New Approaches to Collaborative Funding: A Case Study of the Young Men’s Initiative

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 -
1:45pm to 5:00pm EST
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Avenue, 4th Floor, NYC
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A new model for social change will be investigated as those involved in The Young Men’s Initiative Action Plan share their varied experiences. The Initiative has been described as the nation’s boldest and most comprehensive effort to tackle the broad disparities slowing the advancement of black and Latino young men. This cross-agency enterprise is the culmination of 18 months of work begun when Mayor Bloomberg committed in his 2010 State of the City address to find new ways to tackle the crisis.

Over a dozen agencies helped to design this Initiative and will be responsible for its implementation. Funding includes $67.5 million from the City; $30 million from the Open Society Foundations; and $30 million from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Learn how these distinct agencies and foundations have come together to tackle complex and long-standing issues involving education, health, and social justice.


  • Methods employed to ensure accountability and oversight, including vital communication strategies
  • How policy initiatives were integrated into the process in order to yield tangible results
  • Preliminary lessons learned for replication


Part of Philanthropy New York's Current Events Series.


  • Shawn Dove, Manager of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, U.S. Programs, Open Society Foundations
  • Melanie Hartzog, Director, Young Men’s Initiative and Family Services Coordinator for the City of New York

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