Blog Entry Capacity Building

Creating Spaces to Connect, Share and Support Your Work

An Open Letter from Rashid Shabazz, CBMA Vice President of Communications

Since its establishment in 2008 as an initiative of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership network, has sought to ensure the growth, sustainability, and impact of leaders and organizations committed to improving the life outcomes of Black men and boys. 

In 2015, CBMA spun off from the Open Society Foundations as an independent entity, which today supports a growing network of more than 4,700 individuals representing more than 2,500 organizations across the United States, providing resources and services for capacity building, network building, and strategic communications.

Throughout the past eight years, our members and partners have been the heart of growing and building the national movement for Black Male Achievement. 

As our CEO, Shawn Dove likes to say, CBMA’s members are the local leaders and hometown heroes leading and building the “Beloved Communities” with and for Black men and boys so that they may have a future where they are able to achieve their fullest potential.

For us, building community has often meant investing in opportunities for our members to connect, share and support each other in this work. CBMA has created these spaces through convenings like our Transformational Leadership Retreats, the annual Rumble Young Man, Rumble gatherings in Louisville, KY, and our Black Male: Re-Imagined events.

In addition to our in-person convenings, we have also hosted a monthly conference call for our members and partners since we were part of the Open Society Foundations. The calls have been a powerful tool to help us lift up the work of all of you and to also foster the sense of community that we hope will allow us all to stay connected but also feel supported. 

As we continue to grow, we want to ensure our calls and our gatherings remain a space for reflection, transformation and inspiration. For that reason, we are asking you to share your voice in helping to grow the network to make our monthly calls a resource that engages the broader CBMA community.

Please find here a short (five minutes or less) survey that, with your feedback, will help us to further optimize our strategic communications efforts, and our ability to support your work going forward. We'd appreciate your submitted responses by Friday, August 19th. As a show of appreciation for your time, we will randomly select one CBMA member to receive a 30-minute one-on-one leadership coaching session with Shawn Dove.

Thank your for your continued support of and commitment to this work.

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