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Joint PSO Call to Action: We Stand with ABFE

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

United Philanthropy Forum joins with other regional and 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. 

Sincerely, 

John L Barnes, Executive Director
Funders Concerned About AIDS

Henry Berman, CEO 
Exponent Philanthropy 

Dave Biemesderfer, President & CEO 
United Philanthropy Forum

Phil Buchanan, President
Center for Effective Philanthropy 

Dan Cardinali, President and CEO
Independent Sector 

Kendall Clawson, CEO
Grantmakers of Oregon and Southwest Washington

Celine Coggins, Executive Director
Grantmakers for Education

Kevin Dean, CEO
Momentum Nonprofit Partners

Aaron Dorfman, President and CEO
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Deborah Ellwood, President and CEO
CFLeads

Kathleen Enright, President and CEO
Council on Foundations 

Dolores Estrada, Chief Operating Officer 
PEAK Grantmaking

Sean Gibbons, CEO
The Communications Network

Anupama Joshi, Executive Director
Blue Sky Funders Forum

Rachel Leon, Executive Director
Environmental Grantmakers Association

Ben Francisco Maulbeck, President
Funders for LGBTQ Issues

Kristin Purdy, Executive Director
Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation 

Shannon L. Rudisill, Executive Director
Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

Pat Smith, President & CEO
The Funders Network

K Sujata, Interim Executive Director
Forefront

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

Deborah Aubert Thomas, President and CEO
Philanthropy Ohio

Eddie Torres, President and CEO
Grantmakers in the Arts

Marcus Walton, President & CEO 
Grantmakers for Effective Organizations

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