MARCH 2018
President’s Note
A Message from Susan...
Greetings!
 
It's a busy time for us here at ABFE! As most of you already know, we are gearing up for our 2018 Conference, The Fierce Urgency of Now , on April 14 - 16th in Memphis, TN! I'm looking forward to reconnecting with our members, friends and colleagues, as well as meeting new ones.
 
As we celebrate Women's History Month this March, I want to take the time to especially lift up the women in philanthropy. Our passion, our strength and our work must be acknowledged as we continue to advance the sector. Please take a moment to read Sherece Y. Scantlebury-West's (ABFE's 2017 James A. Joseph Lecturer) op-ed, titled "Philanthropy's New Priority: Black Women," below in this month's "Featured Member" section.
 
Again, I can't wait to catch up with you all in Memphis for the largest gathering of Black professionals in philanthropy!
 
See you soon!
Susan Taylor Batten
President and CEO, ABFE
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What's Happening at ABFE
ABFE Conference 2018

We are so excited about this year's conference! From our thought-provoking plenaries to our signature event the 27th Annual James A. Joseph Lecture and Awards Program, there will be plenty of learning opportunities and networking at The Fierce of Urgency of Now .

Be sure to check out our site ABFE-CONFERENCE.ORG for up-to-minute info on speakers, schedule and more!

See you in Memphis on April 14th!

--ABFE Conference Committee
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What's Happening with our Members
News in the Field
What's Happening in Philanthropy
How The Richest Black American And His Billionaire Partner Became Top Philanthropists

Source: Forbes Magazine, March 2, 2018

Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas, billionaire Robert Smith and his wife, Hope Dworaczyk, invite a group of 30 former foster children to their Colorado ranch to spend the holidays with their family. The gesture is rooted in Smith’s days at Cornell University, where he met a former foster kid who was looking for a place to stay on campus during winter break because she had aged out of the foster care system.
Gateses' Annual Letter Answers Ten Tough Questions

Source: Philanthropy News Digest, February 14, 2018

In their 2018 annual letter ( HTML , 16 pages, PDF ), Bill and Melinda Gates reflect on their foundation 's focus, impact, and outsize influence, as well as some of the lessons they have learned over the last decade.

In their tenth annual letter, the Gateses each address "the ten toughest questions [they] get," ranging from "Why don't you give more in the United States?" to "Why are you really giving your money away — what's in it for you?" In the letter, Melinda Gates explains that the foundation spends more in developing countries because those investments can have a disproportionate impact — the $15.3 billion disbursed over eighteen years in support of vaccines has helped halve child mortality globally, for example — while Bill Gates highlights the foundation's work with the U.S. Partnership on Mobility from Poverty , which is studying ways to improve economic mobility for millions of Americans.
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