Racial equity must involve the most impacted in the creation and implementation of policies and practices. #CBV was encouraged by the inspiring models of grantmaking led by community members. They are challenging the narrative about who is really positioned to transform communities. We highlight the amazing work from: THRIVE Thomasville Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund[…]
By Natasha Harrison advocacy, Community Engagement, Culture Transformation, Justice, Racial Equity, Strategy Dec 24, 2020
In this video, Ayodele Harrison, Senior Partner of CBV and Director of BMEsTalk, shares his gratitude for his team of BMEsTalk CHAT moderators. Andre Daughty and Darryl Diggs, 2 of the 5 moderators, then describe how their experience as chat moderators have positively impacted them personally and professionally. What are you grateful for in 2020?
By Natasha Harrison Community Engagement, Culture Transformation, gratitude, self care Dec 21, 2020
CBV has declared December 2020 as the Month of Gratitude! During a recent project meeting, cooperative members expressed what they are grateful for in 2020. What are you grateful for in 2020?
Since the first enslaved Africans arrived on the shores of Virginia, we have been shedding our blood in the pursuit of freedom. For 400 years, our ancestors and elders fought for our humanity, rights, and dignity. They fought for our freedom. Now it’s our turn. We have inherited this legacy of struggle, and it is[…]
Stolen. Commandeered. Co-Opted. A Call for Black Spirit Warriors to Reclaim and #ReleaseTheMedicine of Liberatory Ancestral Healing
By Neith Sankofa , Project Trainer and Coach Culture Transformation, Emotional self care, Racial Equity Jun 22, 2020
An INVOCATION. In the tradition of the Liberatory Elite of our ancestors, the world is waiting for US to announce who we are, what we deserve, and how deliciously we want to receive and BE received. We make our own space by way of our presence. We answer with an embodied sacred yes to that[…]
What are your reflections regarding the current climate in our country? Natasha A. Harrison, President and CEO of CommunityBuild Ventures, shares her reflection on this moment after the lynchings of #BreonnaTaylor, #GeorgeFloyd, and #RayshardBrooks. Press play and listen. Then share your reflections. At this moment, what are you feeling? How are you working through this[…]
Thank you Change Philanthropy! Our CommunityBuild Ventures’ President & CEO, Natasha Harrison, recently attended the 2019 Change Unity Summit. In addition, CommunityBuild Ventures was a proud sponsor. While there she and the team learned strategies for utilizing power to advance philanthropic equity. Change-makers gathered in heart wrenching and progressive conversations. The collective energy was indicating[…]
The THRIVE Thomasville Heights initiative was created in an effort to give members of Thomasville Heights access to financial resources to address community concerns. On Thursday, November 21st the participants celebrated the completion of year one of the program. This was in partnership with the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Take a look at what[…]
By Sheronde Glover, Project Consultant Community Engagement, Culture Transformation, Strategy Nov 04, 2019
For many, planning, particularly strategic planning feels overwhelming and intimidating. The truth is strategic planning doesn’t have to be arduous or difficult, challenging or all-consuming. But it does need to be done right so I thought I’d share a few best practices I’ve compiled to help you feel comfortable and ready to conduct effective strategic[…]
In 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania was founded as the first institution of higher education for African-Americans with the purpose of equipping and empowering students of diverse backgrounds to be visionary leaders in their chosen fields. Nearly 200 years later, there are over 100 HBCUs scattered across the South and Midwest, but over 50 years[…]