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We Are Philanthropists Project


The #WEAREPHILANTHROPISTS PROJECT (formerly known as the HBCU/Donors of Color 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 members 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 convenings to create a pipeline to the next generation of philanthropists.

The CIN promotes nontraditional philanthropy and its impact in communities of color to young adults between the ages of 18-24 years old.


  • Provide a pathway to help institutions to better attract and engage donors of color

  • Expand the messages delivered on to donors of color

  • Improve diversity in giving

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