Launched in 2008 as a three-year effort to build the field of black male achievement and improve life outcomes for African-American men and boys, CBMA became an ongoing program at OSF before being spun off as an independent nonprofit in 2015. A community of more than eighty-two hundred members and thirty-five hundred organizations nationwide, CBMA has helped strengthen the field of black male achievement by sharing resources, knowledge, and best practices with leaders and organizations across the country. Its initiatives have included Promise of Place, Health and Healing Strategies, Rumble Young Man, Rumble, the American Express Leadership Academy at CBMA, the Black Male Equity Initiative, the BMA Leaders-in-Residence program, and Black Male Re-Imagined. Launched in 2015, the Black Male Achievement City Index ranks fifty cities in twenty-nine states on their visible level of engagement with and committed actions on behalf of African-American men and boys.
"Like many nonprofits, navigating these unprecedented times, we have had to make some challenging decisions in order to adapt and overcome our rapidly shifting economy," wrote CBMA chief executive Shawn Dove in a letter. "Despite our best actions and efforts to reduce costs and increase profitability, CBMA is making the tough decision of responsibly sunsetting the organization."
The organization began that process with a reduction in staff that went into effect last Friday.
"The disparities amplified by the COVID-19 crisis and its disproportionate impact on black communities makes the work of the thousands of cross-sector leaders even more vital," wrote Dove. "In the coming weeks and months, we will celebrate the highlights and successes from the field over the past decade and continue elevating the important work happening for black men and boys in cities and communities across the country. We will also be engaging the appropriate partners to assume and continue with CBMA's programmatic assets."