Our Core

Mission

CIN inspires, connects and strengthens African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change THEY wish to see.

Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now. 
-Audre Lorde

Vision

We are philanthropists.

CIN is a national network of giving circles. A giving circle is a group who pool their personal time, talents, and treasure to address social issues in their communities using thoughtful giving strategies. The activities of a giving circle include grant making, advocacy and public education as complementary ways to demystify philanthropy by making it accessible and more democratic to everyday people. CIN understands the importance of guiding African Americans and people of color to the supply side of philanthropy and to be the first investors in their communities.

Core Values

Philanthropic Leadership

Investing on the supply side of philanthropy by using time, talent and treasure. CIN cultivates a new cadre of philanthropic leaders from communities of color that acknowledge their civic responsibility and embrace their power to influence the community change.

Learning Centered Practices

Creating a culture where knowledge and education are fundamental. CIN provides learning opportunities that explore the history of community philanthropy and provide knowledge on strategic giving – giving with a goal.

Inclusive Philanthropy

Connecting people engaged in all facets of giving to enhance the impact. CIN mobilizes donors in communities of color and encourages mutual respect and partnerships with mainstream philanthropy.

Social Justice and Equity

Supporting fair practices that ensure a level playing field. CIN uses philanthropy as a tool to drive social change on issues that directly impact people’s lives.

Collective Influence

Leveraging the power of working together. CIN inspires donors to pool their resources and intellectual capital to collectively build stronger communities.