateful to the following donors for the campaign: Surdna Foundation, Inc., the JPB Foundation, Skillman Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Schott Foundation for Public Education, Colorado Health Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for their generous gifts!

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The Investment Manager Diversity Pledge

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Commit to diverse and inclusive investment management practices and place your organization at the heart of a community of foundations and endowments seeking to ensure a level playing field for minority and women investment managers.

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Upcoming Events

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There is nothing more powerful than building community with your tribe. ABFE, in partnership with Washington Regional Association of Grantmaker, Greater Washington Community Foundation, and Meyer Foundation will host a gathering for the people of the global majority. Come fellowship and hear from leaders in the philanthropy community Satonya Fair, President and CEO, PEAK Grantmaking; and David Daniels, President and CEO, Bainum Family Foundation.

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The WISE Fund is convening Black Talk Circles (BTCs), a neutral, safe, culturally appropriate, community relief and recovery forum for Black people to share their concerns and techniques for self-care, wellness, hope, and joy to thrive living in uncertain, dangerous times.

*Registration is required. This is a 6 session program that will run from June- Dec (2 different session dates will be available per month).

*Although BTCs are not therapy groups, they provide the social support that's vital for good mental health and general wellness as we live through the mass grief and mourning of the times. Your BTC participation is not a substitute for professional therapy.

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Join Our Team!

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ABFE is growing! We are hiring new staff that will be critical to advancing our mission to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities.

Find the full job postings on our site.

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Welcome New Members

Welcome New Members Who Joined Mid-May and June, 2022!


  • Groundswell Fund
  • Arizona State University
  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
  • Magic Cabinet
  • Grantmakers For Education
  • Weingart Foundation
  • Cisco Systems 

Thank You Renewed Members!


  • Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
  • Surdna Foundation, Inc.
  • Arabella Advisors
  • Open Society Foundation
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


  • Clarence Fluker – Association of American Medical Colleges
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