Grantmakers and Minority-Led Fraternal and Civic Organizations Explore Ways to Collaborate to Reverse Childhood Obesity Epidemic

Building partnerships between national civic organizations and philanthropy to improve the health of children and families

From July 2005 through December 2006 staff from Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families worked to build and strengthen partnerships between philanthropy and national minority-led fraternal and civic organizations in order to address critical health issues affecting African-American and Latino children and families—in particular opportunities for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic.

Key Results

  • Some 35 funders and nearly 40 minority-led national fraternal and civic organizations participated in four meetings to discuss opportunities for collaboration.
  • More than 10 African-American and Latino national organizations received intensive technical assistance on understanding the culture of institutional philanthropy and on integrating childhood obesity and other health topics into their member events.