Anthony J. Simmons, ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Anthony J. Simmons, ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities

Anthony Simmons serves as the Manager for the Racial Equity Grantmaking Program (REGP), commonly known as ABFE’s Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities (RPBC). The REGP focuses on the drivers of poor and disparate outcomes in Black communities—and other communities of color—and provides support and tools for leading community change efforts, particularly in places where there has been a long
history of racial inequity. Prior to joining ABFE, Anthony served as the Senior Adviser for the New York City Mayor’s Office Young Men’s Initiative (YMI), a public-private partnership created to address racialized disparities for the City’s youth of color in personal/community safety, economic security and mobility, education, and health and well-being. During his tenure at the YMI, he managed the YMI’s Equity Committee—a multi-agency advisory board with the mission toward reducing those disparities. The committee was established to promote cross-agency thinking and collaboration to increase awareness of racialized disparities and their root causes, as well as identify best practices to alleviate them. Anthony began his career in philanthropy at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where his work focused on developing and supporting equitable funding and policy strategies, which seek to close the racialized educational opportunity gap and the school-to-prison pipeline. Anthony is the former co-chair of New York Blacks in Philanthropy, a local membership based organization of Black professionals, particularly representing people of the African Diaspora, committed to strengthening networks, addressing collective
challenges and fostering opportunities within the philanthropic sector. A native New Yorker, Anthony attended Trinity and Brooklyn colleges. In his free time, he is an experienced deejay and music collector.

Workshop Block #4: Embedding Equity with an Indigenous Lens

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How does the philanthropic equity movement engage and include Indigenous Peoples and Native communities? This session will provide a landscape of philanthropic equity efforts. We will hear from three CHANGE Philanthropy Partner organizations and how they approach integrating an indigenous lens with their network and as part of philanthropic equity. We will explore the power […]

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