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CEP Stands with ABFE

Date: June 17, 2020

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The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) joins with other national philanthropy serving organizations to stand in solidarity with ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities in their call for philanthropy to take action on anti-Black racism.

ABFE is the oldest affinity group in the country, borne out of a moment of both conflict and action, when Black leaders raised their voices to protest the lack of representation within philanthropy. Since their founding nearly 50 years ago, ABFE has worked to mobilize grantmaking entities, donors and nonprofits to improve outcomes for Black communities and the country as a whole. Now, they are calling on philanthropy to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and anti-Black racism by engaging in deep, transformative institutional change; supporting Black communities; and deploying an equity analysis in their work.

We ask you to read ABFE’s call to action and commit to making change within your own institution. We also ask that you support ABFE and their work by becoming members of their community.

As ABFE says in their statement, “we must be in it for the long haul.” To that end, our organizations commit to working in partnership with ABFE to offer programming and engagement opportunities that help philanthropy develop the deep partnerships with Black communities needed to provide both immediate support and affect long term change.

We are in it for the long haul. We hope you are too.

Henry Berman
Exponent Philanthropy

Dave Biemesderfer
President and CEO
United Philanthropy Forum

Phil Buchanan
Center for Effective Philanthropy

Dan Cardinali
President and CEO
Independent Sector

Aaron Dorfman
President and CEO
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Kathleen Enright
President and CEO
Council on Foundations

Carly Hare
National Director/Coalition Catalyst
CHANGE Philanthropy

Nicholas A. Tedesco
President and CEO
National Center for Family Philanthropy

Marcus Walton
President and CEO
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

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