Friday, August 29, 2014

Community Investment Network Set To Mark A Decade of Impact Through Giving Circles

“It was 10 years ago when the Ford Foundation invested in the idea that African American young adults were untapped community philanthropy resources in the US, especially in the American South. The return on that investment has been amazing—new community leaders, new pools of philanthropic funds, new relationships with other donors and non-profits to address local and state policies…I can’t wait to get to the CIN Conference in October to hear the stories of impact!”
— Linetta J. Gilbert

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT NETWORK (CIN) is set to come full circle in Durham, North Carolina, October 2-5 by celebrating its 10th anniversary conference. The CIN 2014 National Conference will commemorate its first convening a decade ago. Stories of impact—from CIN Giving Circle members, national thought leaders and community-based changemakers—are a focus of the three-day conference, designed to inform, engage, and inspire attendees from across the country. Register via this link.

Keynote speakers include:

JACQUELINE COPELAND-CARSON, PH.D., Scholar and Global Consultant on Black Diaspora Giving and Founder of Black Philanthropy Month 
(Saturday Breakfast Plenary)

DAVID JOHNS, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans 
(Saturday Lunch Plenary)

REV. TREVOR BEAUFORD, DeiVision Minister for Children, Youth and Singles, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina 
(Sunday Breakfast Plenary)

For new members and people interested in collective giving, the CIN workshop “Giving Circles 101” is scheduled for Friday afternoon. Conference registrants will also experience sightseeing bus tours of communities in and nearby Durham that reveal stories of impact from Next Generation of African American Philanthropists, which is based in the Triangle and one of the initial CIN Giving Circles. Concurrent conference workshops will examine a range of issues, explore multiple facets of philanthropy and spotlight more stories of impact from CIN Giving Circles.

2014 Honorary Conference Co-Chairs:


LINETTA J. GILBERT, Longtime Champion of CIN

Sponsors of the conference include: Triangle Community Foundation, Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, and IBM Corporation. Methodist Home for Children is the sponsor of the 2014 CIN Youth Summit on Philanthropy and Leadership, which is offered on Saturday morning for young people ages 12 to 18. More about sponsorships can be found here.

About Community Investment Network: CIN is a nonprofit membership organization that inspires, connects and strengthens African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change THEY wish to see. There so much to learn about giving circles, and CIN’s annual conference is a go-to source for solid information and for building relationships with knowledgeable and approachable people from across the U.S.

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