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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.


Connecting People & Places (CP&P) is a leadership engagement pilot project offered by Community Building Initiative (CBI), underwritten by the Knight Foundation Fund at Foundation For The Carolinas and delivered in partnership with the City of Charlotte’s Neighborhood & Business Services. CP& P is grounded in neighborhoods and is intended to increase the capacity of Charlotte residents to work for inclusion and equity within their neighborhoods and across the community and to explore issues surfaced in September 2016, such as transportation, employment/economic opportunity, access to art & culture, criminal justice, affordable housing, education and digital inclusion.

Sessions will be held at easily accessible locations across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. A light supper will be provided during evening sessions and lunch at the Saturday session. If you are interested in participating in the CP&P pilot, please submit a complete application to clee@cbicharlotte.org by 5:00 PM on Friday, February 17​.

#ThisIsOurCharlotte: A Statement of Commitment

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The recent shooting and death of Keith Lamont Scott and the subsequent protests have struck a chord deep within our community. They have surfaced questions of who we are, what we think, how we feel, and what we value. To those questions, we would simply say that we are a community which understands that:

  • The anger and pain are real;
  • The issues connected to the reality of racism are not new;
  • The work requires change in systems and structures;
  • Our work will be ongoing and long term and must include additional voices, leadership and perspectives;
  • The changes required will not be easy or comfortable;
  • We must have the courage to listen, to respond and to act now.


We commit ourselves to the continuous work of building and being a community of justice, equity, fairness, and opportunity for all.

As individuals, companies, organizations and congregations that care about Charlotte, we add our signature as our commitment to the long term solution of these questions and challenges and invite others to join us in this evolving and ongoing effort.

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AT&T | Balfour Beatty Construction | Blumenthal Foundation | Charlotte Center City Partners
Charlotte Lesbian & Gay Fund | Charter Communications | Cigna | CREW | Davidson College | Deloitte
Fifth Third Bank | Foundation For The Carolinas | McGuire Woods | Moore & Van Allen
National Gypsum Company | Norsan Media Group | PNC Bank | RSM US
University of North Carolina - Charlotte