Join CBMA in Giving Thanks This #GivingTuesday

by Shawn Dove

In honor of Giving Tuesday, and on behalf of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), I'd like to take this moment to personally thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving life outcomes for our nation's Black men and boys. There is no doubt that the field and movement of Black Male Achievement would not be what it is today without the tireless efforts and unyielding commitment of leaders like you.

Since launching in 2008 under the auspices of the Open Society Foundations, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement has played a catalytic role in building the current movement to respond to the challenges and opportunities facing Black men and boys in our nation, including organizing a cross-sector membership network of more than 5,200 individuals representing over 2,700 organizations, all bound by a collective vision to build Beloved Communities where Black men and boys are able to succeed, thrive and realize their full potential.

As CBMA heads into our 10th Anniversary year, we remain emboldened and inspired by the thousands of local leaders and hometown heroes that are driving this crucial work forward in cities and communities throughout the country.

Additionally, CBMA is grateful for the continued support of our funding partners, who have boldly planted a stake in the ground on this issue by leveraging resources, relationships and dollars to advance Black male achievement locally and nationally. As highlighted in the 2017 edition of our Quantifying Hope report, philanthropy plays an essential role in ensuring that Black men and boys, their families and communities have an equitable opportunity to lead fully healthy, happy and productive lives.

Beginning in early 2018, CBMA will launch a year-long campaign of activities to celebrate the past decade of growth and advancement in the field of Black Male Achievement -- starting with the release of our next Promise of Place report in January. We look forward to sharing information on how you can take part in those celebrations over the next few weeks.
In the meantime, we encourage you to join us in observing #GivingTuesday by taking to social media and showing love to the inspiring leaders and organizations who are making change happen for Black men and boys in your city, community and across the country.

Here are some additional actions you can take to champion Black Male Achievement leaders and change makers throughout #GivingTuesday:

  • Tag us on Twitter at @BMAchievement using the hashtags #BMAGive and #GivingTuesday. In keeping with our ongoing efforts to elevate voices from the field, CBMA will select one of the tagged leaders to be profiled in a featured article on our website. 
  • Share images of how you're giving back using #BMAGive #GivingTuesday
  • Invest in the movement for Black Male Achievement. Donate using 

While we can all agree that there is still much work to be done to dismantle the barriers that prevent Black men and boys from realizing their full potential, we can also agree that significant strides have been made over the past decade thanks to your participation and contributions. Thank you again for all you've done to help bring us to this moment. CBMA looks forward to building with you over the next ten years, and to moving forward with increased tenacity to Love, Learn and Lead America's Black men and boys to greatness.

Shawn Dove is CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Follow him on Twitter at @DoveSoars.

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