Launch Event for 260 Change Fund Set Saturday, July 15 at Civil Rights Room
Background: The founding members of the 260 Change Fund selected the name as an homage to those who participated in the nonviolent, direct-action campaign to end racial segregation at lunch counters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, that began in February 1960. The Fund is organized for the purposes of collective philanthropy, with each of the Fund's members focused on delivering their time, talent and treasure to support underrepresented communities in urban Nashville.
This Fund will be part of the Community Investment Network, a national network that began in 2003 when the Next Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP) and the Birmingham Change Fund organized as giving circles. The mission of the Community Investment Network is to inspire, connect, and strengthen communities of color to leverage their collective resources to create change through activities that include grantmaking and advocacy.
There are about 20 founding members of the 260 Change Fund, consisting of young (ages 20-40) African-American professionals who are each committing a minimum contribution of $250 as well as future annual contributions to continue their membership in this giving circle. Members of the group will celebrate meeting their initial funding goal of $5,000 during August, which is Black Philanthropy Month.
Launch Event on Saturday:
The launch event will take place in the Nashville Public Library Civil Rights Room (2nd floor) on Saturday, July 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.
Contact: Pat Embry
(615) 321-4939, ext 114
Date: July 13, 2017
Further Contacts: Isaac Addae, assistant professor of business administration at Tennessee State University; Amy Fair, vice president, donor services, at The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.
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The 260 Change Fund envisions a thriving community that possesses a sustainable culture of giving through collective philanthropy made possible by unifying resources and empowering agents of change.