California Black Freedom Fund

Strengthening Democracy and Building Black Futures!

Marc Philpart moderates a panel featuring James Herard, Tamisha Torres-Walker, Kavon Ward and James Woodson on their experiences organizing and building Black communities.

We closed out Black History Month with an inspiring funder reception on “Strengthening Democracy and Building Black Futures”, hosted in partnership with Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) and co-sponsored by ABFE Leverage the Trust: CA and the Black Funders Network. Held in Oakland at the Oakland Museum of California, it was an honor to bring together funders and community leaders to talk about how critical it is to build power to ensure our democracy is inclusive of and accountable to Black people. 

The California Black Freedom Fund (CBFF) is building a robust infrastructure and a rich ecosystem to accomplish this with 3 core networks and nearly 100 community partners. Together, we’ll be working to ensure the vision for a participatory multi-racial democracy becomes real.

Aimee Allison in conversation with Steve Phillips on advancing a multiracial democracy.

We heard from amazing thinkers and organizers including: 

We’re honored to have so many funders and partners join us for the event.

With your support, the California Black Freedom Fund is creating critical movement building infrastructure throughout our state. This was our second funder reception and we plan to do more this year so please stay tuned. 

Thank you to all who attended and participated at our event! If you’d like to learn more about future opportunities to partner with CBFF or pledge your support, please reach out to Marc at