About the Community Investment Network
CIN inspires, connects and strengthens African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change THEY wish to see.
CIN anchors our work in five 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.
The efforts and giving of CIN members embody five commonalities:
IMPACT: The power to move feelings and influence thinking.
INFULUENCE: Transforming hearts and minds by being exposed to ideas.
LEADERSHIP: Courage to undertake despite all odds, inspiring people to be a part of something greater.
LEVERAGE: Combine key ingredients, resulting in multiplying or exponential effect.
REDISTRIBUTION: An obligation to share in which the value of a good or service is derived from giving it to another.