Associated Black Charities Responds to Audit Finding

For Immediate Release
July 31, 2019
Contact: Jennifer Farmer, jenniferr@spotlightpr.org, 202-407-5773

Baltimore, MD – The Associated Black Charities today released a statement celebrating that the audit found that there was no improper political influence over the way the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund was distributed or managed. The organization disputes the single finding of the

audit that there was insufficient documentation of awards made as an exception to the selection process. ABC confirms that no grantee awards were made outside of the selection process. The organization further confirms that there was sufficient documentation for all grants awarded. The group’s statement is below:

“The City's audit confirms that the Baltimore Children and Youth Fund has been carefully managed by ABC and its team of professionals, with a vision for uplifting and supporting Baltimore City children, youth and young adults,” said Diane Bell-McKoy, president and CEO of Associated Black Charities. “From day one, ABC has partnered with professionals, volunteers, young people and concerned community members to ensure the process was responsive to and inclusive of the community. We are proud to have prioritized community involvement in every phase and aspect of this work as mandated by the Youth Fund Task Force.”

“Centering guidance from the Baltimore Children and Youth Task Force, we worked to present an alternative vision of philanthropy; one that shares power, includes the community, and operates with a racial equity lens,” said Dayvon Love, community engagement coordinator, Baltimore Children and Youth Fund. “We did something that is rarely done in philanthropic spaces, which is believe in the community enough to request their input on who should be funded, and then to fund local ventures that help children, youth and young adults.”

“In the strongest sense possible, we dispute the single audit finding that there was insufficient documentation outlining how certain grant decisions were made,” Bell-McKoy said. “All grants were made by the Community Reviewers pursuant to the clear guidelines put forth by the Task Force and outlined in the RFP. Further all funding decisions were fully documented. We had an intention of creating an equitable and inclusive process and we have worked hard to live up to that intention. We know that with an endeavor as big as this Youth Fund that required an equity lens, there will always be questions that lead to opportunities to learn and grow. Nevertheless, we stand on the work we have done and the resources that are being provided to the community.”

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ABC's 2019 Gala: A Message From CEO Diane Bell-McKoy

Investing in the Future

For almost 35 years, ABC has worked with passion and commitment to address the racial disparities that affect many African Americans and other people of color. We are determined to identify and remove race-based structural barriers and create new opportunities for African Americans to fully take part in the economy and build stronger lives.  

We envision an economy in Baltimore and throughout Maryland that provides equitable opportunities for all people to work, advance, and build financial security and generational wealth to benefit their families and communities.  To that end, we are very pleased to announce the completion of our 2018 strategic planning process and the refocus of our work on economic development.   

Over the course of this evening you will learn more about our efforts to influence city and state policies and local employer practices to foster equitable practices, systems and economic growth.  We will also share more information on how we educate, mobilize and empower workers to take action towards advancing economic equity in the workplace and accelerating positive outcomes, both for the individual and for broader systemic change.  We are aggressively pursuing change, proud of our work and excited about the future!

We hope that by the end of the program, you too will be inspired to Invest in the Future and commit to join ABC as a Supporter, Advocate, Investor, Community Leader or Champion for Change.

We are deeply grateful to all of you, our many partners, funders and supporters in the community, in local businesses, and policy makers across the region. You recognize and appreciate ABC as a voice of equity and driver of economic opportunity, and we thank you for standing with us!

 

Sincerely,

Diane Bell-McKoy

President and CEO

Associated Black Charities

Advancing Racial Equity in Workforce Development Grantees Announced

ABC, Workforce Matters and The Annie E. Casey Foundation are excited to announce the awardees of the “Advancing Racial Equity in Workforce Development” grant opportunity.  This was a competitive RFP process with 11 organizations submitting strong proposals.  In the end, the project team selected a total of seven organizations to support their efforts to integrate and apply a racial equity lens to their organizational, operational, and programmatic practices in addition to their policies and strategies in order to better address the race-based educational, economic, and employment disparities seen across the country.

 

Announcing the Awardees:

Advance CTE

Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW)

Jobs for the Future (JFF)

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity and Education (NAPE)

National Fund for Workforce Solutions (NFWS)

National Skills Coalition (NSC)

The Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) – The Aspen Institute

 

This project seeks to leverage the unique position of the organizations to make a broader impact on the field of workforce development. We hope that this support will better equip these national and regional organizations to influence and build the capacity of their local members and affiliates.  The grant year began on July 1, 2019 and end on June 30, 2020.   

 

If you have any questions or want to know more about this project, feel free to reach out to Clair Minson, Workforce Strategist at Associated Black Charities – cminson@abc-md.org

ABC Board Pipeline Alumna Named Chimes Foundation Board Chairwoman

Chimes Foundation Board of Directors
Elects Dr. Tracey L. Durant as Next Chairperson


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Baltimore, MD – Chimes Family of Services (Chimes), a nonprofit provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, supported employment opportunities and behavioral health services, recently announced that Dr. Tracey L. Durant has been elected as the new Chairperson of the Chimes Foundation Board of Directors.

Since 2012, Dr. Durant has served as a key member of the Chimes Foundation Board of Directors, accepting roles of increasing responsibility. Her term as Chairperson will officially begin on July 1, 2019.


Dr. Durant is the Director of Equity for Baltimore City Public Schools, where she is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and evaluating equity initiatives designed to close achievement gaps and increase academic rigor. Her previous professional experience includes serving as Specialist in the Department of Equity and Cultural Proficiency for Baltimore County Public Schools, Director of Professional Development for Maryland Nonprofits and Executive Director of 100 Access College Program.

In addition to lending her leadership skills and experience to Chimes, Dr. Durant is also Board Chair for Child First Authority, President of the Maryland Multicultural Coalition and President of the CollegeBound Foundation Alumni Association. She also serves as Treasurer & Mentoring Chair of PASS, Incorporated and as an Advisory Board Member for the Positive Schools Center.


Dr. Durant earned a Doctorate Degree in Education from Morgan State University, a Master of Science Degree from Coppin State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sojourner-Douglass College.

Dr. Durant was also one of the first participants in the Associated Black Charities (ABC) Board Pipeline Development Program in 2009. She credits this experience with helping to inspire the progression of her leadership skills and her ability to take on roles of increasing responsibility with the organizations she dedicates her time to in a board capacity.

Chimes is the largest nonprofit provider of community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder and other co-occurring disabilities. Chimes Foundation provides financial and other assistance that helps make these programs and services possible.

About Chimes

Chimes was founded in 1947 as a school for five children with moderate intellectual disabilities whose parents rejected the then prevailing wisdom that their children would never achieve meaningful or productive lives. From those modest beginnings, Chimes has grown into one of the industry’s largest providers of services and supports for people with barriers to independent living. Today, Chimes Family Services offers a wide range of programming, including day habilitation, residential, educational, vocational, employment, and behavioral health services and supports for nearly 20,000 individuals annually in six mid-Atlantic States and the District of Columbia. Chimes is also closely affiliated with Chimes Israel through Board representation, and assistance with program design and funding. Chimes distinguishes itself from other disability service providers through its unique emphasis on client centered, evidence-based program design.

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