Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Twenty First Century Foundation

  • New York, NY
  • www.21cf.org

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Mission Statement

Established in 1971, 21CF's mission is to lead, innovate and influence giving for Black community change.  As one of the few, endowed, African American foundations in the U.S., 21CF works to advance the welfare of the Black community through strategic and collective grantmaking, special initiatives and research, and donor services.

Main Programs

  1. Black Men and Boys Initiative
  2. Gulf Coast Organizing, Advocacy and Leadership Initiative [GOAL]
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Since inception, 21CF has been a constant advocate and thoughtful voice that identifies and provides catalytic support for the civil rights, economic empowerment, and grassroots leadership needs within African-American communities throughout the United States. In more recent years, our technical assistance, leadership development and special initiatives have been focused in California, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New York.

ruling year

1971

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Ms. Chandra Anderson

Keywords

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Black Philanthropy, African-American community

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EIN

13-3363860

 Number

2411727282

Also Known As

21CF

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Foundations (T30)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Leadership Development (W70)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

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Overview

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The past year was a period of important milestones for 21CF, including opportunities for self-assessment that set the stage for rethinking and refueling our ability to grow community capacity, peer learning, leadership development, and opportunities to build relationships among CBOs and between place-based coalitions, and to redefine our multiple integrated strategies, including: funding, evaluation, and skills technical assistance. Thereby deepening our own capacity and unique role as a resource  to funders, partners and stakeholders that are working to rectify school-to-prison pipeline policies, housing gentrification, unemployment, and unequal access to health care.

Programs

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Program 1

Black Men and Boys Initiative

Launched in 2004, 21CF’s BMB Initiative works to advance a broad national agenda to break the cycle of disempowerment confronting America’s Black males in five interconnected areas – education, employment, criminal justice, fatherhood support, and health – by expanding leadership within the Black community itself and facilitating cooperation among activists, supporters, and allies. We address these goals through: 1) to community-based organizations in six target cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Oakland, Los Angeles, New Orleans and New York; 2) Additional that are working to bring greater visibility to community needs, best practices, and the creation of powerful tools to influence decision-makers and the general public; and 3) a national coalition and information clearinghouse that brings together local, regional, and national leaders, practitioners, and allies around a broad-based agenda to improve BMB-related policy and practice.
These activities are based on a comprehensive Logic Model that was developed for 21CF’s Black Men and Boy’s Initiative.  The activities all share an emphasis on: moving beyond discussion of problems to positive, focused action, shifting from reaction to pro-action in shaping programs and advocacy initiatives, nurturing a diverse cadre of leaders committed to helping potential future leaders claim and grow their own skill and power, pursuing strategies that look beyond short-term victories toward the development of power over time to effect sustainable solutions to the fundamental issues underlying immediate crises, and exploiting the opportunities presented by new technologies to spread knowledge and mobilize communities around critical causes.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Budget

$1,760,727.00

Program 2

Gulf Coast Organizing, Advocacy and Leadership Initiative [GOAL]

The mission of the Gulf Coast Organizing, Advocacy, and Leadership Initiative (GOAL) is to provide targeted support to rebuild the lives of displaced Black people directly impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In the aftermath of the storms, the GOAL Initiative, formerly the Hurricane Katrina Recovery Fund, responded within days and began making general support grants to Black-led organizations engaged in community organizing, public policy advocacy, and leadership development around issues of education, health and reproductive justice, community-based economic development, and housing.
GOAL’s strategy encompasses three core elements: (1) strategic grant making; (2) capacity-building toward greater organizational sustainability; and (3) the Gulf Coast Fellowship for Community Transformation. While many challenges remain, 21CF’s support to grassroots community organizations through GOAL has led to significant policy victories that have impacted the daily lives of countless Black and low-income residents throughout the Gulf Coast. 21CF has also committed itself to continued resource investment in organizational capacity to build proactive leadership and advocacy strategies.

Category

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking

Population(s) Served

Blacks

Budget

$920,839.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Since inception, 21CF has been a constant advocate and thoughtful voice that identifies and provides catalytic support for the civil rights, economic empowerment, and grassroots leadership needs within African-American communities throughout the United States. In more recent years, our technical assistance, leadership development and special initiatives have been focused in California, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New York.

Funding Needs

Funding Needs for 21CF are focused in the following areas: 1.      A gift to the General Fund strengthens 21CF as an institution, and ensures a permanent, renewable resource for the Black community. 2.      The GOAL Initiative seeks support to lead policy campaigns that aim to re-direct funding to education, improved coordination between public officials and school boards, and increased knowledge, engagement and skill level in education organizing. 3.      The 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys seeks support to advance a broad national agenda, coalition and information clearinghouse that brings together local, regional and national leaders and allies to improve policies and practices that aim to break the cycle of disempowerment confronting America’s Black males in five interconnected areas – education, employment, criminal justice, fatherhood support, and health.   For more information contact Seitu Jemel Hart, Interim DoD, at shart@21cf.org(mailto:shart@21cf.org) or 646-214-1245.

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

Affiliations + Memberships

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TWENTY FIRST CENTURY FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Twenty First Century Foundation

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Chandra Anderson

BIO

Chandra Y. Anderson, President of Anderson Consults has raised approximately $1 billion dollars during 20 years of fundraising. Anderson Consults is a fundraising firm for non-profit organizations. Anderson Consults specializes in developing strategies, helping implement those strategies that secure necessary resources to carry out the next phase of the organization’s mission. Chandra Y, Anderson, has held the chief fundraising positions as Senior Vice President of the National Urban League, The United Way of New York City and the Apollo Theater Foundation. Career highlights include the $550 Million September 11th Fund, $65 Million Capital Campaign to restore the World Famous Apollo Theater and a $250 Million Campaign in support of the Urban League’s Centennial. She is best known for developing strong fundraising strategies that achieve goals, garnering board support, building strong donor relationships, and developing systems that support fundraising operations.
 
Prior to joining the National Urban League, Ms. Anderson was the Senior Vice President of Resource Development for Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc. where she was responsible for the oversight of the $65 million capital campaign and instituting the Apollo’s first annual campaign since the organization became a not-for-profit in 1991. Prior to working for the Apollo, Anderson was the SVP of Development for the United Way of New York City.  During her tenure, the United Way of New York City achieved double-digit growth in the local campaign for the first time in history for two consecutive years.
 
Ms. Anderson is a graduate of the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, the Fund Raising School and the University of North Texas.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"It’s been Twenty-First Century Foundation’s honor to be in partnership with community organizers, innovators, and donors—both individual and institutional—as co-creators forging a unique model of supporting community building for social impact.  Our strategy of investing in community capacity has been sustained by individuals, foundations and donor networks providing critical resources and counsel.  This combination of resources has helped to shape Twenty-First Century Foundation as a unique social justice philanthropy.  Through the Foundation’s programmatic relationships we have learned, and supported learning by the Foundation’s grantees, how to create a social change agenda shaped by Black communities themselves.  For instance, our response to the Gulf storms was driven by a strategy to invest in the people and community infrastructure of the region.  The long-term commitment we have made to the Gulf focuses on building community resilience and assets—on supporting the long-term conditions for equity and voice.
 In our Black Men and Boys Initiative, we deployed multiple strategies to raise the visibility of the challenges and solutions to challenges facing young Black men.  Our programmatic efforts include grant making to local coalitions in six cities, commissioning research, convening national leadership organizations and media/communications.  In addition, the Foundation was the executive producer of Bring Your “A” Game and Fair Game?, enlisting more than two dozen celebrities and influentials as spokespeople on a call to action to create opportunities for young Black men.   Televised nationally, the films have also been screened at numerous community events and town halls, reaching more than a million people. 
By the numbers, between 2006 – 2009, we supported 379 organizations, and raised and gave away nearly seven million dollars. 
I invite you to join us in this vital work of advancing the next stage of 21st century Black philanthropy."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alfonso Wyatt

Fund for the City of New York

Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2010

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