Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy


Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (BABIP), was a regional, nonprofit organization whose mission was to advance the interests of African Americans in philanthropy and address the impact of racial disparity within philanthropic institutions and African American communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bringing together foundation professionals – trustees, program officers, administrative and technical staff – with corporate , governmental, and association representatives, BABIP members have been a strong leadership core within the sector, and individually and collectively, add a needed black perspective to philanthropic discourse and debate.

In short, BABIP represents black people, communities, and issues in the philanthropic sector.  We serve as a bridge between our three constituent groups: black professionals in philanthropy, black individual and family donors, and black community-serving nonprofits.

Committed to expanding the voice and influence of African Americans in philanthropy, BABIP’s primary objectives:

  1. Increase the number and effectiveness of Blacks in the philanthropic sector;

  2. Promote greater understanding and investment in the complex issues facing Black communities; and

  3. Ensuring that systems and institutions in black communities have the capacity to be effective change agents in the neighborhoods they serve.

Organized in 1993, at a time when there were fewer than 25 Black professionals in mid or senior level positions within the regional philanthropic community, BABIP believes that philanthropy is at its best when its governance, management, programs, distributions and discussions are reflective of the racial and cultural diversity endemic to the Bay Area. We believe that it is our duty to work singularly and collectively to ensure that philanthropy attains and sustains inclusiveness, transparency and accountability in all aspects of its work.

BABIP is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives, a national leader in rigorous, high-quality fiscal management of nonprofit sector initiatives.


Organization changes are imminent