George Soros' Open Society Foundation has provided seed money for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) to launch as an independent leadership organization. CBMA is a national membership organization that is committed to improving the lives of Black men and boys. The organization has more than 3,000 members representing 2,000 organizations across the country. CBMA has a two-year vision to provide 300 leaders and organizations with leadership development skills and to continue to build a strong network of organizations that are dedicated to education, family, workforce, and a shared positive narrative. They officially launched as an independent leadership organization on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day earlier this year. In five years, CBMA hopes that their funders will increase their investment to strengthen Black Male Achievement.
For the last seven years, CBMA has functioned as part of the Open Society Foundation. As a part of the Open Society, CBMA established the first social entrepreneurship fellowship for Black Male Achievement, created Cities United, an initiative committed to developing policies and programs to reduce violent deaths among Black males, and, with the White House, helped establish "My Brother's Keeper Initiative", an initiative that addresses opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color to ensure that they can reach their full potential.
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