OUR WORK IS GIVING BLACK
Our definition of Black communities reflects those that are predominantly representative of the African Diaspora, including African-Americans, African natives, Caribbean natives and Caribbean-Americans.
Who We Are
New England Blacks in Philanthropy is an organization that unites New England-based Black philanthropists, trustees and staff of grant making institutions to enhance philanthropy’s ability to address the needs of Black communities.
Bithiah Carter, President
Lydia Horan, Manager
Our Work is Giving Black.
We provide the following services:
We Inform: Giving Black means educating the philanthropic community about issues that affect Blacks lives and the needs of Black children, families, and communities.
We Reform: Giving Black means developing strategies to reshape the current relationship between philanthropy and Blacks and develop new connections to strengthen the power of Black philanthropy.
We Transform: Giving Black means creating tools, programs, and products to drive change through donors and institutions and to facilitate and support communication between and among philanthropists, charities, service providers, and communities.
Although our support is focused on the Black community, our respect for all people, no matter their race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, gender identity or gender expression, is fundamental to our vision and is ingrained in our culture.
History & Impact
In 2006, The Boston Foundation convened Black philanthropists and community leaders to discuss the results of the Boston Indicators Project. It pointed out that although Blacks had made significant gains there were still persistent inequities. For example, in Boston between 1998 and 2004, the percentage of Blacks lacking health coverage was cut in half but there had been an increase in infant mortality, which is a key indicator of a community’s well-being.
During the dialogue, several guests remarked on the importance of developing a shared and common objective moving forward. The diversity reflected in the Black community was consistently seen as a positive characteristic. “Our diversity can either be a curse, as we disintegrate into isolated Balkanized communities,” said the Reverend Ray Hammond, then Chair of the Foundation’s Board, or, he added “it can be an asset, as we mobilize, develop and share the richness of our linguistic, cultural and experimental assets.”
In response to that bleak and sobering report and the increasing course of isolation from grantmakers, the attending foundation board members and philanthropists established New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBIP) in late 2007. Their primary goal was to challenge Black philanthropists and funders of Black communities to intensify their efforts to serve Black children, families and communities.
Far too many Blacks continue to struggle economically and relationally within and outside of their own community. The “path of poverty” for disenfranchised Blacks is too often confused as the “permanent” Black culture and/or identity. NEBIP proposes to greet this belief system with defiance and will engage in the work of uncovering and activating our strengths which we are certain will lead to a different and more powerful paradigm. As we embark upon this journey we are hopeful that our dialogue does not relegate this to the narrow sphere of “giving back” and “community investment” from solely the Black community.
NEBIP seeks to create a strong Black community capable of advocating on its own behalf and identifying the necessary resources to support its vitality. We are shining a light on Black philanthropy in order to move forward on a path toward self-sufficiency. We seek to grow the social consciousness of philanthropy so that the individual, the direct service provider, the independent philanthropist and the traditional foundation officer and trustee establish better partnerships to create a balanced, holistic approach to funding successful, impactful endeavors.