Saturday, August 21, 2010

Weekend Reading

New on Choosing A Board for Your Nonprofit

Our Dallas contributor Froswa' Booker-Drew provides 5 great tips for choosing a strong, viable board of directors for your nonprofit organization on the website's new column, the Nonprofit Insider. Read it HERE. Thinking about starting a nonprofit? Read my column for Black Enterprise HERE, 4 Things to Do Before You Start A Charity.

New Report Reveals 47% Graduation Rate for Black Males

This week, the Schott Foundation released its latest biennial report on Black males and public education. The report shows that out of 50 states, half have graduation rates for Black male students below the national average. In addition to a national summary and detailed state-by-state data, the report highlights the success of New Jersey's Abbott plan, which demonstrates that when equitable resources are available to all students, systemic change at the state level can yield significant results.

The report's findings include:

The five worst performing districts with large Black male student enrollment are New York City, N.Y. (28%); Philadelphia, Pa. (28%); Broward County, Fla. (39%); Chicago, Ill. (44%) and Nashville, Tenn. (47%).

The states with Black male student enrollment exceeding 100,000 that have the highest graduation rates for Black male students are New Jersey (69%), Maryland (55%), California (54%) and Pennsylvania (53%).

The districts with Black male student enrollment exceeding 10,000 that have highest graduation rates for Black male students are Newark, N.J. (76%); Fort Bend, Texas (68%); Baltimore County, Md. (67%) and Montgomery County, Md. (65%).

“Taken together, the numbers in the Schott Foundation for Public Education's report form a nightmarish picture--one that is all the more frightening for being both true and long-standing,” said Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone, who provided the foreword in the report. Read the report at

Young Professionals and African American Museums: Where Are They?

The Heritage Salon takes a look at young black professionals and their involvement with African American museums. Jada Wright-Greene shares, "When I think back to my experiences with museums and observing the demographic of visitors that attended museums regularly, I didn’t observe many young people or young professionals patronizing these institutions." Today, there are many groups of young people raising funds and awareness of our nation's most prestigious museums, but where are the young black professionals raising funds for our black museums? Read the article HERE.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Ms. Wright-Greene, your article provides a great deal of insight into the challenge of engaging young, black professionals so as to generate the MUCH NEEDED support for African-American museums. Could this simply be a case of 'the heart is willing . . . but, the flesh is weak?' If our museums are unsure as to 'where to begin', under the leadership of one with your knowledge and expertise . . . groups of supportive, young, black professionals will be established.