#InvestBLK was founded by Dennis Maurice Dumpson in January 2020 just before our collective worlds changed due to the pandemics of COVID-19 and racism. Dennis leverages his 15 years of experience working on behalf of Black and marginalized communities, nationally, as a fundraiser, strategist, and consultant to improve the cultural competence and racial equity living in organizational cultures, policies, practices, and narratives.

#InvestBLK creates impact through two core areas: 

#InvestBLK is dedicated to seeing a world beyond capitalism and uses it's annual profits to invest in the lives of Black people and communities marginalized within and by society to support their ideas and/or visions for movements, programs, projects, and organizations with a special interest in community inspired initiatives. We offer modest funding (between $500 - $2500) and technical assistance.

#InvestBLK consults with leaders, nonprofits, government, and small businesses to develop strategic plans to vitiate anti-Blackness, othering, racism, and cultures of inequities in their business. Our consultancy is currently leading DEIA for national/citywide events, nonprofit organizations, cultural institutions, and universities.

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Our consultancy supports organizations in the following ways:

Culturally Competent Strategic Planning: #InvestBLK provides a proven, effective strategic planning process that leans into race, culture, and community to build strategies that grow organizations and leaders.
Facilitations, Workshops, and Coaching: #InvestBLK is adept at facilitating conversations with internal, external, and tangential community members and we offer customized workshops and intimate, action-oriented leadership team discussions and coaching.
Audits, Assessments, and Analysis: Our team conducts audits of Racial Equity and Cultural Competence that touch all fibers of a business, including internal culture and policies, external narratives, fundraising, programming, research, and board relationships.

#InvestBLK’s clients can be assured that a portion of their fee to this business will be redistributed to a people, movements, organizers, or organizations that support Black people and historically marginalized communities. 

The Team

Dennis Maurice Dumpson

Founder & Principal Consultant

Dennis Maurice Dumpson is an author, thought leader, strategic consultant, and racial equity practitioner. He is Founder and Principal Consultant of #InvestBLK, a boutique racial equity & strategic planning consulting firm specializing in strategy development, training, and coaching for nonprofits and leaders. Prior to #InvestBLK, Dennis served as a Diversity Teaching Fellow & Lecturer with Community College of Philadelphia.

Previously, he served as the first Director of Community Engagement & Outreach at the Philadelphia International Airport; Managing Director of Development & External Impact at KIPP Philadelphia Schools; and Vice President of Development at Opportunity Finance Network. Currently, Dennis’ client list (past and current) includes Philadelphia250, Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, La Salle University, Lincoln University, Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, CORA Services, KIPP Philadelphia Schools and others.

As a thought leader, Dennis has been consulted and published widely on the topics of racial equity, justice, and anti-Blackness, including articles in the Washington Post, Socialist Worker, CBS Money as well as his books: What My Colored Eyes See (2009) and Black Washed: A Collection of Essays, Poems, Dreams, and Letters Addressed to Black Folk (2021). He will soon release his forthcoming book, Other Side of Soil: Our Journey through Mud and Magic (Very Black Books, 2022). Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, YMCA — Columbia North, and Arch Street Preschool.

Dennis holds a BA in Philosophy (concentration in English Literature) from the nation’s first degree granting HBCU, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, and earned an MBA in Global Finance with fellowship & residency in Santiago, Chile and São Paulo, Brazil from Saint Joseph’s University. He is currently a Ph.D. student studying Social Justice Education at the University of San Diego.

Gaby España (they/them)

Client Success Consultant

Gaby España (they/them) is motivated by justice, healing, and joy. They do what they do because they believe learning and loving are one and the same. As an educator, strategist, and writer, Gaby leads projects and teams dedicated to equity, impact, accountability, and community building.

For instance, Gaby introduced accessibility standards in the parent communication strategy at a nonprofit college access program in Chicagoland. Their training used a Plain Language Framework to center the literacy needs of over 3000 low-income, multilingual families. Currently, Gaby leads the development of anti-racism research guidelines for a developmental psychology lab at Northwestern University.

They center Black and brown, LGBTQIA2S, and youth communities in the work they do. That means their anti-oppression is fiercely Pro-Black. Their equity, inclusion, and justice frameworks are Queer AF. And their vision for a better world holds young people as sacred leaders.

Gaby has a B.A. in Education and Sociology from Smith College. But their love of learning started before and continued beyond earning a formal degree. Gaby is their fullest self while with their chosen family, enjoying live music, traveling, or sharing a meal they’ve cooked.