The Black Equity & Excellence Advisory Council is charged with reviewing grant proposals and making funding recommendations as well as identifying gaps and opportunities to create a more equitable and economically inclusive Central New York for the Black community.

Me’Shae Brooks-Rolling, CEPF®, M.P.A.

Executive Director, Upstate Minority Economic Alliance and Serial Entrepreneur
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JALYN CLIFFORD

Director of Human Resources, Syracuse Housing Authority

Cal Corriders

Manager of Neighborhood Economic Development, CenterState CEO
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BISHOP RONALD B. DEWBERRY

Senior Pastor and Founder, New Life Temple of Praise; CEO, Center of Hope International, Inc.

Lekia K. Hill

President & CEO of Lekia Tech LLC and Founder of Powerful Voices
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TANISHA JACKSON, PH.D.

Executive Director, Community Folk Art Center; Professor, Syracuse University College of Arts & Sciences
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LATOYA JONES

Regional Healthcare Organizer, Healthcare Education Project

NAQUIA (KIA) LACEY MSN, RN-BC

Clinical Training Specialist, Joslin Diabetes Center, SUNY Upstate Medical Center

MARK MUHAMMAD

Syracuse Representative, Nation of Islam; Citizen Diplomat, O.U.R. L.E.A.D.E.R.S.H.I.P. Collective

Black Equity & Excellence Stories

Blogs October 26, 2021

Reflections: Using Data to Improve Equity

Frank Ridzi, vice president, community investment, reflects on how nonprofits can measure how effectively their ...

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News Releases September 30, 2021

$248,000 in Grants Distributed to Black-Led Organizations to Support Black Business, Youth and Building Generational Wealth

The Community Foundation recently distributed a new round of grants from its Black Equity & ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | UrbanTSyr

The Black Equity & Excellence Fund allowed for optimization of UrbanTsyr online content with professionally ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

Through the generous support of the Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund we produced, ...

Stories August 25, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Dunbar Association

Knowing that initiatives such as the BE&E Fund believes in your vision helps wounds become ...

Stories August 13, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Tamika Otis

I want Central New York to look like a place that exemplifies an overwhelming love ...

Stories August 11, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Barry Wells

"Philanthropy can address many of the issues and problems hindering our march toward forming a ...

Stories August 9, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling

"Philanthropy is not just about giving out handouts (although that most certainly has its place); ...

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News Releases July 27, 2021

Policy Paper Released: The Social & Economic Impacts of Supporting Black-Led Organizations

A policy paper outlines our rationale for investing intentionally and publicly in the support and ...

Blogs October 26, 2021

Reflections: Using Data to Improve Equity

Frank Ridzi, vice president, community investment, reflects on how nonprofits can measure how effectively their ...

Group of individuals standing together
News Releases September 30, 2021

$248,000 in Grants Distributed to Black-Led Organizations to Support Black Business, Youth and Building Generational Wealth

The Community Foundation recently distributed a new round of grants from its Black Equity & ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | UrbanTSyr

The Black Equity & Excellence Fund allowed for optimization of UrbanTsyr online content with professionally ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

Through the generous support of the Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund we produced, ...

Stories August 25, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Dunbar Association

Knowing that initiatives such as the BE&E Fund believes in your vision helps wounds become ...

Stories August 13, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Tamika Otis

I want Central New York to look like a place that exemplifies an overwhelming love ...

Stories August 11, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Barry Wells

"Philanthropy can address many of the issues and problems hindering our march toward forming a ...

Stories August 9, 2021

Black Philanthropy Month | Me'Shae Brooks-Rolling

"Philanthropy is not just about giving out handouts (although that most certainly has its place); ...

Graphic image of faces for Black Equity & Excellence Fund
News Releases July 27, 2021

Policy Paper Released: The Social & Economic Impacts of Supporting Black-Led Organizations

A policy paper outlines our rationale for investing intentionally and publicly in the support and ...

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