Report: Black Men and Boys in U.S. Do Not Have Access to Structural Supports and Opportunities | Examines U.S. Foundation Giving
Nearly every major indicator of economic, social, and physical well-being shows that black men and boys in the U.S. do not have access to the structural supports and opportunities needed to thrive. It is within this context that the Foundation Center and the Open Society Foundations jointly release a new report of groundbreaking research entitled Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys.“It is my hope that this report will motivate other philanthropists and foundations to invest in efforts to improve achievement by African American boys and men,” said George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations. “This is a generational problem that demands a long-term commitment.” This report is the first of its kind to document the wide variety of philanthropic activity in support of black men and boys, raising the visibility of critical issues facing communities across the nation. The research reveals that annual funding designated for black men and boys has been rising steadily, from $10 million in 2003 to $29 million in 2010. Education is a top funding priority for this group: between 2008 and 2010, education garnered 40 percent of these grant dollars. In addition to providing crucial baseline numbers against which future giving can be compared, the report also describes several foundation initiatives across the U.S. that address structural barriers and improve the lives of black men and boys.
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