The Exit Interview: Perceptions on Why Black Foundation Professionals Leave Grantmaking

Publication date: 
May, 2014

Over the last few years, ABFE and the Black Philanthropic Network—comprising eleven regional affinity groups whose focus is to support philanthropy in Black communities—have increasingly taken note of a disturbing pattern: an uptick in the number of Black philanthropic professionals leaving the sector.

In the fall of 2013, to answer some of these questions, ABFE partnered with members of the Black Philanthropic Network to develop this Exit Interview Study. This study represents a unique effort to learn more about why Black philanthropic professionals are leaving the field—as well as what their experiences suggest about how to both retain and support those who are currently working within the sector. Specifically, this study aims to inform the grantmaking field overall so that these institutions can: (1) track and better understand the experiences of Black professionals in grantmaking institutions to identify ways to recruit, retain, and maximize talent; and (2) use the data shared in this report to better structure programs and professional development opportunities to meet the needs of Black philanthropic professionals across the country.

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