Professional Development

ABFE – A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equality, diversity and inclusion.

Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLEP)

CLFP is a year-long program designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy. Fellows have the opportunity to learn from seasoned grantmakers and peers on a regular basis, understand how to be more effective for change within their institutions, and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges

Leverage the Trust

Leverage the Trust is an effort to identify and engage Black foundation trustees in ABFE’s mission through peer networking and learning opportunities. The work of Leverage the Trust is led by a committee of dedicated trustees of philanthropic institutions who are representative of the diversity of geography, type and size of grantmaking entities in the sector.

Proteus Fund

Partnering with individual donors and foundations, Proteus Fund designs and manages collaborative grant making on a range of leading social change arenas—from curbing the growing influence of money in politics to advancing marriage equality and protecting civil liberties in an age of heightened national security. Its high-impact initiatives combine targeted grants and technical assistance, informed by rigorous policy analysis and research, as well as expert input from the field.

YWCA Boston

The goal of YWCA Boston is to reduce systemic racial and gender disparities and improve social cohesion in Boston neighborhoods where health, educational and safety.

YWCA Boston Lead Boston Opportunity

An 11-month, experiential executive education program, Lead Boston focuses on the inner workings of Boston, trends and issues that impact the city’s social and economic vitality, and socially responsible leadership. The program is geared to corporate, public and non-profit mid-to-senior level executives.