Nonprofits Join Forces to Give Black Men a Brighter Future

Foundations Join Forces to Give Black Men a Brighter Future 2

Chris Casaburi, for The Chronicle

Shawn Dove (seated), of Open Society Foundations, visiting a Bronx school. He says philanthropic efforts need to be more sustained. “We’ve seen foundations duck into this issue for a few years and then duck back out.”

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Chris Casaburi, for The Chronicle

Shawn Dove (seated), of Open Society Foundations, visiting a Bronx school. He says philanthropic efforts need to be more sustained. “We’ve seen foundations duck into this issue for a few years and then duck back out.”

During the past decade or so, Shawn Dove has all too regularly become dismayed as foundation-led efforts aimed at young black and Hispanic males have come and gone—even as those groups have faced ever-worsening troubles.

“We’ve seen foundations duck into this issue for a few years and then duck back out,” says Mr. Dove, manager of the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

That situation may be changing. In the last two