HARAMBEE: Let’s All Pull Together


Early Bird Registration Open Through Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Join the nation’s largest gathering of Black professionals in philanthropy at ABFE’s 2020 “HARAMBEE- LET’S ALL PULL TOGETHER” on April 16 – 18th. ABFE will present its members, stakeholders and partners a vigorous agenda—aimed at increasing public and private investments in Black communities. HARAMBEE- LET’S ALL PULL TOGETHER is a Kenyan tradition of community self-help, fundraising and or development. Its’ literal translation in Swahili is “all pull together”. From its inception, ABFE has served to be a vehicle for leveraging resources for the betterment of Black communities. The shared values of unity, organizing and the pooling of resources are central to ABFE’s 2020 Annual Conference.
ABFE’s 2020 Conference will feature signature events and member favorite—the 29th Annual James A. Joseph Lecture & Awards Program, which honors those who are leading philanthropy and at the forefront of cutting-edge philanthropic strategies that support Black communities.
Established in 1971, ABFE is a membership-based, philanthropic and nonprofit organization advocating for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and philanthropists, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion.
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*As of March 16, 2020, the ABFE group rate will no longer be available on the hotel’s site, Marriott.com.
Pictured above: ABFE Co-founder Ambassador James A. Joseph





Dear Members,

ABFE is pleased to announce our 2019 Call for Nominations for the 28th Annual James A. Joseph Lecture & Awards Program and Dinner. This signature event, taking place during our 2019 Annual Conference, “Harambee: Let’s All Pull Together,” will include the keynote James A. Joseph Lecture on Philanthropy, as well as remarks from the Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award and the Institutional Award for Philanthropic Leadership recipients. To read more on last year’s recipients, click here.

The application deadline is on Friday, February 22, 2019. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at conference@abfe.org.

Thank you for your nomination!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please download the packet below and contact Renèe Joslyn, Interim Vice President of Membership & External Affairs, at rjoslyn@abfe.org or 646.392.9872.
ABFE is interested in hearing from its vast network about what is working and what shows promise for Black social change in in our thematic areas for the areas described. We encourage ideas to share products programs, services & research that advances successful outcomes for Black people, Black households & Black communities. At the heart of our work is racial equity; at Harambee 2020, we are interested in showcasing solid work and leveraging sound investments that seek to reduce racial disparities, attack anti-Black racism and support strengthening Black communities.


We Want to Know What’s Working

Data is important to providing accurate narratives. It’s even more important to share promising practices that are working for Black people and communities. Our calls for ideas in each thematic category are as follows:

Category 1: Building and Sustaining Black Wealth and Economic Power

  • What are the myriad of ways that philanthropy is using its power and investments to stabilize and sustain Black wealth (for households and communities)?
  • What philanthropic grantmaking and impact investment strategies are underway to help advance Black business and entrepreneurship that show promise?
  • What are funders and front-line organizations doing to retain, preserve and protect Black land and their rich histories in both urban and rural communities?

Category 2: Growing and Sustaining Black Political Power

  • How are grantmakers and donors advancing Black political power to support issues that they fund?
  • What investment strategies in the area of voting are showing promise (including protection for the right to vote and efforts to mitigate federal, state and/or locally created obstructions to a fair and free election)?
  • What are donors engaged in to build power amongst Black immigrant and LGBTQ populations ensure access and opportunity for our communities?

Category 3: Support to Black-led Social Change Organizations

  • What strategies are being used by foundations, giving circles and donors to support Black-led organizations and their leaders?
  • How are Black-led organizations engaging Black individuals, youth, families and communities across diverse areas to build and implement agendas for their future?

In our sessions, we want to highlight work that aligns with ABFE’s Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities framework and the importance of supporting Black-led social change. As such, we are particularly interested in session ideas that lift up the use of the following strategies:

  • Civic Engagement & Political Power;
  • Community Organizing & People Power;
  • Policy Advocacy & Systems Reform;
  • Economic Development & Economic power;
  • Research & Intellectual Power;
  • Communications Narrative & Social Power; or,
  • Leadership Development & Strategic Convenings.

We welcome content ideas from:

  • Individual or institutional philanthropy;
  • Philanthropic networks (pooled funds; giving circles; etc.)
  • Public-private partnerships; and
  • Grassroots Leaders powering their community change.

The voices of youth/next generation leaders are greatly desired.



We greatly appreciate your investment of time in submitting a proposal (or two). Unfortunately, we will have limited time and space, and won’t be able to accommodate all of the submissions. We will select sessions that best fit our vision for the 2020 conference.

If selected, ABFE will work with the session curators to create an ideal session for 2020!

  • As a session designer, you’ll be responsible for covering your travel costs.
  • Funders and representatives of larger organizations are expected to cover expenses.
  • Very limited resources are available for speakers that might have limited travel budget. Travel support will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Session times, titles & descriptions may need to be modified to accommodate timing & placement in the agenda.
  • There might be opportunities to collaborate with another colleague, with a similar submission topic. We ask that you are amenable to collaborative opportunities, should we decide to accept & merge similar ideas.


For inquiries, please contact us at conference@abfe.org.