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Community Building Initiative (CBI) is a nonprofit organization established in 1997 by government and civic leaders to achieve racial and ethnic inclusion and equity in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. In Fall 2011, after two years of thoughtful deliberations, CBI leadership approved a broadened and deepened mission. While race and ethnicity remain a core programmatic focus, CBI is expanding its work to include other aspects of diversity such as gender, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic class/economic status. In addition, because of the urgency of the growing economic divide which disproportionally impacts communities of color, CBI will also deepen and strengthen its commitment and capacity to address the fundamental matter of equity.


LDI-thumbThe Leadership Development Initiative (LDI) is a signature 12-month program of Community Building Initiative (CBI) supports non-profit board members and senior staff of non-profit, public and for-profit organizations in the leadership role they and their organizations play in building a more inclusive and equitable Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

LU40-thumbLeaders Under 40 - Connecting Across Difference to Lead & Serve.
As part of Community Building Initiative’s mission to increase the capacity and commitment of individuals and organizations to work for change, CBI itself is committed to convening groups of leaders interested in creating a more just, more inclusive community.

Supporting & Engaging Civic Leaders
As part of its commitment to support and strengthen leadership for inclusion and equity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, CBI sponsors a Leaders Lunch Series, which brings together leaders from CBI's institutional and organizational partners for quarterly luncheons focused on providing both information and opportunities


LDI-thumbEach two-hour tour engages an average of 55 people and highlights Charlotte’s physical and historical landmarks,
especially those connected to its racial history and heritage as well as to zoning and infrastructure decisions that have contributed to current racially- and economically-segregated neighborhoods.

Listening, Exchanging, Responding
Panelists typically include content specialists, organizational leaders, elected officials, newspaper editors, school board members, congregational leaders and others. Moderators lead a brief discussion with the panelists...

LDI-thumbConvening, Connecting & Celebrating
Since 1999 Community Building Initiative (CBI) has gathered its key funders and community stakeholders once each year in order to update them on our work, celebrate what’s been accomplished, present plans for the year ahead and encourage them to continue to support CBI.

CBI's Board of Directors Responds to HB2

In alignment with its Vision-Mission-Values, on March 31st CBI's Board of Directors adopted a statement in response to the passage of NC House Bill 2.

To view statement, click here

Talking About The Ferrell / Kerrick Story

Community Building Initiative and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee have developed this framework for discussing a real-time community event and broader issues of race, bias and power in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It is intended as a tool for intact and convened groups who want to talk about what happened on the night of September 14, 2013 - and since that time in our community and in other cities around the country - and what we can learn from one another about our past, our present and our common future.

Our hope is that these discussions will highlight the forces that created an environment in which this situation could happen. The goal is to provide a safe space where thoughts, feelings and ideas can be shared openly during and following the trial of Officer Randall Kerrick and to broaden that conversation
to include Jonathan Ferrell and the incident that preceded the trial – thereby allowing us to examine our personal reactions to present day and historical issues in our community.

To download "Talking About The Ferrell / Kerrick Story" discussion guide, click here


Talking About Charleston

In eulogizing Mother Emanuel AME Church's Reverend Clementa Pinckney on June 26, President Obama said, "It would be a betrayal. . .if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again. Once the eulogies have been delivered, once the TV cameras move on, to go back to business as usual -- that's what we so often do to avoid uncomfortable truths about the prejudice that still infects our society. To settle for symbolic gestures without following up with the hard work of more lasting change -- that's how we lose our way again."

Charleston is going "into the ground" whether we talk about it or not - but our hope is to help people get talking. In the spirit of the President's admonition that we not go back to business as usual, CBI and OZS Consulting offer this simple guide to help you connect with others as you reflect on and talk about what happened in Charleston, what it means for you personally, and what it means for our community here in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

In return, we ask that you let us hear from you about the conversations you have and who was involved on CBI's Facebook and Twitter.

To download the "Talking About Charleston" discussion guide, click here

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