This is a complex question, one that many people in America are working to answer. In 2011, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation asked us to help them construct a network comprised of grant-making and other philanthropic organizations who were working on various facets of this challenge. The task was to help them convene, organize, and direct an emerging coalition of funders who had the resources to reverse the declining rate of men of color who enroll and graduate with a degree from a post-secondary educational institution.
We provided the Gates Foundation with research on what other funders were doing and we facilitated a meeting attended by representatives from other national foundations working in this area. We eventually created a social marketing campaign that we designed to serve as a supplement to the Foundation’s existing males of color college completion initiative.