ABOUTTHE 100

OUR HISTORY

The overall concept of The 100 began in 1963 in New York City when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community.  These visionaries included businessmen and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate Andrew Hatcher, and Jackie Robinson.  Since inception, the vision has materialized to be shared by more than 10,000 members reaching over 125,000 underserved, underepresented minority youth annually.  Our motto, “What They See Is What They’ll Be,” very succinctly expresses how our programmatic services rendered to disadvantaged, disenfranchised and low-income youth and families positively changes their life trajectory.

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  • Jan 17, 2017

    2012-Present - "Double-Down Dossman"

    Chairman Dossman moved the organization towards accelerating the mission, goals and strategic plan established under the Mentoring The 100 Way® Across a Lifetime platform by promoting sustained mentorship over multiple stages of life. He also expanded the organization’s focus on efforts to address social justice reform and the economic, educational, and health disparities negatively impacting our youth and communities. Key initiatives under his leadership include formation of the Emerging 100®, a young professionals affiliate to 100 Black Men Chapters that support and help expand the programmatic initiatives and positive impact delivered to the community. He also has forged and strengthened partnerships with major donors and corporations, as depicted later in this annual report, to ensure long- term viability and financial sustainability of the national organization and all of its Chapter network for years to come.

    • Established new evidence-based governance structure
    • Led the first High-Performing Schools Summit for African Americans to advocate for education transformation efforts to improve academic outcomes for students of color
    • Led the private and corporate foundation fundraising efforts to support Phase 1 implementation of Project SOAR, which yielded more than $3.5 million in donor investments
    • Spearheaded 30 for 30 Campaign to build endowment for long-term sustainability
    • Established a Criminal Justice Reform Task Force and network-wide advocacy efforts to combat violence and address the over-criminalization and police -involved killings of African Americans across the U.S.
    • Stabilized the 100 Black Men Chapter network by gaining fuding for chapter sustainability sub-grants and revoking the charters of inactive affiliates
    • Received numerous local, regional and national awards on behalf of the organization for mentoring leadership and impact

     

    "2016 launched a year of celebration honoring The 100’s 30 years of positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth and adults through the successful outcomes achieved in mentoring, education, economic empowerment, and health & wellness. The National 2016 elections revealed how much more work there is yet to be done in reaching the inclusive society we aspire to become.

    The election shows how deeply divided our nation remains. Healing the wounds of divisiveness is imperative. The United States is One nation and we must not allow racism, bigotry, sexism, and exclusion to rip us apart. The 100 must lead the way in bridging these divides. It is up to each of us to make that happen.

    We each must remember that The 100’s values are about giving and receiving respect, honoring the dignity and worth of each person and advocating on behalf of our youth to ensure they are provided the opportunities and protections this country offers all its citizens, whatever their background or identity. WE ARE ONE! ONE MISSION, ONE CAUSE, ONE NETWORK!"

    Chairman CURLEY M. DOSSMAN, JR.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    September 23, 2005: Honored by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

    100 Black Men of America, Inc. honored by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) for supporting and promoting FDIC’s Financial Education and Money Smart Program.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    2004 - Former Miami Mayor David Dermer proclaimed June 9 as 100 Black Men of America Day

  • Jan 17, 2017

    2004-2012 - "Dotson Difference"

    During his Chairmanship, Al Dotson worked closely with chapters and elected national leaders to scale the organization’s mentoring efforts, create collaborations with other community-minded nonprofits, and expand The 100’s educational focus by creating advocacy initiatives that support the increase of high-performing schools that produce students ready for college and/or careers.

    • Launched the Leadership Development Institute (LDI)
    • Created the Community Empowerment Project (CEP)
    • Established Mentoring The 100 Way® Across a Lifetime
    • Launched the National Cares Mentoring Movement
    • Participated in President Obama’s White House Summit on Fatherhood and Mentoring
    • Initiated the organization’s Strategic Plan
    • Launched education initiative, Project SOAR (Student Opportunities, Access and Readiness)

     

    "True leadership within The 100 recognizes the importance of accountability to our stakeholders, whether those stakeholders are the community, corporate partners, our youth, or our members."

    Chairman Emeritus ALBERT E. DOTSON, JR., ESQ.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    August 20, 2003: Saluted by Volvo Cars of North America

    100 Black Men of America, Inc. Saluted by Volvo Cars of North America for contributions to minority entrepreneurs.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    October 31, 2000 - Points of Light Foundation certification as a Connect America National Partner,

    100 Black Men of America, Inc.'s Points of Light Foundation certification as a Connect America National Partner, working to more effectively engage people in community service to help solve serious social problems.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    2000 - Recognition from the United States Department of Commerce

    100 Black Men of America, Inc. receives recognition from the United States Department of Commerce for work during the 2000 U.S. Census.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    November 15, 1997 - Community Conscience Award

    100 Black Men of America, Inc. receives the Community Conscience Award for Dollars & $ense Financial Literacy and Investment Program.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    October 1995 - Eureka Communities Award

    100 Black Men of America, Inc. receives the Eureka Communities Award for exemplary service to children and families.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    April 27, 1995 - U.S. President’s Service Award

    100 Black Men of America, Inc. receives the U.S. President’s Service Award.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    1994-2004 - "Dortch Dividend

    Under the leadership of Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., 100 Black Men of America, Inc. expanded internationally to incorporate other parts of the African diaspora, England, Caribbean, and the West Indies. He also drew on his business knowledge, entrepreneurial experience, and fundraising expertise to expand youth programming and support for Chapters across the network.

    • Established Four For The FutureTM programmatic pillars of Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Empowerment
    • Elevated the title of the national leader from President to Chairman of the Board
    • Led international expansion in 1997, growing the organization to 103 Chapters, with presence in Africa England, and the West Indies
    • Purchased the office building on Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlant4a, establishing Atlanta as the organization’s Headquarters in 1997
    • Collegiate 100® auxiliary program formed to focus the next generation on mentoring

    "Our Nation finds itself at the crossroads of prosperity challenges. In light of the recent National elections many are questioning whether we will continue to be a Nation that will embrace its diversity or reject it. Now is the time for the men of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. to step up and provide the voices of reason and take the appropriate actions to insulate our youth from the negative attitudes, racism, sexism, bigotry and voices of hopelessness. We must stand as a beacon of hope and men of action for the future of this great nation we call home."

    Chairman Emeritus THOMAS W. DORTCH, JR.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    1993 - Atlanta Braves Organization Appreciation Award

    100 Black Men of America, Inc. receives the Atlanta Braves Organization Appreciation Award for outstanding contributions in the development and growth of youth.

  • Jan 17, 2017

    1989-1994 - “Goldston Gain”

    Under Nate Goldston’s leadership as the second national President of the Board of Directors, the organization quadrupled in size, enhanced its organizational infrastructure and expanded its culturally sensitive mentoring programs and other support and services to help empower youth for successful futures.

    • Became The 100’s second national President in 1989
    • Grew organization to 43 Chapters
    • Oversaw establishment of The 100 as a nonprofit organization
    • Acquired first national office and executive director
    • Secured federal trademark and copyright protection for the mottos, “What They See Is What They’ll Be®”and “Real Men Giving Real Time®”


    “It is and has been very important to me that we help educate our young people and guide them to a fruitful life."

    President Emeritus NATHANIEL R. GOLDSTON III

  • Jan 17, 2017

    1963-1989 - "Hayling Harvest"

    Dr. William H. Hayling crafted the framework and assembled the brainpower that led to the founding of the first chapter of “The 100” in New York. He went on to establish and lead two other chapters and was influential in the founding of several others during The 100’s early years. He was elected to serve as the first national leader of the organization as President upon its incorporation in 1986. His legacy lives on and his impact is felt across The 100’s Chapter network to this day.

    • Advocated for change in conditions that adversely impacted Blacks
    • Oversaw the incorporation of the organization in 1986
    • Instrumental in establishing Chapters in New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, and the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area
    • Led the first national conference in Atlanta in 1987


    Responding to the ongoing police beating of African Americans by New York police officers in the early 1960s

    "We wanted to create programs that would improve the quality of life for Black people and identify resources to develop youth initiatives. So we began to address social, political and educational injustices in New York, especially in Harlem. We called ourselves “The 100.”

    President Emeritus DR. WILLIAM H. HAYLING

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