CoThinkk is a giving circle that invests its time, talent and treasure to accelerate positive changes in communities of color in Asheville and Western North Carolina.
2018 By The Numbers:
BluePrint Leadership Series Graduates
Our model is grounded in trust building and authentic collaboration, through intentional space for monthly meetings, bi-yearly retreats, fellowship and covenant between/among members.
These close-knit relationships and networks are how we define “scale.” The deeper, more connected, authentic, aligned, and coordinated, the better the impact.
ACCESS TO RESOURCES
Connecting leaders of color to resources: $4.5k given in grants our first year, $24k given last year, and this year we gave away $36k at our annual event (Standing In We: Rooted in Collaboration)
In addition we use the “CoThinkk Breakdown” where we identify local/regional funding opportunities and streamline their application process into simple steps. In 2016-2017 this process resulted in over $60k back into community for innovative projects.
We aim to build capacity of leaders through strengthening alliances and collaborations. We completed the pilot leadership series: “The CoThinkk BluePrint,” 15 African American and Latinx leaders graduated and formed partnerships.
We have multiple capacity building workshops a year in topics ranging from “Capturing Dreams:” CoThinkk Grant Video Workshop Training, “Aspire to Fly:” Grant Letter of Intent writing workshop, to leadership development and self care.
SYSTEMS LEVEL CHANGE WORK
Shifting resources and power dynamics is our strategy. Changing the narrative around the lack of leaders of color. We value changing the patterns of local/regional institutional practices that impede equitable outcomes.
Our Annual Event provides a visible platform to acknowledge powerful leaders. We have honored 14 leaders and highlighted 29 others in the past two years.
Join the Movement
CoThinkk is revolutionizing 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
As a membership based organization, we want you to join our community! Contribute with your time, talent and treasure by becoming a member now! 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. Check out sponsorship levels here:
CoThinkk is a giving circle 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 un “círculo de entrega de apoyo” 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:
Article contributed by CoThinkk. Words by Aisha Adams; photography by Aisha Adams Media (Rafrica Adams) On Oct. 20, local giving circle CoThinkk held its third annual community award night at The Collider in downtown Asheville. “Standing In We: Rooted in...read more