ASCEND:BLO Network Summit
June 19, 2019 | 8:30am – 5:30pm | Location TBA
The first annual ASCEND:BLO Network Summit was held on Wednesday, June 19, from 8:30am to 5:30pm. The Summit was a first-of-its-kind opportunity for representatives of the over 250 Black-Led Organizations (BLOs) across six Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara) to come together on Juneteenth around the theme of “Breaking Barriers – Building Bonds.”
BLOs had the opportunity to network, learn from, and be inspired by dynamic speakers and facilitators, and connect with funders committed to supporting the sustainability and sense of community of Bay Area BLOs.
In partnership with the San Francisco Foundation and the Women Donors Network, on May 20th, EBCF had the privilege of hosting the Donors of Color Network event, entitled “Diversity in Philanthropy: Understanding, Engaging, and Networking the High Net Worth Donor of Color.”
If you missed this engaging and informative event, we encourage you to watch the pre-recorded stream on the EBCF Facebook page. Don’t forget to like and follow us for more streamed events like this one in the future.
Thank you to all who joined us for a fantastic evening of learning, engaging, and networking. We look forward to sharing our space with you for future events. To learn more about EBCF’s work with the Donors of Color Network, contact Sachi Yoshii at email@example.com.
ASCEND:BLO Network Event
May 17, 2019 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Mountain View
BLO Network events are a key component of the ASCEND:BLO initiative, providing peer networking, learning, and community building to all BLOs in the Bay Area. On May 17, 2019, BLO Network event took place at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, with the goal of supporting BLOs from Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties in building relationships and collaborations through connections with one another, as well as with funders. It is imperative that BLOs from these regions are seen and heard to begin to help close the philanthropic gap. The event also helped identify key capacity building needs for these BLOs to inform future events.
Approximately 30 BLOs from the Santa Clara and San Mateo counties were in attendance and were encouraged to bring two attendees each. The program kicked-off with entertainment, followed by a welcome address and opening remarks. Byron Johnson, Capacity Building Initiative Officer for ASCEND:BLO, provided an overview of the initiative. The event provided structured networking activities and real-time polls to gather feedback on capacity building needs and interests, and a drawing for pop-up grants. The event finished with closing remarks.
For more information about the ASCEND:BLO initiative, contact Byron Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org
On April 24th, 2019, members of EBCF’s professional advisor network were invited to attend a behind-the-scenes tour of two new installations at The Oakland Museum of California. Members of the OMCA exhibition development team took attendees on a tour of the Black Power and Taking Native Lands and Lives installations.
Black Power: In response to the widely-popular 2016 special exhibition, All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50, this new installation in the Gallery of California History at the Oakland Museum of California illustrates the creative ways Black anti-racist activists in California supported their communities and challenged the U.S. government. Focusing on the example of the Black Panther Party, Black Power brings to light the tensions between a culturally and socially progressive California and examples of economic racism and oppression in the state.
Taking Native Lands and Lives: A new display in the Gallery of California History explores the history of violence and genocide against Native peoples in California. Between 1848 and 1870, the Native population plunged from roughly 150,000 to 30,000. Greed for land and a deep-rooted racism led to brutal violence that was sponsored by the state government and carried out by its residents. Learn about this history in the early era of statehood and the legacy that continues to affect California today.
On April 4th, 2019, the East Bay Community Foundation and the Race, Gender, and Human Rights Fund were extremely pleased to hold the first session of a 3-part education series designed for donors to learn about the criminal justice system’s particular impact on women and families. A local panel of dedicated advocates shared their work to advance systemic solutions and explore how strategic philanthropy can address the destructive consequences of mass incarceration: poverty, homelessness, intergenerational trauma, and separated families… Read More
We were honored to host Lenny Mendonca and Margaret Hanlon-Gradie on March 13, 2019 at Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. We hope that all who attended were as inspired as we were by the thought-provoking conversation on both the statewide and local economies… Read More