From BGB :: CIN Set To Mark A Decade of Impact Through Giving Circles

CIN Conference Headshot Collage

Community Investment Network is approaching the start of its 10th anniversary conference in Durham, October 2-5. Leading participants in the three-day conference are shown above and listed below.

Read more at on BlackGivesBack.com: Community Investment Network Set To Mark A Decade of Impact Through Giving Circles. And then register to attend!

CIN Conference Feature Photo

From BGB :: Community Investment Network Names Valaida Fullwood Interim Executive Director

VF NYC Feb 2013Posted on BlackGivesBack.com today: Community Investment Network Names Valaida Fullwood Interim Executive Director.

“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” ― Shirley Chisholm

Grateful for this time on earth. Glad to be of service. Honored to carry CIN’s baton of social justice in a leg of an unending relay race once run by Darryl, Athan, Dionne and many others.

Well…here we go!

Rebuilding Our Communities, Inside Out

“The messages in your book and the work of the Community Investment Network are critical today. Local African American donors and others are replicating the early investments that our ancestors made in building the United States. 21st century technological innovations and the resulting economic shifts obligate us to rebuild our communities from the inside out. We must all invest in places where we live, work and worship—the places that we love.

“Thank you for reminding each of us that strong democratic communities require all to give time, talent and money. Our families, institutions and communities are depending on us.”

— Linetta J. Gilbert, co-leader of The Declaration Initiative and longstanding CIN supporter, in response to my recent interview on The Tavis Smiley Show about Black philanthropy and Giving Back.

Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer

Swept Up

Last week, as a guest blogger, I posted a written piece on Collective Influence, the Community Investment Network (CIN) blog. CIN is a national network of donors and giving circles and its mission is to inspire, connect and strengthen African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change they wish to see.

Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer

My giving circle New Generation of African American Philanthropists is a member of CIN, and my experiences within the Network were instrumental in the development of Giving Back. I’ve posted the CIN blog piece here for followers of my blog. It’s titled “A Confluence of Influence,” because that is precisely what has swept the Giving Back Project into a whirlpool of exciting possibilities.

A Confluence of Influence

“The nation’s premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors” — About the 43rd NAACP Image Awards

More on the awards program a little later…first, I’d like to say that you never know what life has up her sleeve. Until it’s revealed, the best we can do is to stay purposeful, pursue our passions and prepare for the twists and turns that come our way.

About a year into forming our giving circle, I approached the members of New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP-Charlotte) with the idea of publishing a book about Black philanthropy. [Click here to read the full story]