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How corporate America is prioritizing DEI investments

Companies pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to Black businesses and antiracism efforts in the wake of the George Floyd protests. But several years later, some corporate DEI programs have already been dismantled. Here’s a look at how some companies are holding to that commitment (featuring NCF Founder and Board Member Quincy Miller) Watch full […]

NCF Featured in Boston Magazine’s 150 Most Influential Bostonians

We’re honored to have so many members of the New Commonwealth Fund’s leadership team included in Boston Magazine’s 2024 Most Influential Bostonians list. Congratulations to: -Our President, Makeeba McCreary-Our Board Chair, Damian Wilmot-Our Founders, Quincy Miller, Pamela Everhart, and Corey Thomas-Our Advisors, Michael Curry, Esq., Darryl Settles, and Pratt Wiley-Our Founding Ally, Colette Phillips We’re […]

Neighborhood Birth Center aims to tackle maternal health disparities

April 18, 2024 Black birthing individuals have two to three times the maternal mortality and morbidity risk as white individuals. Nashira Baril, founder of the Neighborhood Birth Center in Boston, knows of the disparities in maternal health all too well. “There is a crisis in maternal health, and it bears down inequitably to communities of […]

Op-Ed: Four Things Philanthropy Should Do Differently This Black History Month

Feb. 6, 2024 By Makeeba McCreary February is Black History Month, an annual celebration when we sharpen our focus on the achievements of Black people in the United States. Since its inception in the 1970s, Black History Month has also served as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Black people and the structural racism […]

How one expert believes we can do philanthropy right this season

Dec. 8, 2023 It’s the season of giving — and not just presents. The holidays are huge for charitable donations, and some experts believe there’s a better way to give than traditional philanthropy usually promotes. Makeeba McCreary, president of the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund and co-author of a WBUR Cognoscenti piece about equitable […]

The Legacy Pioneer Awards

Feb. 12, 2024 Black leaders in Boston and throughout Massachusetts were honored Monday at The Legacy Pioneer awards, which commend those who have broken down barriers, opened doors to economic opportunities, championed inclusivity and driven positive change across the city and state for minority owned and operated businesses. Legacy Pioneer honorees embody the evolving face […]

Op-Ed: Philanthropy doesn’t always get it right. Let’s re-think how we give.

Nov. 27, 2023 By Makeeba McCreary and Bob Giannino Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, when individuals around the world contribute to causes they believe in. Since its founding in 2012, it has grown into a global movement. In the United States alone, more than 20 million people collectively contributed over $3 billion to nonprofits in 2022 — more than […]

Op-Ed: A Blueprint For Tackling Inequity In Philanthropy

Sept. 18, 2023 In the summer of 2020, Americans across the country were united in outrage over the murder of George Floyd and prepared to confront systemic racism. Corporations pledged more than $200 billion in funding to racial equity initiatives. Politicians were suddenly unafraid to say “Black Lives Matter.” For a moment, it felt like real change […]

New Commonwealth Fund names four new directors

Aug. 7, 2023 The New Commonwealth Fund, an organization invested in Black and brown communities, has named four new directors from the worlds of healthcare, financial services and professional sports. The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, or NCF, says its new directors are: former New England Patriots captain Devin McCourty; healthcare executives […]

What this Juneteenth means for Black Bostonians

June 19, 2023 It’s Juneteenth 2023, and only the third year that Massachusetts has marked it as an official holiday. Juneteenth observes the date that news of the Emancipation Proclamation reached a group of enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, two and a half years after it was issued. In this special hour, we take stock […]

New Atrius Health Equity Foundation awards $1 million to local organizations

June 8, 2023 A recently created foundation has announced two large grants focused on closing health disparities in the state. The $1 million in funding will go to the Health Equity Compact and the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, two organizations led by industry leaders of color in Massachusetts that are working […]

Op-Ed: Three lessons for philanthropy in addressing systemic racism in health care

May 12, 2023 By Makeeba McCreary Racism is embedded deep within America’s public health infrastructure as it is in so many systems in our county. COVID-19 was an introduction to this fact for many white Americans. They saw—in some cases for the first time—how the inequities in our health systems are deadly for people of […]

Boston businessman following through on promises made after death of George Floyd

Feb. 2, 2023 BOSTON – Damian Wilmot is on a mission. Just two weeks after the death of George Floyd and during the height of the pandemic, he picked up the phone and called a handful of other Black and Brown executives around Massachusetts. Collectively, they launched the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice […]