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The Black Funders Network - Members

Join the Black Funders Network!

​Welcome to the place and space for Black-identified funders and professionals in philanthropy to get connected, aligned, and (re) energized to best support Black communities and organizations across disciplines. We're based in the Bay Area/Northern California.

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All of our members work for a funding or grantmaking institution. The Council on Foundations defines funding and grantmaking institutions as:

Community Foundations:

Grantmaking public charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. They bring together the financial resources of individuals, families and businesses to support effective nonprofits in their communities.

Grantmaking

Public Charities:

Grantmaking organizations that include intermediary grantmakers, health-conversion foundations, and public charities that make grants and operate programs.

Private
Grantmakers:

Private, independent, and family foundations, along with operating private foundations, grantmaking LLCs and private health-conversion foundations.

Corporate Grantmakers:

Corporate foundations and corporate giving programs funded by companies as separate legal entities.

Our Members:

Live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area

Are Black-identified (Black, African, African American, Multiracial)

Work for a funding/grantmaking institution or philanthropy affiliate organization

Seek to participate in a supportive community of like-minded Black funders and philanthropy professionals

Black Funders Network of the Bay Area
The Black Funders Network of the Bay Area

Membership Benefits

Leadership Opportunities
Enhance your leadership skills by presenting on Network sponsored programs

Leadership Opportunities

Enhance your leadership skills by presenting on Network sponsored programs and volunteering to lead special projects.

Savings & Discounts
Enjoy annual savings through discounted registration for BFN events.

Savings & Discounts

Enjoy annual savings through discounted registration at BFN events.

Professional Development
Take advantage of member-exclusive discounts on trainings and programs

Professional Development

Take advantage of member-exclusive discounts on trainings and capacity building programs to deepen your learning, including in-person workshops and webinars.

Networking & Connecting
Gain access to our online member directory.
Sector Issues & Updates
Remain up to date on the challenges and opportunities shaping philanthropy.

Sector Issues & Updates

Remain up to date on the challenges and opportunities shaping philanthropy and share stories about your organization's impact through exclusive communications, including our members-only e-newsletters.

Networking & Connecting

Gain access to our online member directory where you can connect with peers, attend in-person BFN events and join our members only page in LinkedIn.

Membership Type

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Individual Membership

For individuals who meet our membership requirements.

$150 Membership Dues

Membership Dues:

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For private independent foundation who meet our membership requirements.

  • Under $1M in annual grantmaking - $750

  • Under $2.5M in annual grantmaking - $1500

  • $5M or more in annual grantmaking - $5000

For private independent foundations; family foundations; community foundations; corporate foundations / corporations with community giving programs; professional grantmaking networks; grantmaking public charities.

Institutional Membership

Institutional Membership

The Black Funders Network of The Bay Area - Alumni Membership

Alumni Membership  

Alumni Members are professional providers of philanthropic services who meet our membership requirements.

Alumni membership is for current members who are transferring out of the field but would still like to be connected with the network. Your contribution as an alumni member is considered a donation and is tax-deductible.

Alumni Membership

$300 Membership Dues

As an Alumni Member, you will receive:

  • Member newsletter giving you the latest updates on BFN programming.

  • Invitations and member rate registration to BFN events

Renewing your BFN Membership:

You will receive an email link to renew your membership 30-60 days before it expires, unless otherwise specified. Renewal notifications will be sent to the email address you provided when you joined.

If you have any questions about membership or membership benefits, please contact us at info@blackfundersnetwork.org

Membership tiers
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"My participation in the Bay Area Black Funders Network helps me in several ways: 1) To stay informed about relevant issues within the philanthropy ecosystem; 2) To learn from and share best grantmaking practices with other Foundation funders; and 3) To stay abreast of non-profit leaders, their community impact, and other data that can help our Foundation to realize its mission. I find BFN to be an invaluable resource."

Thurman White

Trustee Emeritus, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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