Assessing the Effort to Bolster the Academic Achievement of Black Males

A new report from the Open Society Foundations and the Foundation Center examines the many efforts currently underway to bolster the academic achievement of Black males. The study finds that philanthropic support for programs to enhance Black male achievement reached $40 million in 2011, up from $29 million in 2010. Between 2008 and 2011, more than 190 foundations made nearly 900 grants to more than 400 organizations directly relating to Black male achievement.

The report found that scholarly research in the field no longer focuses on problems associated with Black men but instead increasingly examines positive factors such as what is being done that helps Black men succeed.

The report offers insights from 50 leaders in government, nonprofits, business, and the academic world on what can be done to further help along the progress that has been made.

The report, Building a Beloved Community: Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement, can be downloaded by clicking here.

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