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Jamesha Shackerford Selected for ABFE’s 2022 Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program

Jamesha Shackerford, CCCF program officer, has been selected as a fellow in ABFE’s: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities 2022 class of its Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program (CLFP).  The CLFP is a year-long experience designed to sharpen the skills and strengthen the leadership capacity of foundation staff, donors and trustees who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy.

Currently, only 5% of racial equity funding in the U.S. is specifically focused on movement-building and grassroots organizing, indicating an urgent need to increase funding for activists and groups that are advancing sweeping change.  As the Black community struggles to manage these overlapping pandemics, philanthropy has a critical role to play.

“Being accepted into ABFE’s Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program has been a dream of mine for many years,” says Jamesha. “I’m excited to sharpen my skills and to learn and grow with a dynamic group of philanthropic leaders who are committed to assisting Black communities through philanthropy.”

CLFP Fellows will learn from seasoned Grantmakers and peers on a regular basis, understand how to be more effective agents for change within their institutions and participate in a network that focuses on innovative solutions to community challenges.

Fellows were chosen based upon a set of criteria covering their experience in philanthropy, their future goals, as well as their interest and passion for making systemic change in Black communities.

“Jamesha began her career at Central Carolina Community Foundation as an intern during her senior year at Columbia College. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow professionally over the past seven years,” says JoAnn Turnquist, president & CEO of CCCF. “Jamesha’s work, particularly with our Foundation’s African American Philanthropy Committee and leading our Connected Communities and General Operating Support grant programs, has positively impacted our region and prepared her to excel in ABFE’s Connecting Leaders Fellowship Program.”

The 12 members of the 2022 class join 159 other ABFE Fellows since the program’s inception in 2005. CLFP fellows work in diverse fields across various nonprofits and foundations.

“Our sector struggles to retain diverse talent. Each year we bring together a cohort of Black professionals, and over the course of a year, we support their professional development, said Susan Taylor Batten, ABFE’s president and CEO. “It is our hope that Jamesha will feel empowered to move forward in philanthropy ─ supported by ABFE and the extensive network of mentors and colleagues in implementing innovative solutions to community challenges.”

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