CoThinkk is dedicated to social change philanthropy by investing our time, talent and treasure to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
2021 By The Numbers:
Thousand Given in Grant Funds
Community Leaders Awardees
Thousand Invested Back Into Community Total
CoThinkk successfully completed our pilot, 6-month intensive “Heart of Humanity” Program co-facilitated by Cortina Jenelle Caldwell and Alan Ramírez. The purpose of Heart of Humanity was to provide a virtual experiential learning environment that supported the CoThinkk membership in expanding our knowledge, awareness, and analysis of the intersectionality of racial and gender justice
ACCESS TO RESOURCES
CoThinkk’s grant cycle runs from September- October and we prioritize connecting leaders of color to resources. In our pilot year we gave out $4.5k in 2016, $24k given in 2017, $36k given in 2018, $32k given in 2019, and $44k at our annual event in 2020. Read about our annual event here and watch the recording!
Our fifth annual event this year “Interrupting the Now: Reimagining the Future” was virtual, and this year’s giving represented a commitment of $104,000 in the form of grants, coaching, self care stipends and capacity-building to community leaders. Thirteen CoThinkk coaches of color got certified by Center for Coach Diversity, and all 26 grants applicants got six free coaching hours.
We aim to build capacity of community leaders through strengthening alliances and collaborations.
February-August 2020 CoThinkk had our second Blueprint Leadership Series for 2018 and 2019 grantees, co-coordinated by members Lauren Rayburn and Nicole Townsend.The focus was Collective Wholeness + The Principled Struggle: A foundation for effective collaboration and alliance building
SYSTEMS LEVEL CHANGE WORK
CoThinkk supports Institutions doing their work with an equity lens, and has been working on opening a consulting wing of our work.
Our Annual Event provides a visible platform to acknowledge powerful leaders. We have honored 32 leaders and highlighted over 75 others in the past five years.
Read about our past annual event “Becoming We: Strengthening Through Our Roots 2017” and “Standing In We: Rooted in Collaboration 2018” and “Shifting the Now: Shaping the Future 2019,” and our most recent virtual event in 2020 “Interrupting the Now: Reimagining the Future” (and watch the recording!)
Join the Movement
CoThinkk is revolutionizing social change philanthropy in Asheville and Western North Carolina by creating a model of giving that links the time, talent & treasure of CoThinkk members directly to people and organizations that positively impact communities of color.
Become A Member
Share commitment. Collaborate. Learn. Be in Community. As a membership based organization, we want you to join our community! Contribute with your time, talent and treasure by becoming a member now! Membership fees are $250/annually or $21/month. Read about expectations, requirements, and payment options here:
Make A Difference
Contribute to CoThinkk’s work by making a difference with your treasure. Every bit matters and goes directly to supporting grassroots African American and Latinx leaders in WNC. We are currently asking for Donations in Solidarity- your donations directly impact the grants we will be able give out in 2020.
CoThinkk is doing social change philanthpoy that brings together community leaders who care about the economic and social well-being of communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina. Led by African American and Latinx leaders specifically designed to create supportive networks, accelerate systemic change and seed new initiatives through a shared leadership model.
CoThinkk es “cambio social filantropía” que reúne a líderes comunitarios que se preocupan por el bienestar económico y social de las comunidades de color en Asheville y el oeste de Carolina del Norte. Dirigido por líderes afroamericanos y latinx específicamente diseñados para crear redes de apoyo, acelerar el cambio sistémico y generar nuevas iniciativas a través de un modelo de liderazgo compartido.
Read Our Blog:
By Mary Snow and Tracey Greene-Washington
“What we know from the countless stories that we see play out over and over again in the region is that the philanthropic sector has struggled to fully commit to be a significant dance partner in our work to drive social change. This struggle has been further fueled by a damaging and inaccurate national narrative that the Southeast and Appalachia drain the country’s resources – despite the fact that we are fueling the resistance.”