News & Events
Collective 365 March Newsletter
February 24, 2021
Updates on grants, upcoming events, and news
February 16, 2021
“We know that Black and brown people meet the needs of their communities and often exceed them with little to no access to funding and other resources, but they’re the recipient of only 2% of traditional foundation giving,” Smith explains, adding that Give Black Richmond provides an opportunity to elevate organizations committed to the advancement and sustainability of Black communities in Richmond. “While the organizations listed on the database have a focus on the Black community, it’s imperative to understand that whenever Black communities thrive, other communities thrive.”
Collective 365 is diversifying the money awarded to nonprofits
February 4, 2021
With a divisive start to 2021, working together to support underrepresented communities is a step towards healing in the new year. Last year, 12 individuals brainstormed ways to use their talent, time, resources and passion in support of their community. The result? Collective365.
‘Reimagining philanthropy’: Non-profit offering grants to support communities of color
February 2, 2021
A newly formed non-profit says it is reimagining philanthropy by supporting people, organizations, businesses and non-profits making a difference in communities of color in Virginia, Maryland and DC.
Minimizing barriers: Company offers grants, resources to help minority communities in DMV
January 10, 2021
WASHINGTON (ABC7) — A local organization is reimagining the concept of traditional giving circles by helping to support Black and Brown communities in the D.C. area. Collective 365 is a new grant-making and capacity-building organization that awards grants to individuals, groups, businesses, and nonprofits who are doing work with and for minority communities in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
Register for our Grant Application Workshop
December 8, 2020
Are you interested in applying for a Collective 365 grant? If so, please join us for a free informational session about the grant application process. This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered. Registration is required to attend. If you are unable to attend, the session will be posted to our website.
Collective 365 is a finalist for the Innovator Award
December 2, 2020
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
Style Weekly's Top 40 under 40
October 27, 2020
“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.
Save the Date: 2nd Meet & Greet
October 2, 2020
We are hosting our 2nd virtual Meet & Greet on 15. This time we are offering two time options. Join us at 12:30-1:30pm OR 7:00-8:00pm to learn more about Collective 365 and meet other community conscious individuals.
Two Mics Up Podcast - Ep. 17: The Collective
August 31, 2020
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.
A new way of giving: Collective 365 provides funding to black and brown communities
August 28, 2020
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.
Alumni in Action: Fatima M. Smith
August 20, 2020
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.
Meet Fatima M. Smith of Collective 365
August 6, 2020
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.
Collective 365 established to collectively help communities of color
July 28, 2020
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.
Save-the-date: Collective 365 Meet & Greet
July 18, 2020
We are hosting a virtual Meet & Greet on August 17 at 8:30pm. Join us to to learn more about Collective 365 and meet other community conscious individuals.
Collective 365 Press Release
July 6, 2020
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.