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Watch as CBMA Kicks Off the "Quantifying Hope" Tour!

Today the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) announced that it will be kicking off its “Quantifying Hope” tour on Thursday,  March 22 from 10-12:00 p.m. Pacific / 1-3:00 p.m. Eastern to address philanthropy’s critical role in advancing life outcomes for Black men and boys. The event is named after CBMA’s report series, Quantifying Hope: Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys, and arrives on the heels of a new study reported by the New York Times showing the stark racial wealth disparities facing Black males in America.


Hosted in San Francisco, the event features an intimate discussion between two national philanthropic leaders: Campaign for Black Male Achievement CEO Shawn Dove, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation President and CEO Dr. Emmett D. Carson. In response to the urgent racial, social and economic inequities facing Black men and boys, Mr. Dove and Dr. Carson will engage other leaders in philanthropy, policy, education, social justice and other areas in a dialogue around how the philanthropic community can respond to the challenges and opportunities impacting this population, as well as Black communities more broadly. 

"The philanthropic community has a crucial role to play in improving life outcomes of Black men and boys and addressing the stark challenges they face in navigating the fine line between promise and peril," said Shawn Dove. “In light of the findings revealed in the join study by Stanford, Harvard and the Census Bureau researchers, the urgency and timeliness of the issues and conversations raised in our Quantifying Hope tour are greater than ever. We urge more philanthropic leaders to step forward and commit to supporting the great work happening at the policy level and on the ground to uplift Black men and boys."

Released in partnership with the Foundation Center, the 2015 and 2017 editions of the Quantifying Hope report analyze foundation funding explicitly targeted to improve the life outcomes of Black men and boys. The report also examines strategies and milestones in the field of Black Male Achievement and how philanthropy can build on this work for stronger coordination and greater impact. 

“The question confronting every U.S. foundation is whether to be a bystander to these events, leaving the outcome to chance, or find the moral courage to use their voices and their financial resources to ensure that America’s unfulfilled promise of equal opportunity for all becomes a reality,” said Dr. Carson in his foreword to the report. “While a handful of foundations have found such courage and their actions are consistent with their words, they only number in the dozens. Tens of thousands of foundations remain silent and uncommitted. Foundations can no longer espouse mission statements that commit them to pursue a better world as it relates to some particular endeavor and turn deaf, blind, and mute on issues of social injustice that threaten our democracy.”

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a national membership network that seeks to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. CBMA launched the "Quantifying Hope" tour as part of a slate of 10-year Anniversary events in commemoration of its official launch as part of the Open Society Foundations in 2008. 

In 2015 CBMA launched into an independent entity and has since grown its national membership network to include more than 5,200 individuals and 2,700 organizations from across the U.S. that are working to help Black men and boys reach their full promise and potential. 



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