ABFE 2013 Conference Hits Chicago Streets; Addresses Community Violence,
Black Male Stereotypes and Celebrity Foundations
April 4, 2013
/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 225 leaders and professionals in philanthropy including presidents, trustees, program officers, athletes and donors are expected to attend
The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
fourth annual conference on
April 4-7, 2013
, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel,
. The conference offers attendees strategic philanthropic solutions that impact Black communities. It puts a spotlight on violence, negative images of Black males in the media, and innovative community re-development initiatives. The rarely engaged and often misunderstood topic of foundation operations, specifically finance, investment and grants management, provides a 101 course in institutional investing. There is also a session designed to help sports and entertainment philanthropist increase their understanding of the mainstream grantmaking process, an issue recently portrayed negatively in an ESPN news story.
Representatives of several organizations founded by athletes and entertainers are expected to attend, including Chicago Bears linebacker
Robert K. Ross
, M.D. President and CEO of The California Endowment will receive this year's prestigious
James A. Joseph Lecturer Award
John W. Rogers, Jr.
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Ariel Investments will receive the 2013 Trailblazer Award.
, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion will give a keynote address and Dr.
University of Maryland Baltimore County
will close the plenary session.
"Innovation + Investment = Impact"
sets the tone for a conference that encourages members to leverage the power of philanthropy to address critical needs facing Black communities, including economic, educational and social inequalities. "Foundations move money," said
Susan Taylor Batten
, President and CEO of ABFE, "and philanthropy is a powerful tool for positive, enduring social change."
as the backdrop, the four-day conference includes a visit to Dorchester Projects and other Rebuild Foundation sites that demonstrate how arts and culture have revived formerly abandoned spaces on
's South side. For a complete schedule, visit
About The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE)
The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) is an independent membership organization that counts among its members the most influential staff, trustees and donors of grant making institutions that promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. For more info, visit
SOURCE Association of Black Foundation Executives