About Us

Turning Interest Into Action

The co-founder, Fatima, wanted to start a giving circle that reflected her values, identity, and passions. The 11 founding members represent a wide range of talents, life experiences, passions, and abilities. Just as our founding members reflect a range of identities, we seek that in our membership. 

 

Collective 365 was established with the intent to unite individuals who want to invest, learn from, and celebrate Black & Brown communities. Collective 365 is composed of individuals who seek to support positive change and sustainability in communities of color in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, VA) by combining resources. Collective 365 is reimagining philanthropy by removing barriers for individuals to become philanthropists and those seeking funding. We do this by offering three types of memberships and providing grant funding and capacity building opportunities to our grant applicants. Our ability to support community sustainability is achieved when we center Black & Brown folks as decision makers and thought leaders in their communities. Collective 365 provides Black & Brown communities the platform to define their needs and solutions.

 

The members’ investments and donations from the community are used to support the grant fund. During the year the members attend educational & networking events to become informed and engaged community members.

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The Why

To give Black & Brown communities the support to define their needs and solutions.

Mission

Facilitate opportunities to learn about community needs through service engagement, educational and networking events in order to support the sustainability of communities of color through philanthropic giving.

Focus areas

Health | Education | Social Justice | Workforce Development

The How

1.  We focus on the root causes of economic, racial, and social injustice.

2. We strive to include the people who are impacted by those injustices as leaders and decision-makers.

3. We also aim to make the field of philanthropy more accessible and diverse.

4. We are accountable, transparent, and responsive in their grant-making.

(source: resource generation)

Board of Directors

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Fatima M. Smith, MSW

(Founder)

I wanted to create a way to celebrate & invest in Black & Brown folks who are doing dope things in their community. I knew I wanted to do something that put trust in those doing the work and saw that what was being done was not working. 

 "I don’t break the rules, I just challenge them”

- Ella Baker

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Alana Glover, Esq.

I want to be involved in an organization that turns “interest into action.”  This organization is not only an organization that discusses the issues facing Black and brown communities, it focuses on actually providing financial support and resources to these communities.  Collective 365 is committed to more than just identifying problems, Collective 365 is committed to solving them.

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

-James Baldwin

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Bianca Myrick
(Board Vice President)

 I wanted to be a part of changing the face of philanthropy, specifically as it relates to decreasing funding barriers for black and brown organizations.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you

-Maya Angelou

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Lisa Hicks
(Board Treasurer)

The work of the Collective exemplifies what is possible for Black and brown leaders who seek to create more equitable communities when we have the support and resources necessary. 

“Your silence will not protect you.”

-Audre Lorde 

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Natisha Knight

The mission and vision of the organization align with my personal values. Collective 365 gives ownership and decision making power to the very people best equipped to make decisions to uplift and empower Black and Brown communities.  

“You may shoot me with your words,

You may cut me with your eyes,

You may kill me with your hatefulness,

But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

― Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise

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Allison Gilbreath, MSW (Board President)

Communities of Color have always had the ambition and tenacity to uniquely serve their communities, but have lacked access to funding to do so, as the inaugural President of Collective 365 it is my mission to change this.

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Amanda Thompson
(Board Secretary)

I believe in community.  I believe that we have within our community a collective of individuals and organizations that can do great things with and for our community.  I love giving back, and I love serving MY community.

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly."

- Langston Hughes

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    Emma Yackso
    MSW, LCSW

    It’s time to build something different--a way of getting money directly into black and brown communities through organizations that are of, and genuinely committed to lifting their folks up. 

     “Even when the truth isn’t hopeful, the telling of it is.”

    - Andrea Gibson

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    Felicia Baez
    MPH, CHES®

    ​Why not C365? It was built and designed by and for Black and Brown folks. I believe in the vision and I want our communities to thrive. 

    “She believed she could, so she did.”

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    Jenaé Harrington, Ed.D

    I love Collective 365 and everything it represents. We take a creative and accessible approach to philanthropy which allows more of us to be involved in the community-building process. 

    Radically loving each other is the only everything worth anything.

    -Aja Monet

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    Abbey Phillips, MSW

     I find a lot of daily inspiration in the work I see happening in the community, but oftentimes that work is not invested in or celebrated. Collective 365 is raising the bar in how we approach equitable investments and philanthropy while giving its membership and grantees a meaningful opportunity to continue building community. This work is essential to equity and uplifting voices and I am so honored to play a role in expanding this mission and vital work.

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    Luc El-Art Severe, J.D.

    Luc is aligned with supporting the efforts of economic vibrancy and vitality that fosters the creation of  opportunities and resources investing in the needs of the Black Communities and celebrating the Communities’ achievements.

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    General and Voting Members

    Alesha Wilson

    Alexandra Boone

    Alexsis Rodgers

    Amanda Long

    Amanda Pohl

    Amber Vernon

    Amy Peck Abraham

    Anderson Hayes

    Anisha Walker

    Anitha Pai

    Anna Danese

    Ashley Dobson

    Becca Richardson

    Becky Odor

    Catherine Estevez

    Catherine Foca

    Chloe Edwards

    Clair Koroma

    Crystolyn Macklin

    Dana Shields

    Dana Walker

    Danielle Gilbert

    Daryl Fraser

    Dr. Serelda Herbin

    Edward Gerardo

    Elizabeth Wong

    Emily Yeatts

    Emmanuel Caudillo

    Fabrizio Fasulo

    Fatima Yousofi

    George Kelly

    Haliya Roberts

    Hannah Robbins

    Isabel Eljaiek

    Jackie Robinson Brock

    Jennifer Young

    Johnathaan Pannell

    Johnetta Guishard

    Joni Celiz

    Joy Shaw

    Karen Brown-Davis

    Kenda Sutton-EL

    Kennith C Waller

    Kheila Jones

    Kisha Webster

    Kristin Faison

    Laurin Stamps

    Leigh Busby

    Lisa Amazigo

    Lisa Jobe-Shields

    Liz Canfield

    Lizzie Garrett

    Marie Cornwall

    Marisa Harriston

    Mary Kwak

    Mervyn Han

    Michelle Waller

    Mie Strickler

    Natalie Evans Harris

    Natalie Garramone

    Nicole "Nicki" Lynn Lee, PhD

    Nikieta Lambert

    Nishaun Battle

    Patricia Bradby

    Patrick Belcher

    Preston Roy

    Raleigh Layne

    Ralph Grove

    Rebecca Carter

    Robin Gahan

    Sabrina Jordan

    Sarah Milston

    Sean Smith

    Shandra Claiborne

    Shannon Britt

    Shantell Chambliss

    Shelton Akande

    Shelton Akande

    Sonya Hough

    Stephanie Mace

    Taikein Cooper

    Tara FitzPatrick

    Tasha Chambers

    Tishaun Harris Ugworji

    Twyla Twyla Garrett

    Vanessa Durrant

    Victor McKenzie, Jr

    Whitnee Liverpool Cummins

    Yolanda Avent

    Zipporah Levi-Shackleford

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    Ashley Gaddy

     I am here for us, so this organization allows me to show up and with my people!

    “We Become What We Think About”

    -Dennis Gaddy

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    Ryan Gilbreath

    I joined the Collective because being apart of a community grant funding organization has been a dream of mine. I had figured that in order to be apart of something like this, that this wouldn't happen until I was over 60. However, when my wife and I were presented with the opportunity to help, I realized I don't have to wait to make the impact I want to see in our communities.

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