Seeds for Community Investment Network (CIN) were first sown in 2003 when a series of conversations about philanthropy with young African Americans communities were conducted across the American South and sponsored by The Ford Foundation. The discussion centered on pressing social challenges, civic engagement and giving back.
Community Investment Network (CIN) was established to support and encourage the development of “giving circles” and other collective giving models. A giving circle is a group of individuals who pool their personal time, talent, treasure, and testimony to address social issues impacting their communities using thoughtful giving strategies.
CIN is a forum for philanthropists committed to transforming their communities.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a national scope, CIN pursues a bold mission anchored in four main strategies.
• Demystifying institutional philanthropy for individuals and community groups.
• Cultivating a new cadre of philanthropic leaders from communities of color who recognize their civic responsibilities and their power to influence mainstream philanthropy.
• Creating space for members to learn the history of philanthropy, generate ideas,
share lessons and successes and pursue opportunities to give back.
• Broadening understanding of the nonprofit sector and community-based efforts, particularly around public policy and social justice.
CIN inspires, connects and strengthens African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change THEY wish to see.
WHAT WE DO
We are philanthropists.
CIN is a national network of giving circles. A giving circle is a group who pool their personal time, talents, treasure and testimony to address social issues impacting 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.
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.
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.
Leveraging the power of working together. CIN inspires donors to pool their resources and intellectual capital to collectively build stronger communities.