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The ecosystem of nonprofit organizations in the United States is growing at a rapid rate, and the assets of philanthropic institutions continue to grow as well. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been invested by philanthropy into many of these nonprofit institutions in the name of change and social justice.  Yet, a walk through any of the projects in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles or any other major city of the United States will quickly reveal that not much has changed for the residents of these underrepresented communities. Why? In their latest article, “Paid in Full”, published by Stanford Social Innovation Review, Dorian Burton and Brian C.B. Barnes argue that there is a lack of dimensionality, authentic community engagement, and a neglect to map out a comprehensive approach to change that is missing from the strategies set forth by our philanthropic and social sector institutions. In this webinar, Dorian Burton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-founder of TandemEd., and Assistant Executive Director at Keenen Charitable Trust, along with Shawn Dove, CEO of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Trabian Shorters, founding CEO of BMe Community, and Anthony Smith, CEO of Cities United, come together to discuss the importance of redirecting philanthropic investments for justice-oriented collective action and impact, and how that translates in the real world.  You willlearn about the seven elements of the paid-in-full investment strategy, and how to apply this approach to your work, as a grantmaker, nonprofit, government, or community-based entity. Finally, they also talk about why investing in black men and boys is a key component of justice-oriented collective action, and vital to whole community health.

A special Welcome to:  Philanthropic Institutions, government entities, nonprofits & community leaders

Qualifies for
1.5 CFRE point(s)


  • Describe tangible strategies for placemaking and building community health
  • Recognize how and why you should move to Asset Framing rather than Deficit-Based Narratives
  • Identify the barriers and opportunities to investing in building equitable communities
  • Plan how to reorient your institution for equitable change and investments in the field

Intended audience

  • All levels of experience

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03:49 For Dr. Brian Barnes: What have some of the barriers been to creating systems level impact in communities of color?

12:37 Audience Question: What are your personal feelings around justice related investments?

14:40 For Shawn Dove: Why make the investment in black males in communities of color? Having been in philanthropy, what is the current investment landscape and where do you see it going?

18:30 Shawn Dove highlighting Black women leaders in the philanthropic sector doing work in this area

26:57 For Shawn Dove: Digging deeper into philanthropic landscape.

32:03 For Trabian Shorters: You take a different approach than we normally see. Please share more about your work around Narrative and Asset Framing.

45:25 Audience Question: What is your experience with asset framing?

48:00 For Anthony Smith: Why is this investment crucial to whole community health and what does this look like in practice?

1:05:01 Closing Remarks & Next Steps

1:06:28 Q&A, Question 1: How do we write successful grant proposals without highlighting the negative when funders look for those things to establish need?

1:11:02 Q&A, Question 2: If we see this as a time for the philanthropic status quo to shift its priorities regarding investment in Black men and boys, what’s at stake if we fail to make a timely shift to our own talent and resources?

1:13:13 Q&A, Question 3: How do we invest in the Black community without displacing it? Do you have any thoughts on how this can be done effectively?

1:18:05 Q&A, Question 4: How can we position ourselves to have this conversation with local government officials?

1:22:36 Q&A, Question 5: How can grassroots organizations in local communities get community foundations more engaged?

1:25:23 Q&A, Question 6: Regarding asset framing, the risk to nonprofits seems too great, especially since it is about shifting philanthropic culture. Can you share more resources, scholarship, and strategies?


Anthony Smith CEO Cities United
Dorian Burton Chief Program Officer Kenan Charitable Trust
Dr. Brian Barnes Co-Founder, CEO TandemEd
Shawn Dove CEO Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Trabian Shorters Founding Chief Executive Officer BMe Community