Strengthening Black Families
We are excited to share the publication of our first position paper entitled, “Strengthening Black Families: A Case for Philanthropic Investment.”
This position paper provides a rationale for the POISE Foundation’s shift to a family-centered approach. It introduces POISE’s new Strengthening Black Families (SBF) program strategy as a promising case example. It also considers how other funders might employ such a lens in their work–and make investments toward similar goals.
It is POISE’s hope that this paper will create the impetus for a new dialogue–and a new direction–within the philanthropic community. We encourage funders to see how investments in strengthening families can address the most critical issues facing America–and, in particular, its Black communities.
POISE realizes the importance of new and transformative approaches to impact community change. Compelling data points suggest the need to shift our focus from the alleviation of symptomatic problems to the achievement of strong families and community sustainability.
Strengthening Black Families is the Foundation’s new grant making strategy to re-assert Black families as a core institution in the re-development of Pittsburgh’s Black community. Building on its legacy, The Foundation will invest and encourage other private and public investments to that end. POISE believes that strengthening Black families will ultimately elevate and sustain a higher quality of life in the communities where they live.
- Community Engagement – Create venues for community learning and dialogue that explore the broad spectrum of perspectives, definitions and expectations of the Black family.
- Local and National Philanthropic Partnerships – partner with local and national philanthropic institutions to make investments in programming that promotes positive family interaction.
- Research and Policy – Advocate for and promote public policy that positively impacts Black families.
- Thought Leadership – Lead approaches that seek to change deeply held opinions of civic leaders and policymakers about the value and efficacy of Black families.
Demonstration Grant - Promoting Positive Family Interactions
In 2013, POISE Foundation issued its first RFP focused on Promoting Positive Family Interactions. Of the twenty-six organizations that applied, four were selected to receive grants.
- Melting Pot Ministries
- The Center That C.A.R.E.S
- University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine – Department of Family Medicine
- Amachi Pittsburgh
Strengthening Black Families – National Advisory Committee
In 2013, POISE Foundation convened its very first National Advisory Committee. The purpose of the committee is to provide knowledge and expertise that will help guide the Foundation to achieve its goals outlined in the new grantmaking strategy focused on strengthening Black families.
- Andrew Cheeseboro, Executive Director, Small Seeds Development
- Dr. Marcia Sturdivant, Executive Director, Negro Educational Emergency Drive (NEED)
- Cheryl Walker, Executive Director, Manchester Youth Development Center
- Sharon Brooks Hodge, Executive Director, Black Family Preservation Group, Inc.
- Dr. Cherie Collins Sims, Consultant, African American Leadership Forum
- Dr. Petrice Sams-Abiodun, Executive Director, Lindy Boggs National Center for Community Literacy - Loyola University
- Elaine Fulton, Parent/Community Advocate, Wilkinsburg Family Support Center
- Reverend John Knight, Project Director, TWOgether Pittsburgh
- Susan Batten, President & CEO, Association of Black Foundation Executives
- Leon Caldwell, Ph.D., Consultant, Caldwell & Associates, LLC
- Dwayne Barker, Parent/Community Advocate, Pittsburgh Public Schools
Strengthening Black Families - Community Partners
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