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.
To give Black & Brown communities the support to define their needs and solutions.
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.
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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
Fatima M. Smith, MSW
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
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.”
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Sarah Jane Brubaker, PhD
I appreciate opportunities outside of academia to support social
change and work toward social justice, and to work with organizations that develop and celebrate innovative and equitable ways of doing their work.
“You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you
have to do it all the time.”
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
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
Abbey Phillips, MSW
(Interim Board Treasurer)
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.
General and Voting Members
Amy Peck Abraham
Dr. Serelda Herbin
Jackie Robinson Brock
Kennith C Waller
Natalie Evans Harris
Nicole "Nicki" Lynn Lee, PhD
Tishaun Harris Ugworji
Twyla Twyla Garrett
Victor McKenzie, Jr
Whitnee Liverpool Cummins
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.