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ABAG Group Leaders Explore Collaboration Opportunities

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, February 17, 2015

February 17, 2015

By Elisabeth Hyleck, Programs and Initiatives Director

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ mission is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers. ABAG is committed to fulfill its mission by embracing diversity and inclusion in its membership, governance and programs.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work and is charged with guiding, evaluating, and sharing information about ABAG’s work toward increasing diversity and inclusion.

ABAG recognizes that achieving diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process and must be intentional. To that end, we are pleased to share a report on our 2014 work with the full ABAG membership as well as a dashboard report about 2014 programs through a diversity/equity/inclusion lens (Note: The data comes from the perspective of the staff person filling out the survey). We believe tracking and sharing data sheds light on our work and invites comment and suggestions for improvement, which in turn strengthens it. For instance, feedback has led us to change the categories in 2015 to align with the Census bureau classifications.

For more context about this work, I invite you to read the ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Policy. Also, ABAG is officially a member of the D5 Coalition, a five-year coalition made up of other regional associations of grantmakers, foundations, and infrastructure groups to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are proud to be a part of and learn from work at a national level.

ABAG is grateful for the leadership, expertise and guidance of dedicated committee members, especially our co-chairs, Debra Rubino of the Open Society Institute - Baltimore and Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions regarding ABAG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, please me via email: Elisabeth Hyleck, or 410/727-1205.

Tags:  Affinity Groups  D5 Coaltion  Diversity  Equity  February 2015 Members' Memo  Inclusion 

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ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Committee 2013 Report to Members

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Tuesday, January 21, 2014
January 21, 2014

By Elisabeth Hyleck, Strategic Initiatives Director

The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ mission is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers. ABAG is committed to fulfill its mission by embracing diversity and inclusion in its membership, governance and programs.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, inclusiveness and respect in our work and is charged with guiding, evaluating, and sharing information about ABAG’s work toward increasing diversity and inclusion.

ABAG recognizes that achieving diversity and inclusion is an ongoing process and must be intentional. To that end, we are pleased to share a report on our 2013 work with the full ABAG membership as well as a dashboard report about 2013 programs through a diversity/equity/inclusion lens.

For more context about this work, I invite you to read the ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Policy. Also, ABAG is officially a member of the D5 Coalition, a five-year coalition made up of other regional associations of grantmakers, foundations, and infrastructure groups to advance philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are proud to be a part of and learn from work at a national level.

ABAG is grateful for the leadership, expertise and guidance of dedicated committee members, especially our co-chairs, Lynn Rauch of the Kentfields Foundation and Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

If you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions regarding ABAG’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, please me via email: Elisabeth Hyleck, or 410/727-1205.

Tags:  Diversity  Diversity and Inclusion  January 2014 Members' Memo 

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ABAG Committee News

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Monday, July 11, 2011

Diversity and Inclusion Committee Update – July 2011

Since 2009 a group of members formed the Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force. Led by co-chairs Pamela King and Monique Dixon of the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Task Force guided ABAG through the revision of our Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy and joined together in learning about diversity and inclusiveness in philanthropy and what it means for effective grantmaking.

At its June meeting, the ABAG Board of Directors approved the revised ABAG Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy and made the Task Force a standing committee. The new ABAG Diversity and Inclusion Committee will move forward under the leadership of co-chairs Nonet Sykes of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Lynn Rauch of the Kentfields Foundation.

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will meet quarterly to infuse ABAG's values of diversity, Inclusion and respect in our work. More specifically, the Committee will:

  • Continue learning together and support the learning of ABAG members about issues related to diversity and Inclusion; and
  • Guide, evaluate, and share information about ABAG's work toward increasing diversity and Inclusion.

We are excited to be moving forward - and invite you to join with us.

We are interested in having some new faces to our table, so if you would like to be a part of this group, please let us know. Our next Committee meeting will be on Thursday, September 1 from 9:30 until 11:00 AM.

Contact Elisabeth Hyleck with any thoughts or questions about this work.

Tags:  ABAG Committee News  ABAG Committee Updates  Diversity  Inclusion  July/August 2011 Members' Memo 

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Thinking About Responsive Grantmaking in Black Communities

Posted By Elisabeth Hyleck, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, July 5, 2011

ABAG's Eye on Philanthropy is a series of ongoing blog posts from ABAG's professional staff, each highlighting timely and relevant information useful to our grantmaking members and focused on the world of philanthropy. 

By Elisabeth Hyleck, ABAG's Special Initiatives Director

February is Black History Month, but in philanthropy many consider all year how to be responsive to Black communities. 

As the country remembers the dream of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the achievements of other prominent African Americans, 40 percent of Black children are born poor.  In the fourth grade, 85 percent of Black children cannot read or do math at grade level and later almost half drop out of school. A Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime1.  

ABAG members and staff recently joined in a conversation with Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO of the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE).  Susan has been talking with philanthropists around the country about ABFE’s framework for Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities.  She listens to what concerns grantmakers and what conditions they are working to improve.  And she has been hearing themes: high unemployment among African Americans, children living in poverty, a failing public education system, and inequities in the criminal justice system.  So when a new report by the Children's Defense Fund came out last month, she was surprised, yet vindicated that it reinforced that these are concerns of Blacks across the nation.  

The report, The State of Black Children and Families, shows the vast majority of America’s Black community, seven in 10 adults, view these as tough or very bad times for Black children and many see poor Black youth falling further behind. 

Susan outlined ABFE’s framework for grantmakers to support Black communities: 
  1. Constituency engagement – philanthropy involves people who are most impacted by the issue
  2. Policy change, system reform and program delivery – philanthropy focuses on influencing the root causes of disparities and the inter-connectedness of systems and programs 
  3. Leadership and infrastructure in Black communities –philanthropy supports new and existing leadership and core institutions
  4. Research & data – philanthropy is built on disaggregated data and evaluation activities
  5. Communications – philanthropy minimizes the dominance of negative images in Black communities 
As a leader of the Baltimore-Washington Racial Diversity Collaborative, a coalition of organizations and leaders working to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the nonprofit sector, ABAG believes in the importance of leaders whose racial and ethnic backgrounds reflect the community served. Our Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force meets regularly to instill ABAG's values of inclusiveness and respect in our daily work.  We are embarking now on an exploration of racial equity.  

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others promoted the vision of the "beloved community” where all of our destinies are integrally interwoven – that all boats rise on the tide of prosperity, equality and justice. That aspiration compels us to look at our organizations and our grantmaking as a part of a larger whole; and ask what we are doing to focus on the Black community in our grantmaking.  Only as the Black community is strengthened, can our whole community, and the nation, gain tangible social and economic benefits.

Susan's slides as well as other resources can be found on the Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force group page in our online member community.  You are welcome to join the Task Force or the online group.  Click here for more information.  

We invite your thoughts as well, and encourage you to post a comment below!

Elisabeth can be reached at:

Elisabeth Hyleck
Special Initiatives Director
410.727.1205 ext. 1211
ehyleck@abagrantmakers.org

Tags:  ABFE  black children  communities  diversity  Eye on Philanthropy  families  foundations  grantmakers  history  support 

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