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2012 Annual Conference & Program At-A-Glance

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

7:30 AM – 11:00 AM — Question Bridge Black Males Exhibition

ABFE will host the Question Bridge: Black Males exhibition that explores critical and challenging issues within the African American male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among Black men from a range of geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social strata. Question Bridge: Black Males is a portal to an inner realm of Black male consciousness. Meet and greet two of the Artist of the Question Bridge Black Males Exhibition.

LOCATION: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Platinum Salon A (2nd Floor)

8:00 am – 10:00 am — Black Male Initiative - ABFE Learning and Action Network

After assessing activity in the field to improve life outcomes for Black males, ABFE has begun to organize a "coalition of the willing" among funders to coordinate learning and investments among similarly focused organizations. Key foundations will meet to hear updates on California-based grantmaking efforts and national philanthropic trends in support of Black males. The goals are threefold:
1. To establish new levels of impact, leverage and performance on behalf of philanthropic leaders by connecting stakeholders to support the quick and seamless flow of and access to information;
2. Aligning network members with ABFE's Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities framework; and
3. Fostering joint action among members of the network to maximize results for Black males.

LOCATION: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Platinum Salon B (2nd Floor)

REGISTRATION: By Invitation Only

8:30 am – 10:00 am — Leverage the Trust Campaign: Capital + Commitment + Connections: Lessons Learned through the Foundation & Endowment Minority & Women-owned Fund Roundup


For most foundations, 95 percent of endowment assets are put to use in the market, and 5 percent of assets are returned to causes and communities through philanthropic contributions. Black communities receive less than 3 percent of foundation giving. While much time and attention has been focused on the 5 percent, how are Black communities fairing relative to the 95 percent? Black investment managers, all minority managers, manage less than 1 percent of foundation assets. How foundations manage their endowments (impact) and who manages those assets (access) are important considerations and have significant implications for Black communities. During a conference in January of 2012, over 80 minority- and women-owned investment management firms and over 20 foundation representatives attended the first-ever convening to bring these groups together for a candid discussion about access and opportunity for growth.

Join ABFE and finance industry partners as we release early findings of our research and a set of recommendations to the field to support intentional engagement of Black investment talent in the management of foundation endowments. Learn why impact and access in this space are key levers in the future success and vitality of Black communities and how you can make a difference through your role as trustee.

Presenters: Jason Howard, Vice President - Credit Suisse Private Equity
Mary Pugh, Founder, Chief Investment Officer, Pugh Capital Management
Joseph Schlater, Founding Partner, Busara Advisors (Facilitator)

LOCATION: The Farm of Beverly Hills Restaurant, LA Live Complex (Private Room)

REGISTRATION: (Trustees Only – Pre-registration Required)

9:00 am – 9:45 am — Insight Forum – Black Philanthropic Network

Against the backdrop of alarming rates of unemployment, housing foreclosure, and general economic uncertainty, the future of Black communities appears inextricably tied to the future and well-being of this country. Moreover, no single entity acting in isolation of similarly-aligned systems can expect to effectively address the root cause of inequities facing our communities. Though, ABFE plays a national role in advocating on behalf of Black communities, local philanthropy is best positioned to impact our children, youth and families.

Question: What is happening in regions across the country to support the families and individuals most directly impacted by these conditions and the organizations on the ground who serve them?

The Black Philanthropic Network is a group of regionally-focused associations who have partnered with ABFE to identify trends across the US and exchange promising strategies for addressing issues facing Black communities. Join The Black Philanthropic Alliance in this year’s Insight Forum to hear about promising practices in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and learn tips for creating, maintaining and sustaining organizational infrastructure among groups of committed donors, practitioners and funders.

Presenters: Edward Jones, Chair, Black Philanthropic Alliance
Miyesha Perry Chappell, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Black Philanthropic Alliance

LOCATION: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Platinum Salon C (2nd Floor)

REGISTRATION: ABFE Member and Non-Member (Included in Registration Fee)

9:45 am – 11:00 am — “Let’s Act NOW: Moving the Needle Forward for Young Black Men and Boys in California and Beyond”

In a time of economic crisis across the country and as the American Dream has been more difficult to achieve for all Americans, outcomes for Black men and boys in particular are becoming even bleaker. We are dangerously close to the point in which outcomes have been so poor for so long, the challenges of Black men and boys are dangerously close to being considered permanently irreversible and the urgency to act NOW is falling off the national radar altogether.

Fortunately, there is a growing awareness both locally and nationally among philanthropy about the need to address the ongoing crisis facing Black men and boys. Fortunately, there are sufficient counter examples to suggest that the life chances of this population can be positively altered through focused, effective initiatives that affect policies and direct service interventions. California is stepping up to the forefront in taking a more proactive approach in targeting Black men and boys. This session will inform attendees about the rationale, current landscape and lessons learned in launching philanthropic initiatives in California geared toward altering the trajectory of young Black men and boys toward better life outcomes for their families and communities in general.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide comprehensive overview of local philanthropic efforts to support Black men and boys;
  • Lessons learned for others considering launching similar initiatives throughout the country; and
  • Identify specific strategies that can be implemented to improve outcomes for Black men and boys at local and national levels.

Presenters: Cedric Brown, CEO and Justin Davis, Program Coordinator, Mitchell Kapor Foundation
Charles Fields, Regional Program Manager, The California Endowment
Robert Lewis, Program Officer, California Community Foundation
Julio Marcial, Program Director, The California Wellness Foundation
Vincent Jones, Senior Program Officer, Liberty Hill Foundation

LOCATION: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Platinum Salon C (2nd Floor)

REGISTRATION: ABFE Member and Non-Member (Included in Registration Fee)

2:30 pm – 6:00 pm — Mini-Plenary: Looking Back, Moving Forward, A Performance by Anna Deavere Smith

On the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles riots, actress-playwright Anna Deavere Smith will give a moving performance from Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992. Presented and designed by Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and the Association of Black Foundation Executives, this special event focuses on issues such as racial division, healing, and—ultimately—the human condition.

Remarks given by Susan Batten, President/CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives; Peggy Saika, President/Executive Director, AAPIP

Presenter(s): Anna Deavere Smith, Actress/Playright

LOCATION: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, Gold Ballroom 3 (1st Floor)

REGISTRATION: No registration required. Limited seating, please plan to arrive early. Doors open at 1:30pm

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