In the Press
August 21, 2021

Collective 365, with 3 social work alumnae, empowers Black, Brown communities with grants

With three VCU School of Social Work alumni among its 11 founders, it’s no wonder that the nonprofit Collective 365 has ambitious plans after selecting recipients for its inaugural grant cycle of $17,500 earlier this year. 

May 19, 2021

"I was thrilled!" Five Richmond organizations recieve 2021 Collective 365 grant

Collective 365 recently selected the winners of a $17,500 grant, and out of the seven chosen, five were from Richmond: Slyderz BaseballIron Village Preparatory AcademyBlack Lives Matter 804, Resume Revamp, and Girls Like Me.

January 10, 2021

Minimizing barriers: Company offers grants, resources to help minority communities in DMV

December 2, 2020

Collective 365 is a finalist for the Innovator Award

The virtual award event will be held on December 3, 2020 where the winner will be announced.  The evening will consist of:

  • Trivia hosted by Alex and Laura of Why Richmond is Awesome

  • Opportunities for all ticket holders to win giveaways from dozens of local businesses such as Quirk Hotel, Common House RVA, Top Golf, Purify RVA, Charm School Ice Cream, River City Roll, Lakeside Park Club and many more

  • Music provided by DJ JT

  • And most importantly, a time to celebrate the young professionals and businesses that support them to make our region great- especially through trying times

October 27, 2020

Style Weekly's Top 40 under 40

“People don’t realize that you can be a philanthropist at any age, regardless of socio-economic level,” Smith says. To join Collective 365, a giving circle specifically geared toward supporting the sustainability of communities of color, you need only pay a $50-$100 annual fee. Their grants are nontraditional, meaning they’ll fund individuals and smaller organizations that do not have fiscal sponsors.

August 31, 2020

Two Mics Up Podcast - Ep. 17: The Collective

Today on Two Mics Up we speak with Fatima M. Smith as she explains how Collective 365 works to facilitate opportunities for the community. Collective 365 helps to support the needs of the community through service engagements, and by hosting educational and networking events in order to support the sustainability of communities of color through philanthropic giving.

August 28, 2020

A new way of giving: Collective 365 provides funding to black and brown communities

Collective 365 is kicking off their membership campaign in 2020 and invites you to join as a member or volunteer to share your strengths with organizations who need it most. Grant applications will open in early 2021 and grants will be awarded in April 2021.

August 20, 2020

Alumni in Action: Fatima M. Smith

After working in nonprofits and seeing the shortcomings of traditional funding efforts, Smith and the organization’s eleven other co-founders (including fellow Mason alums, Felicia Baez, BA ‘17, MPH ‘19 and Amanda Thompson, BA ‘10) came together to launch their giving circle to highlight the work of people uplifting their communities and to offer support through investing resources, talent, and time.

August 6, 2020

Meet Fatima M. Smith of Collective 365

We know that only 2% of foundation funding is given to Black and Brown organizations, but that needs to change. Instead of complaining, we came together to create our own funding source. Although I left the non-profit word in 2016, I knew I wanted to do something about it and fast forward four years later I said 2020 is going to be the year that Collective 365 goes from an idea to a reality.

July 28, 2020

Collective 365 established to collectively help communities of color

Fatima M. Smith said she kept encountering amazing Black and brown people in the community who were coming up with solutions to meet a need, but lacking the financial support. After four years of thinking and planning, Smith and 11 cofounders, including a couple from Hampton Roads, officially launched the organization on July 6.

July 6, 2020

Collective 365 Press Release

Today Collective 365 launches their twist on traditional giving circles and serves to give, gather, and grow Black and Brown communities in the DC, Maryland, & Virginia area. They are now recruiting members to join Collective 365 to build a group of individuals coming together to use their talent, time, money, and passion to invest in Black & Brown communities.