Black Women In Philanthropy (BWIP) 2022 was ABFE's largest convening in the nine-year history of this retreat and the theme Reimaging Radical Rest and Healing resonated well with the 134 attendees who trusted ABFE with this experience.

ABFE is so grateful to our members, speakers, sponsors, and attendees for making this event a huge success.

Meet ABFE's 2022-2023 CLFP Fellows

We are thrilled to announce that we have selected ten foundation executives for the 17th class of our Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP).


CLFP is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors, and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy.


Click the button below for more info and to meet the 2022-2023 fellows.

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ABFE Giving Day!

Resources for Puerto Rico

ABFE member, The Puerto Rico Community Foundation activated the Community Recovery Fund for Puerto Rico (Fondo de Recuperación Comunitaria para Puerto Rico) to support the work of non-profit organizations that were activated to respond to hurricane devastation. Please direct donations or grants to Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico's Community Recovery Fund.


Member Spotlight

ABFE Member Announcements

ABFE member, East Bay Community Foundation recently announced that Brandi Howard has been selected as its new president & CEO! Brandi is a 2022 ABFE Black Women In Philanthropy (BWIP) Planning Committee member and strong ABFE supporter.

Congratulations, Brandi! Read more: https://lnkd.in/eynZqMSS

ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP) alumna, Dr. Akilah Watkins was recently named as incoming President and CEO of the Independent Sector! Dr. Akilah was part of the inaugural Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program.

Congratulations, Dr. Akilah! 

Read more: https://lnkd.in/eM9QAPhj

ABFE member, The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation investing

 $10 million to support organizing and advocacy in the American South!

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, an ABFE member, announced it will invest an additional $10 million from the Ford Foundation to support organizing and advocacy in the American South.


“Both foundations are eager to identify and fund advocacy work in the South with multiyear, general operating support. Organizations who see themselves in MRBF’s program description are welcome to submit an organizational summary to determine whether they are a good fit for this funding.” 

Read More Here

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ABFE’s MEMBERSHIP MONDAYSMember Spotlight Series

Attendees enjoyed our last Membership Monday's Spotlight Series on September 19th with spotlight guests Brian Stanley and Gamal Willis from Avenues for Justice. They discussed the organization’s crime prevention programs in low-income communities particularly in the areas of advocacy, social justice, and education. Thank you to all who attended!


If you weren't able to join us last week, be sure to mark your calendars! Our next Membership Mondays Member Spotlight Series will be on Monday, October 17 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. Join us for an in-depth conversation with spotlight guest The Seattle Foundation. Keep an eye on your mailbox - registration info is arriving soon!   

Black Family Foundations - Let's Connect! 

Do you know of a Black Family Foundation? ABFE is looking to connect with Black Family Foundations across the country, but we need your help. If you know of a Black Family Foundation that is committed to resourcing Black communities send us a note at membership@abfe.org.  

Impact Grants Chicago's 2022-2023 Grant Cycle 

Impact Grants Chicago has recently announced the opening of their 2022/23 grant cycle.

They are now accepting Letters of Inquiry from Chicago nonprofits for one of their $100,000 Impact Grants.


They will be accepting Letters of Inquiry through October 28th. Grants will be awarded May 31st, 2023. Please click below to visit the grants page of their website and learn more about the eligibility requirements, grant process schedule, and begin your application. Please share this with others in the nonprofit community who might be interested in this grant.


Founded in 2017, Impact Grants Chicago connects, engages, and inspires women to improve our community by collectively funding $100,000 grants to Chicago nonprofits that are dedicated to addressing the challenges facing the city. 

About The Grant


Campaign Update

In 2020, ABFE committed to raising money to rebuild and strengthen Black-led infrastructure for systemic social change.

We will continue to lead with the comprehensive campaign, with a more critical focus on seeding funder collaborative in service of Black communities and investing in ABFE’s business infrastructure including building our reserve fund. 

We invite you to engage with the comprehensive campaign by becoming an ABFE member, giving a lead gift, or even giving a personal donation to ABFE utilizing your employee match.

ABFE's Campaign Page

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.

Take the Pledge!

Upcoming Events

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Avenues for Justice is hosting their Second Chance Experience on Thursday, October 20th at 7:00pm at Phillips Gallery and Auction House.

This year's event will honor Jason Flom, philanthropist, music executive, and justice reform advocate with the Andrew Glover Justice Award in New York City this October.

Event attendees will enjoy hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, live entertainment, and the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive evening of art at the Phillips Auction House - all while raising awareness and support for Avenues for Justice's critical mission.

Share your events with us!

Event Submission Form

Join Our Team!

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!


  • Black Montessori Education Fund
  • Catchafire
  • Crowe LLP
  • Imaginable Futures
  • Justice Outside
  • Movement Strategy Center
  • Myvillage Project, Inc.
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Spencer Foundation
  • The Community Foundation For Northeast Florida
  • Threshold Philanthropy
  • Wayfinder Foundation
  • Wisconsin Philanthropy


  • Aria Florant - Liberation Ventures
  • Bria A Virgil  - Youth Rise Texas
  • Brittany Collins - Betty & Davis Fitzgerald Foundation
  • Gevonchai Hudnall - United Way Of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
  • Kathlene Holmes Campbell - National Center For Teacher Residencies
  • Kathryn Bradley - William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • Marie Porter - Media Impact Funders
  • Misha Stallworth - Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation
  • Shannon Hawkins - Quantum Foundation
  • Steven E Hairston - Miles College
  • Tobi Shannon - Webb and Shannon Household
  • Tracie Powell - The Pivot Fund, Inc.
  • Uva Coles - Spring Point Partners
  • Van Adams - Arnold Ventures
  • Yasmine Laurent  - YJ Laurent Consulting

Thank You Renewed Members!


  • Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Louisville
  • Cone Health Foundation
  • Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Energy Foundation
  • Funders Together to End Homelessness
  • Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
  • Kansas Health Foundation
  • Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies
  • Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
  • Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
  • National Center For Family Philanthropy
  • Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Skoll Foundation
  • Smith Family Foundation
  • The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Colorado Health Foundation
  • The Foundation For Delaware County
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund
  • Women`s Foundation For A Greater Memphis


  • Garridon Hankins - Greenlight Fund Philadelphia
  • Janine Lee - Southeastern Council of Foundations
  • Rashanda Perryman - Vanguard 
  • Rychetta Watkins Household - Memphis Music Initiative
  • Sara Sneed Household - The NEA Foundation
  • Sherese Ward - Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
  • Stephanie McGencey - Women`s Equity Center and Action Network
  • Tiffany Friesen - Southeastern Council of Foundations
  • Trista R Harris - FutureGood

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