2018 Application Process

Importance of Chapters

The purpose of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (the 100) New 100 Chapter Application Packet is to familiarize Interest Groups with the rich history of the 100 and provide detailed information on the required protocols and procedures for preparing and submitting an application for New Chapter status.

Chapters are the core of the 100 Black Men of America. To positively impact communities all across the world we need local entities called 100 Chapters to identify and help meet the needs of youth and families. Developing new chapters and improving existing chapters is vital to the continued impact and success of our organization.


The overall concept of the 100 began in New York in 1963 when a group of concerned African American men began to meet to explore ways of improving conditions in their community. The group eventually adopted the name, “100 Black Men, Inc.” as a sign of solidarity. These men envisioned an organization that would implement programs designed to improve the quality of life for African Americans and other minorities. They also wished to ensure the future of their communities by aiming an intense number of resources toward youth development.

These members were successful black men from various walks of life. These visionaries were business and industry leaders such as David Dinkins, Robert Mangum, Dr. William Hayling, Nathaniel Goldston III, Livingston Wingate, Andrew Hatcher and Jackie Robinson. Dr. William Hayling, a member of the NY organization, had relocated to Newark, NJ and sought to replicate the 100’s impact in that area. In 1976 Dr. Hayling formed the 100 Black Men of New Jersey. A movement had been born. Men across the country began to form 100 Black Men organizations to leverage their collective talents and resources. Chapters were formed in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, Nassau/Suffolk, Alton and Sacramento.

On September 21, 1983, a three-hour meeting was held at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington, D.C., among representatives from the Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey and St. Louis chapters. This meeting was to evaluate the feasibility of establishing a National Organization for 100 Black Men. This meeting was held during the annual weekend meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus. Representatives of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, Nassau/Suffolk and Sacramento met for a second time in Las Vegas, May 11-13, 1984 at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. The men engaged in extensive discussions about the most effective structure to support the growth and governance of 100 Black Men chapters. The third meeting was held May 16-18, 1986 at the Flamingo Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. At this meeting it was agreed that the best model for a newly-formed national organization was a federation governance model. This model leveraged human and financial resources, and supported chapter growth while preserving chapter autonomy. It was also voted that a National Steering Committee would include the Presidents of each chapter, along with two members from each chapter. A final meeting was held on October 2, 1986 at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington. Chapters represented were: Los Angeles, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Atlanta and New Jersey. The chapters decided that the name of organization would be: “100 Black Men of America, Inc.”.

The following individuals were elected as officers: Dr. William Hayling (Los Angeles) President and Chairman Moses Gray (Indianapolis) Secretary Oliver Lofton, Esq. (New Jersey) Vice-President Jesse C. Swanigan (St. Louis) Treasurer. On May 27, 1987, in Atlanta, Georgia, this newly formed organization introduced itself to the nation during its first national conference. Noted speakers included the late Alex P. Haley and the late Honorable Maynard H. Jackson. In 1990, Nathaniel Goldston became the organization’s second National President and Chairman and grew the organization to 43 chapters.

Thomas W. Dortch Jr. was elected the third National President and Chairman in 1994. That year he spearheaded an aggressive plan entitled “Four For The Future”. Since that time, the organization has strategically channeled its resources toward programs that support these important areas: Mentoring, Education, Health & Wellness, and Economic Development. The 100 has identified these areas as being critical to the future of African Americans.

In 1997 Chairman Dortch expanded the organization internationally with the chartering of the Birmingham, England chapter. Additional international chapters followed; Nassau Bahamas, Goree Island, Senegal, Kingston, Jamaica, U.S. Virgin Islands, and London, England chapters. It was also in 1997 that the organization purchased its World Headquarters building on historing Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2004, Albert E. Dotson Jr., Esq. was elected the fourth Chairman of the Board. He has focused the organization on Leadership Development in all of the Four For The Future areas. Today the organization has grown to more than 100 chapters with more than 10,000 members who continue to strive to improve the quality of life in our communities and enhance the educational and economic opportunities for African American.

100 Black Men of America, Inc. has impacted the lives of over 100,000 youth who participate annually in its mentoring and youth development programs. With a mission to improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for African Americans, members of the 100 continue to serve as a strong force in the world by overcoming the cultural and financial obstacles that have limited the achievements of some African Americans, particularly young African American males. Members of the 100 have made outstanding progress excelling as corporate leaders, community leaders and as independent business owners.


Starting new chapters is important to us, but the primary focus of starting a new chaper is creating a healthy new chapter that had the tools to flourish and achieve long term sustainability. We don’t have issue charters just to proclaim that we have “X” number of chapter worldwide. We issue charters to Interest Groups that have thoroughly exemplified they understand the needs of their communities, have a viable plan and are ready to execute it.

To successfully sustain a chapter we must be continually improving programs, policies and procesures to ensure we are impacting and growing our targeted audiences. The mantra of the 100 Black Men of America is Mentoring Across A Lifetime. In other words, once a charter is given to a chapter, there is a lifetime commitment to improving their community.


The Process has been designed with sustainability in mind. We take the time to review the application, meet the membership and ensure that the focus of the group is on effective mentoring programs, not social events or other disctractions.

1. Identify needs in your community around which you can rally the men of your community to commit time, talent and resources to address these needs within the 100’s core competencies and consisten with the mission.

2. Recruit a minimum of twenty-five (25) committed men and host a meeting to introduce them to the 100 Black Men of America, its mission, vision, values & focus.

3. The leader / convener of the proposed Interest Group should contact the 100 World Headquarters to express their interest in starting a chapter. A World Headquarters formally explains the process of starting and sustaining a chapter, briefly discusses some imporant facts about the organization and check to make sure the Interest Group city is not within 50 miles of a currently chartered chapter. The 100 wants to make sure that youth are served. We want that done in a manner that does not confuse the marketplace – partners, sponsors, parents, youth and the community.

If an interest group is within 50 miles of a chartered chapter, the current chapter is contacted and alerted of the Interest Group’s desire to start a new chapter. If current chapter is given two weeks to submit in writing their decision on the Interest Group’s request to start a new chapter. If the chartered chapter agrees that the Interest Group can start another chapter, the process will continue. If the chartered chapter disagrees with teh Interest Group starting another chapter, the request will be forwarded to the 100 Black Men of America Executive Committee for their review and recommendation.

4. The Interest Group is required to have a minimum of 25 members at the time its application is considered for approval. The World Headquarters will request the Interest Group to submit the roster of the proposed membership to continue the process. The roster is requested to validate that the proposed Interest Group has the minimum number of men required or more to start a new chapter.

When the roster is received, the World Headquarters representative will confirm the required roster and send the Interest Group an official application packet. The Interest Group will be assisted throughout the application process by the World Headquarters and Chapter Development Committee representatives. Also flourishing, compliant chartered hapters in the area nearest the Interest Group are requested to mentor the interest group and help them prepare to become a chapter. This process may include inviting the Interest Group to attend chapter meetings, volunteer within the mentoring chapter and the sharing of key information that can help the Interest Group further develop. This experience also provides the Interest Group with information on chapter protocol, chapter governance and “hands-on” operation in accordance with our national by laws.

It should be noted that the Interest Group by-laws, incorporation and 501(c)(3) designation must be handled by an appropriate local attorney based on applicable state laws. However, the Interest Group cannot use the name or brand of the 100 until after a charter has been received by the Interest Group, without prior approval.

5. The application must be completed and submitted with a $200 non-refundable application fee within 60 days of it being received by the Interest Group. The Chapter Development Committee will review the application and recommend any changes or request additional information within 60 days.

6. If the application is approved by the Chapter Development Committee, the committee will schedule the first of two in person visits to the Interest Group within 30 days. The Chapter Development Committee may be accompanied by representatives of the Evaluation Committee or Mentoring Committee and/or a Member at Large.

This visit will be the first official Interest Group interview and will include the full Interest Group membership. A check list (see Attachment 1) will be completed in an effort to ascertain the status of the Interest Group. This interview will be conducted by representatives from the Chapter Development Committee and the appropriate Member at Large.

7. After the interview, the 100 representatives will provide verbal feedback and recommendations to the Intrest Group followed by a written assessment within 10 days. A completion time will be identified based on the complexity of the recommendations (typically up to 30 days).

8. Visit two will be conducted within 60 days to review progress since the first visit and the Interest Group may receive mentoring training and / or other available training during this meeting. If the Interest Group has completed the necessary modifications and the expected progress has been made, the Interest Group leadership is invited to the 100 conference for the final interview prior to receiving a chapter charter.

9. After completion of the final interview, the Chapter Development Committee present their recommendation to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. If the Board of Directors provides the onsite approval of Chapters to be Chartered, the newly inducted chapters are presented to the conference attendees.

10. If you are invited for the final interview, you must bring a cashier’s check for a minimum of $4,250 (based on 25 members) to pay the following fees:

A. $1,000 one-time charter fee
B. Prorated dues and assessments for the year within the chapter is inducted (*1,375 from July through Dec.)
C. Dues and assessments for the subsequent full calendar year (*$1,875 based on 25 members)

The new chapter would not be billed again for 18 months (for the then upcoming calendar year).

*It should be noted that there is a $35 per member assessment and if there are more than 25 members the total fees will increase accordingly.

Interest Group Timeline of Action

(Example of Current Year: July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012)

August 1

Application is sent to interest group of completion. Interest Group is give 60 days to complete and submit application back to World Headquarters to be considered for chapter approval during the current year.

October 1

Application is submitted. Review process by Chapter Development Committee begins.

October 1-30

Chapter Development Committee reviews application.


Visit 1 of 2 from Chapter Development Committee conducted. Mentoring Chapter beings mentoring Interest Group.


Visit 1 of 2 from Chapter Development Committee conducted. Mentoring Chapter beings mentoring Interest Group.


Interest Group should continue developing their programs.


Interest Group invited to Annual Conference.


Interest Group should begin developing relationships with companies.


Interest Group should continue recruiting prospective members.


Final interview conducted at Annual Conference.

Interest Group Visit Checklist

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • 1. Meeting with interest group officers
    • Purpose of the visit
    • Review checklist
    • Answer questions
  • 2. Meeting with interest group members
    • Purpose of the visit
    • Review checklist
    • Answer questions
  • 3. Explain the intake process
  • 4. Explain that there is a chapter evaluation process
  • 5. Important of a strategic plan
  • 6. Important of Four for the Future
  • 7. Review application
  • 8. Fees due prior to granting of charter
    • Charter fee
    • Annual chapter fee
    • Member dues
  • 9. Election if charter is granted
  • 10. Important of having by-laws reviewed by a local attorney
  • 11. Expectations and liability
  • 12. Screening and background checks
  • 13. Ascertain incorporation status
  • 14. Attaining not for profit status
  • 15. Review target problems, objectives and plans to address
  • 16. Review current programs or collaborations if any
  • 17. Ascertain interest group size and involvement
  • 18. Gauge community involvement and support
  • 19. Other
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY