In May 2015, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation launched the Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM), a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic movement moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice. HSF committed $900,000 in new funds over three years to support Black-led organizing, Black leadership development and strategic convenings for Black racial and social justice leaders. In partnership with the Association of Black Funding Executives (ABFE), HSF is also coordinating the Black Social Change Funders Network to advocate for significantly more philanthropic resources for Black-led social change and to be more strategic in our investments for social and racial justice in the Black community. We developed this website to provide information about the MBLM Initiative, highlight the Black-Led Organizing Groups we are supporting through the Initiative, and to house a living map of Black-led organizing groups in the United States.
The long-term goals of the MBLM Initiative are to:
Actual policy wins that remove racialized barriers and produce concrete outcomes to enable Black communities and people to thrive across a spectrum of issues and places.
A dynamic, strong, connected and powerful Black-led and allied ecosystem for building power for the Black community
Notable progress in shifting the public discourse and prevailing narrative that de-legitimizes the need for Black social change and justice.
Significantly increase philanthropic support and coordination to strengthen Black institutional and political power.
In 2017, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation Board decided to make the focus on Black-led Organizing a permanent priority for the Foundation and made the Making Black Lives Matter Initiative an on-going program area for HSF. Currently, more than 50% of HSF's overall grant portfolio are Black-led organizing groups.