Addressing Masculine Norms to Improve Life Outcomes for Young Black Men: Why We Still Can't Wait

This publication emerged from a partnership between Frontline, True Child, and Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE).  The paper explores intersectional approaches to how gender norms and the definitions of masculinity can impact the life outcomes of young Black men.

Chronic Violence and Community Health: Reflection on a Symposium Series

This publication emerged from a Langeloth Foundation-sponsored Symposium Series held in five U.S. cities. In these public conversations, experts and community leaders delved into the causes of persistent violence and reflected on how collective action can reduce violence in our communities. Frontline facilitated the dialogues and wrote the report.

A Time to Listen: Youth Perspectives on Poverty and Prosperity

A Time to Listen: Youth Perspectives on Poverty and Prosperity is part of a comprehensive effort by The Declaration Initiative to better understand the complexities of U.S. poverty. TDI commissioned Frontline Solutions to conduct focus groups with youth in five American communities and document their thoughts and ideas on how to improve their communities.

Setting the Tables

Frontline has a longtstanding interest in the promise and challenges of city and state agencies centered on males of color. Published by Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families, Setting the Tables is our study of these commissions, focusing on what the programs and policies of commissions have achieved for males of color and the strategic opportunities to keep philanthropy moving forward. The report was released as an issue of GCYF’s periodic journal, Insight.

A Gathering of Leaders 2013: Postscript

A diverse group of community leaders, policy makers, researchers, journalists, advocates, and funders convened for the second year to focus on improving life outcomes for males of color. This document captures conversations, reflections, and lessons learned during this conference organized by Frontline.

Click here to see a Gathering of Leaders highlight video produced by Sabrina Thompson.

Partnering for Progress

For several years, nonprofit organizations in Prince George’s County, Maryland, have received support through the National Harbor Community Outreach Grant Fund, established as a partnership between local government, a commercial developer, and The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region through its local affiliate, The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County. This Frontline-authored report documents how local nonprofits and the community have benefited from the fund.

State of the Work 2013

D5 is a five-year effort to grow philanthropy’s diversity, equity, and inclusion. Since D5’s inception, Frontline has contributed to a State of the Work report series that has reflected on the success and challenges of this work. This report, featuring insights from prominent leaders from the field, is the third in an annual series.

Five: Portraits of Extraordinary Everyday People

A publication commemorating Frontline’s five years as a social change organization. This collection of personal profiles features Tim McIntoshSharlonda BuckmanXu LinShirley Mock, and Lucas Diaz, just a few of the dynamic leaders whom Frontline has been fortunate enough to know over our the past five years.

African-American Male Initiative: A Model for Increasing Higher Education Attainment

The University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI) has been credited as the first statewide effort explicitly focused on increasing postsecondary attainment among Black males. This report is an assessment of AAMI, drawing from several years of USG data and feedback from over 50 interviews. The project was overseen and authored by Frontline partner Loren Harris through his firm Thinking Man Consulting, with key support from Marcus Littles and Bianca Williams.

A Gathering of Leaders: Proceedings Memo

In June 2012, 150 scholars, activists, policy-makers, funders, media-makers and practitioners came together in Philadelphia to develop new strategies and mobilize resources to confront the myriad challenges facing males of color. This proceedings memo documents the events that transpired over the course of those two days as well as the opportunities, challenges, recommendations, and many other insights that participants raised.

State of the Work 2012

One of a set of reports on which Frontline collaborated, State of the Work 2012 charts the field of philanthropy’s path toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion. For this second edition in the D5 Coalition’s annual series, Frontline served as lead writer, offering a mixture of impact assessment, storytelling, and personal interviews with leaders from the field.

The Impacts of Giving Together: Giving Circles as a Civic Engagement Strategy

Through support of the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the Community Investment Network spawned new giving circles in select cities, with the express aim of improving life outcomes for Black males. This report, co-authored by Frontline Solutions, focuses on how giving circles can be valuable tools for catalyzing civic engagement at the community level.

AACF: Affecting Policy and Programming (Partners in Progress)

For the second installment of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation’s Partners in Progress series, Frontline Solutions and a Arkansas-based researcher were asked to write this report about an enduring partnership between the foundation and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, an anchor institution that has been influencing public policy for several decades.

Strengthening Democracy, Improving Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing, and Civic Engagement in the Gulf/Midsouth Region

This report, written by Frontline and published by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, records the ways in which 25 nonprofits and coalitions have helped improve their communities through funder-supported organizing, advocacy, and civic engagement. Along with revealing data, the report features compelling stories, interviews with regional leaders, and recommendations for funders.

Southern Bancorp: Revitalizing the Rural South (Partners in Progress)

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation commissioned our team and a native Arkansan to write this report about the foundation’s 25-year relationship with Southern Bancorp, the country’s largest rural Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI). The publication is part of a WRF series called Partners in Progress, which is documenting findings about the foundation’s longstanding investments.

State of the Work 2011

For State of the Work 2011, a report published by the D5 coalition that begins to map the landscape of diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy, Frontline contributed vignettes of seven leading organizations whose work addresses the field’s leadership, action, funding, and data. Read the full report here.

Building the Bridge, Breaking the Mold

This publication was produced for Twenty-First Century Foundation to help tell the story of the Black Men & Boys Initiative, a multi-issue campaign launched in 2004 to “identify, highlight, and support effective strategies that focus on supporting Black men and boys and to surface new sources of support from individual donors and institutional philanthropy to supplement this effort.”

Co-Investment Structures: A Framework for Foundation-Government Collaboration

Casey Family Programs solicited the expertise and research services of Frontline Solutions to address an essential question: how can foundations and government agencies most effectively work together? This is the report that emerged from our investigation. An Executive Summary is also available.

Project: Innovation

This series of posters produced by Frontline Solutions documented the success of Project: Innovation, a one-year pilot program designed to better resource UNC-Chapel Hill students interested in sustainable social change work.

Counting the Invisible Man: Black Males and the 2010 Census

This report documents the iCount Initiative, a partnership between Twenty-first Century Foundation, Thinking Man Consulting, and Frontline Solutions to increase Black male enumeration in the 2010 Census. This report includes a detailed narrative of iCount’s methodology and implementation, strategies, ideas, and challenges articulated by on-the-ground local partners; and recommendations for targeting Black males for the 2020 Census.

Making the Case for Integration: Tides Foundation’s Africa Family Planning and HIV Integration Fund

The Tides Foundation’s Africa Family Planning and HIV Integration Fund supports a new holistic approach that health care providers are advancing in six African countries. This report contains profiles of leaders in the integration field, a summary of current research, and analysis of difficult challenges and real solutions by experts from the public and philanthropic sectors.

The State of Black Male Commissions: A Survey

Drawn from a broad research scan and interviews with key leaders, this survey documents the practices, strategies, and achievements of the Black male commissions, government agencies created to improve the status and well-being of Black men and boys. It includes a brief history of commissions and their various compositions as well as a thoughtful assessment from a select group of experts working in the field.

That's What We Thought A Man Was...

This report draws readers into the realities of four men in Southern communities. It uncovers a set of unique insights that no arrangement of stats and figures could accomplish. The result is a vivid portrait of men’s lives, the challenges they face, and the ways in which they lead their communities.

Family Matters Report

To further its agenda of advancing philanthropy in Black communities, the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) needed an expert analysis of the ways in which society views the African-American family. This report examines the critical issues of foster care, fatherhood, and identity development as they impact that “cornerstone of Black communities.”

Momentum: Sustaining Efforts to Improve Life Outcomes Among African-American Males

This study documents gatherings held across the country to develop ways to address the challenges facing young black men. The report also analyzes opportunities for a coordinated philanthropic response to these issues.

A Look at the Mid South Delta Region: A Glimpse of Its Assets, Socioeconomic Complexion, and Emerging Opportunities

The National Rural Funders Collaborative (NRFC) is a collaborative philanthropic initiative organized to expand resources for families and communities in regions of persistent poverty. NRFC engaged Frontline Solutions and the Southern Rural Development Center to author this report that details the delta region’s population, resources and challenges.

It Begins: The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation 2007 Annual Report

The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation (WRF) seeds efforts to improve the quality of life for all Arkansans and to promote systemic change. For its 2007 Annual Report, Frontline Solutions profiled eight social change leaders from across the state.

Stepping Up and Stepping Out: Profiles of Philanthropy Responding to an American Crisis

This report profiles examples of three philanthropic responses that have stepped up by making investments to create opportunities for black males in North Carolina, Chicago and the field of Education.

One Voice, One Vote: Advocating for Change

This resource commissioned by the Community Policy Research and Training Institute (CPRTI) serves as a resource for the Southeast Region of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to advocate for policy reforms to improve African American communities in the American South.

Why We Can’t Wait: A Case for Philanthropic Action

An examination of programs, policies and services that impact the life outcomes of African-American males. The report is intended to serve as a springboard for ideas, strategies and programs that philanthropy professionals, nonprofit leaders and civil society can nurture to improve the quality of life for black men and boys.