2018 CIN Conference

Community Investment Network (CIN) is a national network of giving circles that invest in communities of color. CIN giving circles pool their personal time, talents and treasure to address social issues that impact their communities. In 2018, CIN will host its 13th Conference “Philanthropic Activism: Activate, Accelerate, Amplify,” on October 4-6, 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi. Our Conference is designed specifically for our national network of members, community organizers, change makers, philanthropic professionals, and funders.

CIN’s “Philanthropic Activism: Activate, Accelerate, Amplify” 2018 Conference takes place during a critical time that is necessary for us to refocus and rethink philanthropy as a collective with municipal leadership at the core, as necessitated by the emergence of radical and progressive millennial leaders in the Deep South. As Birmingham and Jackson are cohort cities that elected progressive leaders around the same time, CIN, along with other thought partners are entering a phase of activating, accelerating and amplifying philanthropy in support of emerging political and leadership missions that are ethical, just and transformative with intention to service people and place.

Our 2018 Conference will offer its members and supporters in the field of philanthropy an exciting lineup of professional development opportunities, technical assistance, educational workshops and peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities for philanthropic, non-profit leaders, and college students. The 2018 program will offer strategic alignments and the application of the best and most promising practices that connects grassroots philanthropy to mainstream philanthropy to work collectively in improving conditions and opportunities in communities of color.

At CIN, we inspire, connect, and strengthen, people of color to make strategic philanthropy and collective giving practices a part of their lives. We support the launch and strengthening of Giving Circles as a way of redefining and re-framing philanthropy so it is more racially inclusive, democratic, and accessible to people of all classes. We consolidate donors of color through Giving Circles, which are autonomous, self-governing vehicles for collective giving and leadership. Since its inception, members of CIN have awarded more than $250,000 in grants to local communities and volunteered an equivalent of more than $1.5 million with their time. CINs signature programming exemplifies its mission:

Essentials for Diversity in Giving (EDG) is a proprietary, 10 module curriculum to help define, educate, and encourage communities of color to engage in collective philanthropy. The curriculum includes individual and group exercises that illuminate the fundamentals of philanthropy from the perspective of communities of color in partnership with institutional philanthropy. The curriculum is designed for community foundations, key community institutions or organizations, such as civic, faith-based, or fraternal, to aid in the engagement of donors of color. Partnerships between these institutions will allow philanthropic resources to be directed back into the community. The curriculum can be customized and disseminated in a course, workshop, or webinar setting.

The HBCU Initiative was launched in Spring 2016 with the intent of inspiring and equipping college students with resources to address challenges in their communities through collective philanthropy. The program leverages current CIN giving circle volunteers and college alum to serve as presenters and personal examples of creative philanthropy for students. The Initiative is designed for students of color at all institutions of higher learning and uses classroom sessions, mentoring, and convening(s) to create a pipeline to the next generation of philanthropists.

We invite you to Activate, Accelerate, and Amplify the philanthropic movement with us.

See you in Jackson!

-Team CIN

Conference Point of Contact:
For more information or technical assistance with submitting this form, please contact Special Gathering at CIN@aspecialgathering.com or call (410) 685-7664.

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