A Message from Seitu Jemel Hart
Dear Colleagues,

Hope you are enjoying the holiday season thus far! Not to sound cliché, but where did 2018 go! Time flies, right?
Last month, we announced some exciting news: our 2019 annual conference , themed “ HARAMBEE: LET’S ALL PULL TOGETHER ,” will take place April 4 - 6, 2019 in Detroit, MI, at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. In the coming days, we will be sharing registration and sponsorship information, as well as a call for sessions.
This month, we also wrapped up our Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP) Leadership Summit in Chicago. Special thanks to our Programs team, Edward Jones and Tekecha Morgan , for organizing the week’s sessions and activities! Our President and CEO, Susan Taylor Batten , was also 'on the road' this month with various speaking engagements including the Southeastern Council on Foundations' (SECF) 49th Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY; and the Horizon Foundations' Racial Equity Summit . name a couple.

And a thank you to all who continue to support ABFE: our Members, donors and friends. Our #GivingTuesday message highlighted that we’re in this together and more importantly, we can’t do this critical work without you! If you’d like to consider making a gift to ABFE, click here for more details.

Happy Holidays!
Seitu Jemel Hart
Vice President of Membership and External Affairs, ABFE
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Recap: ABFE Connecting Leaders Fellowship Leadership Summit 2018
On November 11 – 16th, our 2018 CLFP Fellows convened in Chicago for ABFE's “CLFP Leadership Summit,” which offered various learning sessions, as well as experiential activities centered around Chicago’s Black communities.

During the week-long agenda, Fellows delved into range of issues including racial and social justice, community engagement, family and children, education reform, equitable grantmaking and management.

Thank you to all of our hosts ( Polks Bros. Foundation, Grand Victoria, Woods Fund Chicago, MacArthur Foundation and CAAIP ) and presenters who helped make this year's CLFP Leadership Summit a success!

2018 - 2019 ABFE CLFP FELLOWS:
Melanie Allen – Network Officer, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation (Winston-Salem, NC)

Dirk Butler – Senior Associate, The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Baltimore, MD)

Amelia Cobb – Special Projects Manager, Policy & Strategy, First 5 LA (Los Angeles, CA)

Dana François – Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI)

Tomeka Hart – Senior Program Officer (based in Washington, D.C.), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA)

Candace Johnson – Community Partner (Denver Metro Area), The Colorado Trust (Denver, CO)

Caroline McCoy – Program Officer, Robert R. McCormick Foundation (Chicago, IL)

Thena Robinson Mock – Program Officer, Communities for Just School Fund (Washington, D.C.)

Bonita Robertson - Director of Civic Leadership and Workforce Initiatives, Greater New Orleans Foundation (New Orleans, LA)

Rafael Turner – Program Officer, Ruth Mott Foundation (Flint, MI)

Tarik Ward – Director of Music Programs, ELMA Philanthropy Services, Inc. (New York, NY)

Deborah Bennett , Polk Bros. Foundation

Sharlyn Grace , Co-Executive Director, Chicago Community Bond Fund

Janae Bonsu , National Co-Director of BYP100

Gladys Washington , Deputy Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Jawanza Malone , Deputy Director, Kenwood Oakland Community Organization

Jitu Brown , National Director, Journey for Justice Alliance

Rod Wilson , Executive Director, Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Irene Robinson , Parent Organizer for the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization

Parrish Brown , Co-Chair for the Chicago Chapter of Black Youth Project 100

Jay Travis , Co-Director for the Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools

Jonathan Projansky , Leader with the Lugenia Burns Hope Center

Sharon Bush , Executive Director, Grand Victoria Foundation

Julie Morris , Rockford School District

Quaniqua Carthan , Director of Planning and Programs at Cities United

Kenneth Jones II, Vice President & CFO, The Annie E. Casey Foundation; ABFE Board Chair
ABFE's Connecting Leaders Fellowship Summit 2018
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Giving Tuesday: Contrary To Popular Belief, Black Folks Have Been Philanthropists 'Since The Beginning Of Time'

Source: NewsOne, November 27, 2018

African-Americans — despite finding themselves at the bottom rung of the nation’s economic ladder — are collectively among the top ranks of financial contributors to charitable causes.Having meager resources will not stop the Black community from being among the most reliable contributors on Nov. 27, also known this year as Giving Tuesday. Each year, the world sets aside the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday to support charitable causes.

“We have been givers since the beginning of time,” Tracey Webb, founder of Washington D.C-based Black Benefactors, told NewsOne on Monday. “From our communities in Africa to the Underground Railroad and the Civil Rights Movement, Black collective giving is something that’s inherent in us.”

Slaves brought their value of community with them to America, author and public speaker Valaida Fullwood explained to NewsOne on Monday. She’s the author of “Giving Back,” a book that explores African-American philanthropy.

 “Ubuntu (a Zulu word) translates to mean ‘I am because you are,’ which speaks to the elements of community and mutuality,” Fullwood said. “If one person is suffering, then the entire community suffers.”

A joint W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy study, released in 2012, revealed that African Americans donate a larger share of their income to charities than any other group in the nation. Black churches have been the main recipients of the roughly $11 billion a year that about two-thirds of African-American households donate.
On National Philanthropy Day, Let's Celebrate The Unsung Heroes

Source:, November 15, 2018

Today is National Philanthropy Day — a day to celebrate the generous charitable activities of individuals, companies, and others who advance the greater good.
When most people think about philanthropy, they think about individuals writing checks to support their favorite charity, or perhaps about foundations that grant millions of dollars to tackle problems or advance issues.

Philanthropy, however, takes many forms.

And we often forget that one of the most powerful forms of philanthropy comes when individuals ask a friend or a family member to support a cause on their behalf.

This form of philanthropy — called peer-to-peer — is highly effective, since it involves a very personal ask. But it is not often recognized when the press and others examine philanthropy.

With that in mind, I’d like to provide some facts that show just how powerful of a tool peer-to-peer philanthropy is for U.S. nonprofits. Consider that:
Brave New World: How Cryptocurrencies and the Blockchain Are Changing Philanthropy

Source: Inside Philanthropy, November 26, 2018

Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin that rely on it are becoming more prevalent in many fields. When you see a technology being used in diverse arenas like regional voting trials, major retail, NASA research projects and refugee ID initiatives, it’s not surprising to find that funders and nonprofits are also getting in on the game.

Here, we look at some of the interesting ways blockchains and cryptocurrencies are changing philanthropy, along with some of the challenges and pitfalls.

What Are Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains?
If you already know, skip ahead! Cryptocurrencies are digital monies secured through encryption, which are typically not controlled by central banks. Blockchain technology is diverse and quickly evolving, and this is just a very general overview. A blockchain is essentially a ledger that has records (like the details of a digital money transaction) locked in groups called blocks.

The blockchain is often called a distributed or decentralized system because it keeps copies of these blocks on a spread-out network of computers, rather than on a centralized server. Every computer in the network has a matching copy of all the blocks and is said to be “running the blockchain.” The blocks of records are verified, added to the chain, and secured through cryptography, the encrypting of information. “ Crypto-mining ” — a complex and energy-guzzling computer process that we won’t fully cover here — both verifies the encryption of many blockchains and mints new cryptocurrency.

Though not infallible, these systems are considered very difficult to tamper with, because that would require all the connected computers in the global blockchain network to be compromised at the same time. While blockchains can be now designed for many purposes and programmed for applications in almost any field, they are often used for secure, traceable record keeping and quick peer-to-peer virtual currency transactions.

Many nonprofits now accept cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum, including the United Way, Red Cross, and Save the Children. All three receive digital monies through a Bitcoin payment processor called BitPay.
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A Call to Modernize American Philanthropy

Source:, November 27, 2018

When America’s philanthropic and social sector were developed early in the 20th century, the design resembled elements of colonial social architecture: bureaucracy, competition, specialization and consolidation of power and resources, Edgar Villanueva writes in his new book, “ Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance .”

Mr. Villanueva, who has held leadership positions in philanthropy, and is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, argues that philanthropy in the United States continues to transmit a “colonizing virus” by remaining “top-down, closed-door and expert-driven.”

“Writing this book, I started from a place of pain,” Mr. Villanueva said. “I was angry. But there’s plenty of books that criticize. What would I do differently? I felt like I had to push through to a place where I’m offering a different way of thinking.”

I sat down with Mr. Villanueva recently to discuss his book — a compassionate call for change and healing. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
Black philanthropy thrives through African American Community Foundation

Source: QCity Metro November 27, 2018

The African American Community Foundation (AACF) this year awarded grants to four organizations promoting health, economic and educational opportunities in Charlotte’s black community.

The recipients were:

BLKTECH CLT ($2,500) provides a six-week mentorship program pairing BlackTech CLT members with corporate executives and business leaders to help them grow their businesses and develop professional skills to achieve their career goals.

Raising Smart Girls ($2,500) offers rich and engaging STEM experiences for elementary-aged girls in Charlotte, free of charge.

Teen Health Connection ($2,500) assists with planning and preparation for the 2019 Youth to Youth Leadership Conference and supports alcohol and substance abuse prevention initiatives.

Urban League ($2,500) supports the Urban League of Central Carolinas’ Career Fair, most recently held at Stratford Richardson YMCA.
ABFE's Susan Taylor Batten to Lead Talk on 'Philanthropic Leadership on Issues of Race and Equity' | Tuesday, January 15th at the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy (Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University)
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