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View clips and learn more about our recent national conversation with and about Black girls and young women

Take a look at clips from the convening the Grantmakers for Girls of Color planning committee and the NoVo Foundation hosted on May 19, 2016.

More than a hundred funders met in person in New York City for the all-day meeting exploring the power of black young women and girls in the United States, the unique hurdles standing in their way, and how philanthropy can support them. Hundreds more joined online. Watch video of the full morning sessions, look through the complete agenda, and browse all the speakers who presented during the day.









The convening was designed as a first step toward a new dialogue and movement among funders to chart what’s needed, create opportunities for collaboration, and articulate a shared vision to shift the philanthropic sector.


Grantmakers for Girls of Color Convening Planning Committee Members:

  • Nakisha M. Lewis

    Senior Strategist for Safety,
    Ms. Foundation for Women (Co-Chair)

  • Tynesha McHarris

    Fellow for Advancing Adolescent Girls Rights, NoVo Foundation (Co-Chair)

  • Susan Batten

    President and CEO, ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

  • Allison Brown

    Executive Director,
    Communities for Just Schools Fund

  • LaTosha Brown

    Program Director, Grantmakers for Southern Progress, Neighborhood Funders Group

  • Mandy Van Deven

    Communications Officer,
    Foundation for a Just Society

  • Jeanné Isler

    Field Director, National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy

  • LaShawn Jefferson

    Program Officer, Ford Foundation

  • Marjona Jones

    Senior Program Officer, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

  • Ada Williams Prince

    Program Officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation

  • Lorraine Ramirez

    Program Manager,
    Funders for Justice/ Neighborhood Funders Group

  • Takema Robinson

    Founder, Momentum for Progress

  • Cassie Schwerner

    Senior Vice President,
    Schott Foundation for Public Education

Our full-day convening included these sessions:

Introductions & Welcome

A Black Girls Bill of Rights

During the Black Girl Movement Conference, more than 500 black girls and women created a declaration of what it means and will take for black girls to live with dignity and safety. Our funders convening will open with a presentation of the Declaration of Freedom & Humanity by some of the black women and girls who helped to draft it.

State of Black Girls in America

Roundtable One (9:30am – 10:45am)
Beyond the Magic: What’s at Stake for Black Girls

Hearing from voices from around the country we will highlight the particular manifestations of oppression at the intersections of race, class, and gender in the lives of black girls. This will provide us all with deeper context for what’s at stake if we don’t move from invisibility to investment.

Roundtable Two (11:00am – 12:15pm)
Black Girls Matter: Organizing at the Intersections

This roundtable will explore the current movements led and for black girls and young women across the country. This conversation will hear from movement builders what will take to grow and sustain the movement at local and national levels.

Lunch Keynote

Racial Justice is Gender Justice: Why Funding with an Intersectional Lens is Necessary for Systemic Change

“Where is the Money”: Mapping Philanthropy & The Field for Black Girls

Presentation on what we know on where the money is for black girls and young women in philanthropy to date, followed by a facilitated discussion with all participants.

Moving Money to Make Change: Organizing Strategies for Philanthropy

Small Group Discussions

Closing & Next Steps

Report: Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls

NYT: Schools’ Discipline for Girls Differs by Race and Hue

Op-Ed: How Our Country Fails Black Women and Girls: And why we need to talk about it.​

Report: Black Girls Matter: Pushed out, Overpoliced and Underprotected