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Hill-Snowdon Foundation Announces the
Making Black Lives Matter Initiative
to Support Black-led Organizing

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The tragic killings of Black men, women and boys by mostly white police officers in the past year has sparked a Black social justice movement the likes of which we have not seen since the Civil Rights era.  This growing Movement for Black Lives has the potential to become the Black civil and human rights movement for this generation – confronting structural racism in policing and a host of other issues that constrict the ability for the Black community to thrive and matter in this country.  However, this opportunity is limited by the relatively weak and under-resourced infrastructure for Black-led political and institutional power that currently exists.  Black-led organizing and social change organizations have been under-resourced for decades, thereby reducing the capacity to secure substantive change in moments like this.  Consequently, the real opportunity and need in this moment is to strengthen and build the power of the Black community to secure the policy, institutional, political and social changes necessary to make Black lives matter and thrive in this country.

In response to this unique moment and opportunity, the Hill-Snowdon Foundation has developed the Making Black Lives Matter Initiative (MBLM), a three year grantmaking and strategic co-funding initiative that seeks to maximize this historic moment to begin building long term institutional and political power for Black social change and racial justice.  HSF will commit $900,000 in new funds over the next 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 will also host and convene a table of funders to coordinate and align our grantmaking and strategies in order to maximize our efforts to strengthen the institutional and political power of the Black community to make Black lives matter and for the Black community to thrive.

The desired outcomes 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.

For more information contact Nat Chioke Williams at or 202-833-8600.