2004 – 2005: Achieving Racial and Ethnic Inclusion & Equity

CBI began 2004 by adopting a formal Strategic Development Plan, comprised of Individual and Corporate Annual Giving Campaigns, to ensure financial stability in the coming years. LDI Class III began, involving 26 participants representing 14 local non-profit boards and LDI’s first public-sector entity, Mecklenburg County. LDI Impact, a new iteration of LDI designed for organizations that had already participated in LDI and demonstrated a commitment to inclusion and equity, ran from February to December and involved 23 individuals from 9 organizations. CBI was also asked by Foundation for the Carolinas to manage Crossroads Charlotte, a major civic engagement initiative designed to examine possible futures described in four scenarios and to provide opportunity for organizations, institutions and individuals to take action. The goal of Crossroads Charlotte was to choose and pursue a future for Charlotte based on intentional choices and creative foresight.

In 2005 CBI continued projects already begun as well as initiating a few new ones. CBI furthered a partnership previously forged with the Levine Museum of the New South on “Conversations on Courage.” This dialogue project was presented in association with Courage: the Carolina Story That Changed America, an exhibit at the museum. An additional related project, “Organizational Courage,” was launched. CBI continued to offer LDI as well as serve as project manager for Crossroads Charlotte. CBI designed and implemented “I See Your Point,” a series of informal facilitated sessions during which up to 20 people shared and explored diverse points of view around significant community issues, particularly those affecting the community’s capacity for achieving racial and ethnic inclusion and equity. CBI also served as project manager for Front Porch Grants, a small grants program of Foundation for the Carolinas intended to support efforts that increased awareness, connectivity and interaction among diverse groups of people and build bridges of understanding across barriers of race/ethnicity, age, gender, economic status and religion.