APRIL 2018
President’s Note
A Message from Susan...
Dear Colleagues,

Cheers to you! Because of you, ABFE had its largest annual conference attendance to date!! Over 300 of you from foundation leaders to program officers to trustees and more came out in record numbers to our 2018 Conference, The Fierce Urgency of Now , on April 14 - 16th in Memphis.

We set out to create a sense of urgency on increasing public and private investments in Black communities at our conference. Thank you for attending and engaging in this important dialogue that we ultimately hope will move more dollars into our communities.

As an inaugural member of our Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP), I am beyond excited to announce that we are looking for our next class of dynamic philanthropic professionals! This program is near and dear to me and here at ABFE, we recognize the importance of curating and developing these future agents of change.
 
Words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation to all of you: our Members, Sponsors, Speakers, Supporters...and anyone I may have missed, thank you for helping make our 2018 conference a success.
 
Looking forward...
Susan Taylor Batten
President and CEO, ABFE
Member Notes
What's Happening at ABFE
The 2018 - 2019 Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP) Application is Now Open!

 ABFE's Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP) is now taking applications for its 2018 - 2019 Class! Now in its 12th year and 121 Fellows strong, we are looking for funders who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Fellows will have the opportunity to learn from seasoned grantmakers and peers on a regular basis, understand how to be more effective agents for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges.

Fellows attend a week-long Leadership Summit (this year's Summit will take place November 11 - 16, 2018 in Chicago) and are assigned an executive coach. In addition, each fellow is required to complete a community-based learning project during the fellowship year. This can be volunteer work or a research project on a topic of interest. We will host a information and Q&A webinar for anyone interested in applying to fellowship on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 2:00 PM ET. You may register for the webinar, here .

For more information on CLFP, contact Tekecha Morgan, program associate for ABFE, at tmorgan@abfe.org .
From L to R: ABFE Board Member Cedric Brown, 27th James A. Joseph Lecturer James Head and ABFE President and CEO Susan Taylor Batten
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News in the Field
What's Happening in Philanthropy
Live at 9: National Leaders talk race, diversity

Source: WREG News Channel, April 17, 2018

A national conference brings more than 225 African American leaders to the Bluff City this week.

President and CEO of ABFE, Susan Taylor Batten, and Cedric Brown from the Kapor Center for Social Impact.
Photo Credit: Opal Tometi is one of Essence's 'Woke 100 Women.' Opal was also one of our speake rs ( Opening Breakfast Plenary: The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Call to Action for Philanthropy & Black and Championing Alliances for Black Immigrants session) at ABFE's The Fierce Urgency of Now 2018 Conference in Memphis.
Essence Presents 'Woke 100 Women'

Source: Essence.com, April 18, 2018

For the first time ever, ESSENCE honors the women who are blazing trails for equal rights and inclusion for Black people in America.

The cover features a host of dynamic women, such as writer/producer Shonda Rhimes, veteran journalist Joy-Ann Reid, Women’s March co-chairs Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez. Plus, appearances from Women’s March organizer Janaye Ingram, political commentator Angela Rye, Circle of Mothers founder Sybrina Fulton, author/blogger Luvvie Ajayi and social activist April Reign. #BlackLivesMatter cofounder Opal Tometi and educator/activist Brittany Packnett are also featured.
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In Case You Missed It...
Check out the "Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture" report, presented by Equity in the City and a project of ProInspire.
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