We Stand With ABFE

Dear Community Members:

The National Center for Family Philanthropy 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 encourage your support of 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.

In Partnership,

Nicholas A. Tedesco
President & CEO, National Center for Family Philanthropy
Dan Cardinali
President & CEO, Independent Sector
Henry Berman
CEO, Exponent Philanthropy
Aaron Dorfman
President & CEO, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Dave Biemesderfer
President & CEO, United Philanthropy Forum
Kathleen Enright
President & CEO, Council on Foundations
Phil Buchanan
President, Center for Effective Philanthropy
Marcus Walton
President & CEO, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations