ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities
GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Colorado Health Foundation 
[July 9, 2020] ABFE is pleased to announce a $555,000 grant from The Colorado Health Foundation. This generous grant, payable over three years, will support the capacity and viability of Black-led organizations in the state and the professional development of foundation professionals in service to advance Black-led social change in Colorado

Our partnership with The Colorado Health Foundation will support activities in three areas: 1) Organizing investments in Black-led organizations: A major component of our work will be focused on supporting the capacity, health and viability of Black-led organizations in the state. As a 40+-year racial equity advocate, ABFE is keenly aware of the practice of “Foundation redlining” of Black-led organizations — fueled by explicit and implicit bias — which has been an unspoken reality for decades.; 2). Networking Black women leaders in philanthropy with others, nationally, to support their professional development: the resources from Colorado Health will also support one of ABFE’s signature convenings; the Women in Philanthropy (WIP) Leadership Retreat . Now in its seventh year, WIP is a highly sought-after event where Black women come together around a shared belief that we cannot harness our full power and purpose in service to Black communities without supportive spaces that renew and transform the mind, body, and spirit; and 3). Engaging Foundation staff in the broader programming of ABFE to build skills and national peer learning opportunities : Resources from this grant will support membership activity for Colorado Health staff and trustees, providing a broad range of opportunities for professional development and learning opportunities through in-person and virtual convenings; information about promising grantmaking practices happening nationally; and opportunities for individual and/or group peer exchanges in areas of interest to foundation staff and trustees. These activities aim to increase the knowledge and skills of Foundation Board and staff to be more effective grant makers in and with Black communities. The Foundation’s investment will also allow for editorial privileges and guest columnist opportunities through our quarterly e-newsletter, ABFE news to share Foundation lessons-learned and promising practices; and assistance with program and C-suite level staff searches to bring Black talent to the Foundation.

”In order to build the momentum needed for Black-led social change, we must first shift power to the people and organizations who are fighting to make that change possible,” says Karen McNeil-Miller, President and CEO at The Colorado Health Foundation and ABFE Board Chair. “We are proud to support this critically-important work, as it will help ensure the needs, values and interests of Black Coloradans are prioritized, and the organizations who support them have the resources necessary to propel the racial justice movement forward.”

“The work to make philanthropy more effective in Black communities includes investments in the growth of foundation leadership as well as Black-led organizations.” Says Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO at ABFE. “The Colorado Health Foundation is wisely taking this two-pronged approach.” 

ABFE’s mission is to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities and our primary objective is to support funders so that their investments positively impact the well-being of Black communities; a population whose resources and life outcomes starkly contrast their white counterparts both in Colorado and across the nation.
ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. It since has evolved into an influential network. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership. For more information, visit .
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