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I am interested, but want more information. How can I meet the Collective?
We would love to meet you and learn about your passions and talents.
We will offer informal information sessions, please subscribe to the website to receive updates about upcoming events.
What can I expect when I join Collective 365?
When you become a member, you will receive an email confirmation of your application and a welcome letter. You will begin receiving invitations and announcements about events (educational, networking, & service).
How long does my membership in the Collective last?
Members are asked to make an annual contribution. Membership is year-to-year as long as your contribution is received by February 1.
Do I have to reside in DC/MD/VA to join?
No. Collective 365 seeks members from anywhere. We are currently recruiting within the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) as we target these areas for giving season consideration.
What is the time commitment?
You can decide how much time you want to invest. In an effort to make an informed vote, we encourage members to participate in educational meetings, service projects & networking events.
Meetings and networking events are held quarterly. Service projects are held throughout the year.
Can I make a donation without joining?
Yes. All contributions are welcome and help us grow our community-based grants and expand our ability to support Black & Brown communities in the DMV area.
When is the contribution due? Do I have to pay it in full?
The membership fee must be paid in full by February 1 of the grant cycle year.
You have the option of paying in installments at your own pace.
Why are there only two contribution options for membership?
We want the Collective to be accessible, and affordable while still having an impact. Some members may decide to contribute more; however, contributing more does not give the member an additional vote.
Is it possible to make an anonymous donation?
Yes, on the "Make an Investment" page you have the option of selecting anonymous donation.
We understand and value that some folks may just want to support the mission of Collective 365 without being a voting member. Every donation helps!
I want to support, but I do not have the funds to do so. What are my options?
Your desire to be involved is needed and appreciated. If you are unable to commit financially at this time, we still invite you to become a general member. As a general member you volunteer your time and talents through our "capacity building" component of the grant application.
Collective 365 will be offering "capacity building" in addition to grant funding for applicants. Capacity building is the Collective's way of connecting members to the work in the community. For example, you may be a social media marketing guru and would be willing to provide "x" amount of hours to develop social media evergreen graphics to a grant applicant.
What type of individuals/organizations does Collective 365 support?
The Collective seeks to support individuals, non-profits, for profits, and groups that have a focus on improving and sustaining communities of color through the following focus areas:
• Social Justice
• Workforce Development
What is "giving season"?
The giving season is the time where members of the Collective learn, serve, and invest in Black & Brown communities.
The giving seasons begins in August and concludes in April at the Community Brunch.
How are grants awarded?
Every member of the Collective is asked to contribute $100 or $50.
The member contributions are used to create grants. The number of members who make a contribution determines the grant amount awarded each year. Every member, regardless of contribution level, gets a vote at the Community Brunch. Throughout the "giving season", grant applicants will have an opportunity to share the issues and needs impacting their community. The Grants Committee will review grants applications and make selections.
If I join or donate, can I still apply for a grant?
Yes. If you join the Collective and/or make a general donation, you may still apply for a grant. Members of the Collective are not eligible to vote in the same giving season they apply, but we believe in giving and getting.
Is my contribution tax-deductible?
At this time, because it is a new organization, we do not have 501(c)(3) status. In October 2020, we applied for 501(c)(3) status and anticipate a decision within six months of applying, which will make previous donations tax-deductible retroactively and future donations tax-deductible. Please subscribe to our website and follow us on social media for updates.