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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 2016, CIN will host its 12th Annual Conference on September 30 – October 2, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. Our 2016 theme is Roots, Boots and Truths — We Are Grounded in Philanthropy — #WeArePhilanthropists

As an organization, CIN outlines thoughtful giving strategies through grantmaking, advocacy and public education as an avant-garde movement to support and invest in grassroots philanthropy that improves lives and outcomes in communities of color. Since CIN’s founding in 2003, more circles have joined the Network across the Southeast and throughout the nation. “We Are Philanthropist” was birthed from many members who’ve said that they did not know that they were philanthropists until they connected to the CIN Network.

CIN’s Roots, Boots and Truths 2016 Annual Conference will offer its members and supporters in the field of philanthropy an impressive lineup of professional development opportunities, technical assistance, educational workshops and peer-to-peer networking opportunities. The 2016 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.

This year’s conference will lift-up the following virtues that represent philanthropy, then and now, in communities of color:

Roots: The South is the foundation of many of our roots – family, food and freedom. The South is a pilgrimage on a sacred ground where seeds were planted, blood was shed and hope was reaped for people of color.

Boots: The Farm, The Factory, The Movement – community philanthropy is hard work. Boots inspire a celebration of our civil rights and Unsung Foot Soldiers; the overalls of Civil Rights Leader Hosea L. Williams, the commando-style footwear of the Black Panther Party, labor leader and activist Cesar Chavez and the Wilma Pearl Mankille, the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation.

Truths: Artful storytelling meets empirical facts. What are the truths about people of color’s collective giving models and philanthropic nature? What do we believe? What truth is and what truth isn’t? The real truth and facts about giving in communities of color will challenge the perceptions of mainstream philanthropy and the rest of the world to recognize the value, contribution and legacy of giving in communities of color — #WeArePhilanthropists!

We invite you to join the philanthropic movement with us.

See you in Atlanta!

-Team CIN

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