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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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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.
The Council on Foundations defines funding/grantmaking institutions as:
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 organizations that include intermediary grantmakers, health-conversion foundations, and public charities that make grants and operate programs.
Private, independent, and family foundations, along with operating private foundations, grantmaking LLCs and private health-conversion foundations.
Corporate foundations and corporate giving programs funded by companies as separate legal entities.
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.
Take advantage of member-exclusive discounts on trainings and capacity building programs to deepen your learning, including in-person workshops and webinars.
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.
For individuals who meet our membership requirements.
$150 Membership Dues
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.
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.
$300 Membership Dues
As an Alumni Member receive:
Member newsletter giving you the latest updates on BFN programming.
Invitations and member rate registration to BFN events
Renewing your BFN Membership:
A pre-completed membership invoice will be sent to the billing and primary contact that we have on file, 30-60 days before your membership expires. Invoices may also be sent via email. This invoice will be created using the most recent data in our system, but we appreciate your feedback. If you believe your invoice is incorrect, or if you do not intend to renew, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions about membership or membership benefits, please contact us at email@example.com
"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."
Trustee Emeritus, Silicon Valley Community Foundation