Look Who Just Turned 5!

The Circle of Joy, a giving circle located in Decatur, GA, just celebrated their 5th birthday COJ1in a very special way! A party was held at the Steel Case office in Peachtree Center, and more than fifty guests attended. The Circle of Joy is a philanthropic organization under the umbrella of the Community Investment Network (CIN) whose focus is to share their time, talent, and treasures with communities who need assistance in nurturing, developing, and promoting their own.

The COJ’s primary interest lies with children, and as a result, they choose to partner with communities who are aiding and assisting children; in the five years that the COJ has been in existence, they have granted more than $15,000 and over 1000 hours in community service to their grantees. For their 2014 grant giving cycle, they would like to grant $10,000 in celebration of their fifth year!

Anyone who would like to contribute to this giving circle improving the quality of life of youth in metropolitan Atlanta CLICK HERE to make donations. Contributions of any size are greatly appreciated.

Three grantees of the circle attended the fifth birthday party. They were:

Students Without Mothers main goal is to provide academic scholarships for high school seniors whose mothers are absent from the home. Pride for Parents main focus is to provide toys, gifts, and daily essentials to families; parents can make purchase s at hugely discounted prices at The Market Place , the community store created by Pride for Parents. And lastly, All Grown Up stresses self esteem and provides young ladies with the life skills needed to become well rounded, educated, and community service minded individuals who will be life long assets to their communities.

Other guests who contributed to the festivities were: Tony Pigford, the newest staff member of CIN and a circle member of DAAP (Denver African-American Philanthropists), Lyord Watson (a CIN board member) and his wife Katrina (both circle members of the Birmingham Change Fund), and Kenny Ashe (a CIN board member).

The Circle of Joy wishes to thank all the guests who helped to make this birthday celebration a success! Due to the generosity and philanthropic commitments of those in attendance, over $1000 in donations were generated during the event. If others would still like to contribute, it is not too late, and if you would like to learn more about the Circle of Joy, go to the Circle Of Joy website.COJ3

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Community knows what community needs

Tina Crisp is a member of the Sankofa Fund of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and her favorite place to be is in the comfort of her own home.


Southerners getting a taste of a chilly Colorado morning

My memories of Denver make me feel a complete sense of pride, seeing the familiar faces of people like Valaida Fullwood, Tim McIntosh, and Linsey Mills, those are the people that talked with me early on, when our circle was in our infancy and provided guidance, support, respect and love. They became my family, I look forward to seeing them, hearing about the wonderful things they are doing in their communities and watching their continued commitment, their shared passion and determination to make a difference and sharing with them how our circle has grown because they spent time with me and educated me about giving.

I never knew Denver had such a rich African American history, meeting, listening and admiring so many people that are committed to improving the lives of those in their community. I think my most memorable moment in Denver was hearing and then meeting Daniel Rodriguez. He’s young, smart and totally committed, and after hearing him speak that day, I could only say “WOW”.

The visit to the Holly Area Redevelopment Project and meeting the urban farmer was awesome, but being able to be a part of DAAP award their first grants was priceless. Sankofa has given three grants since our inception.

Denver reminded me of the journey our circle, Sankofa Fund of Southwestern PA _MG_1890took as we evolved and embraced philanthropy. The excitement and energy I feel each time I am in the presence of all of the circle members when we come together during Leadership Summits and conferences, where I first hear “Community knows what community needs”. I had to be a part of this “movement”, I had to give back to the community that gave to me.

When our nineteen (19) founding members formed our circle in 2007, we were and still are, the first and only African American Giving Circle in Pittsburgh. I am re-energized with ideas, hopes and dreams for Sankofa.

I AM a philanthropist and I am inspired to grow this movement in Pittsburgh, but not just to grow the membership of Sankofa, but to encourage others to embrace African American philanthropy by starting their own giving circles and affect change in their community.

So to the question, “if I were to ask one or two things from other giving circles, what would they be?” I would have to say, share your knowledge, passion, and your story, always. What I know for sure (yep, Oprah says) it’s the story that grabs our attention, drives our passion and fuels the commitment of giving the 3 T’s time, talent and treasure, in all of us._MG_2186

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New Circle Profile: REAL Sistahs Give

REAL Sistahs Give is a multicultural, national giving circle composed of Black, Latina, Asian, and Native American women to raise funds for African American and Black women who need technical and financial assistance with their grassroots efforts to start or enhance their missions to address domestic and sexual violence against women and girls.

The circle is based on:

  • Relationship building,
  • Educating communities about approaches to Black women’s well-being over violence,
  • Advocating for survivor women and girls, and
  • supporting them with Love.

Sumayya, during the April 2013 Leadership Summit in Chapel Hill, NC.

The members will meet in person annually, regularly by teleconference, with the circle’s home base in Maryland.  The Circle will share resources, skills, networks, and host creative fundraising and educational activities in addition to giving a minimum annual amount (TBD) to award grantees. 

To join the circle or learn more, contact Sumayya Coleman at aabwculturalalliance AT gmail DOT com.

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Go Far and Together

NGAAP-Charlotte and CIN members across the Carolinas are celebrating National Philanthropy Day on November 15. If you’re in the area please participate!


Giving circles are growing in popularity, as indicated by this story in The New York Times…and this one from The Foundation Center…and this one from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

That’s why I’m energized about the upcoming panel discussion that my giving circle and the Gantt Center are co-hosting on National Philanthropy Day (November 15). It’s free and open to the public, so if you’re in the Charlotte or would like to swing through, I encourage you to come. But first, R.S.V.P.

Eric Frazier, writer for The Charlotte Observer and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, is moderator for this week’s panel discussion on giving circles and collective giving, which is part of a Black Philanthropy series. The panelists are friends and fellow members of Community Investment NetworkLinsey Mills and Michelle Serrano Mills of Next Generation of African American Philanthropists; Barron J. Damon of A Legacy of Tradition…

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Memories from the Mountaintop

by Sumayya Coleman, founder of the REAL Sistahs Give, a national giving circle to raise funds to award African-American/Black women who need technical and financial assistance with their grassroots efforts to start or enhance their missions to address domestic and sexual violence against women and girls.

In 1985 I used to look out my kitchen window at least three times a day and talk to the enormous black Colorado Springs Mountains while washing dishes. They made up for the family and friends I left behind in Tennessee at that time. I could not have known that almost thirty years later after years of national and international travel that I would return to Denver in 2013 for the Community Investment Network’s Beyond the Mountaintop experience with the Denver African American Philanthropists, colleagues and new friends who feel like family.  Upon my third time attending a CIN event, this time I made the decision to move our relationship to the next level by announcing, in faith, the beginning of a new giving circle formation- REAL Sistahs Give.  At the end of the day, when I looked out my hotel window, I was compelled to talk to the mountaintops again about my past journey and future destiny.

Before the conference, I had already been traveling for seven days which made the adjustment to the altitude that much more difficult.  I trusted the 10-day advance weather report and did not bring a coat to Denver in October. Still, my fatigue and the fluctuating cold weather did not dampen my excitement at all.  Once I saw familiar faces and received the usual warm greetings, I reconnected to the love and support that draws people to CIN like a magnet – no exaggeration.  Creative layers of clothing took care of the weather’s chill until Brother Effly (DAAP giving circle member) offered me his coat while we toured the Park Hill neighborhood as the sun and the temp were going down, down, down.  Giving a shout out for Brother Effly’s chivalry because his kindness took my mind off the fact that we were on real gangster territory. There was tremendous beauty in the ashes that gave rise to the Park Hill renaissance I got to witness up close. Knowing that in CIN, philanthropy takes on tough projects and turns lives around in ways that can’t be imagined to give lasting hope to depressed communities.

I have been involved in mandatory minimum sentencing reform activities recently to address their impact on victims of domestic violence, which the laws were not intended for this population. Brother Art Way’s insightful workshop, The Drug War and Mass Incarceration, really brought the importance of philanthropy front and center too regarding the prison industrial complex.

Even if a person does not face jail or prison time, a drug conviction record – particularly a felony – often imposes a lifelong ban on many aspects of social, economic and political life.

The historical evolution of mostly white people’s medicinal drug use to drug war to a means to incarcerate black, brown, yellow and red people (people of color) unfortunately is also connected to the lives of the gang members holding their territory in Park Hill.

Yet, the DAAP concept of philanthropy holds the solution to change their destiny by providing means to holistic environments to learn a new moral code and follow a new educational trajectory. The Holly Area Redevelopment Project is an example of the collective community hope in the spirit of Umoja by preparing a place that’s waiting for them just across the street from their holding place.

Visiting the Denver Public Library with Lisa Roy was the most fascinating learning experience that again connected me to my past – this time with my ancestors.  A small group of us rode across town, telling stories about our families’ histories, community myths, and courage to overcome challenges.  I mostly listened to the others talk about their discoveries.  This time, I could not find words to participate in the rhythmic conversations bouncing from person to person. Lisa, our facilitator standing at the front of the bus telling her legacy, made the quest to find our ancestors sound so easy and even fun.  She has been doing genealogies for almost thirty years.  I can’t help but think that while I was talking to the Colorado mountaintops all those years ago, that somehow that beautiful sunny day was being predestined for us to meet. Chad Jones’ words could not have rung more personal for me at that moment:  “As our ancestors foretold, they would not get to the mountaintop with us.  But, here we are, knowing in our hearts that their spirits inspire us, their guidance connects us, and their love strengthens us even as we make them proud by transcending the boundaries that have been set for us.”

Lisa helped me locate information on both my maternal and paternal grandparents, and paternal great-grandparents.  Something inside of me leaped with emotional glee and anticipation, while at the same time a small sense of sadness tried to emerge.  Holding the white paper in my hands with the black letters printed on the page indicating the names of my ancestors whom I come from since 1885 was like receiving translations of the mysterious deep dark lines in the palms of my hands.  There is something intriguing about the 100 years between 1885–1985… can’t put my finger on it just yet, but something to do with destiny for sure.  Also, to learn that my ancestral roots marched through Alabama gave me a real sense of pride and more understanding of my strengths.

The pinnacle of my mountaintop experience was with the group who participated in my workshop: Giving as Organizing and Ministry Too.  We made a personal analysis of Dr. King’s mountaintop speech and demystified “ministry” terminology so that we could openly discuss the spiritual aspect of our philanthropy and how we express it in our various philanthropic approaches.  The conversation was educational for Nick, a foundation staff who attended.  Nick said he received the insight he came for.  Another person was able to share sacred tears that had been waiting for such a space to be released. Others were fully engaged and did not want to leave the workshop on time. I was honored to set the table for us all to freely share this important aspect of our philanthropy without anyone feeling awkward or left out. Dr. King was clear about his spiritual journey:

I just want to do God’s will.

There are many other parts of my mountaintop experience that I could share and will never forget.  This event was about personal and professional development as well as philanthropy.  The CIN platform continuously provides a sacred space for sharing active love, gaining knowledge, positive growth, and reaching for wholeness through giving.  This experience will inform my approaches to developing the REAL Sistahs Give giving circle.  I am looking forward to us taking steps together to build relationships, educate communities, advocate for formerly/battered women and support them with love.  I look forward to being one of the eleven new giving circle formations to be announced in North Carolina in 2014.  I came to the Community Investment Network as a result of following after my heart.  I am eager to see the journey through and what it will manifest with the love and support of many caring hands, creative and open minds, and proven methods.  This is so much more beyond the mountaintop.  Making it real, one step at a time.

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We Are Philanthropists: Illumination 1

Kenny Ashe is a member of the CIN board of directors and is a philanthropist and social entrepreneur from Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Florida A&M University.

In October 2007, I attended my first Community Investment Network Conference in Raleigh/Durham. Initially, I was invited by the founder, Darryl Lester. Subsequently, during the convening I was embraced by the conference hosts, Darryl, Dionne Lester, Athan & Cori Lindsay and Linsey & Michelle Mills. Thus, to be in a space with other like-minded individuals who “got it” was extremely refreshing  and inspiring. After the conference, I returned to Philadelphia energized and implemented some of the tools and principles that I gleaned from the conference and generously received from the conference hosts to impact the community.

In the summer of 2010, I was elected to the board of directors of CIN. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as a board member with business, civic, and philanthropic leaders from several geographic regions across the country. As our board chair, illuminated to me, the board has unintentionally become my unofficial “giving circle”. During my tenure on the board, collectively we have fulfilled our mandate to become relevant in the philanthropic sector.

This weekend during our 2013 CIN Conference: Beyond the Mountaintop, one of our keynote speakers, Clyde Anderson, author and CNN weekend contributing commentator, asked the conferees

Are you reminding yourself who you are?

Well, I am a philanthropist, because of the legacy that my parents imparted to me. Since my first CIN conference in 2007, I now enthusiastically embrace that “privilege” that they bestowed upon me at an early age and am no longer apologetic about that charge. Although, I have a rich heritage of collective giving that I received from my parents Bernard and Flossie Ashe, incidentally who both were born and raised in North Carolina, during the past several years CIN has taught me an abundance of strategic principles and best practices, relative to community philanthropy.

A common thread throughout this 2013 annual conference in Denver has been the refrain, “who are we”? Undoubtedly, we are philanthropists. We positively impact our communities. We are business and civic leaders. Philanthropy is not only what we do in CIN, but also, community philanthropy is who we are. We are a national network of healthy giving circles. Undeniably, we are philanthropists.

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Impossible in theory, possible in practice

A fascinating interview Anasuya Sengupta by Nonprofit Quarterly about the giving, global reach and messiness of democratic practice of the Wikimedia Foundation this week.

“At some point, executive editor of Wired Magazine, Kevin Kelly, said that Wikipedia was impossible in theory but possible in practice. And in some ways, if you think about it, social justice and equality are also impossible in theory but possible in practice. So how do we get there? Through collective will and effort. Wikipedia, in particular, gets there through this extraordinary worldwide community of volunteers: 80,000 volunteers at any given time build Wikipedia and its sister projects, in over 285 languages. It is the world’s largest collaboratively edited project online.”

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The ABC’s of Philanthropy

Guest blog post from Anita Garrett, for the last day of “An August of Dreams and Mountaintops”

Anita M. Garrett is a social entrepreneur and journalist.  As the first Afrian-American to Chair Women In Philanthropy, a giving circle of the United Way of The Midlands, Anita is passionate about resource development and social justice.  She currently serves on the National Women’s Leadership Council (United Way Worldwide) and is a member of the Community Investment Network, a nonprofit organization that encourages organizations and individuals to think and act more strategically with their giving.

Anita Garrett during the CIN 2012 National Conference in Birmingham

Anita Garrett during the CIN 2012 National Conference in Birmingham, AL

I’m a big fan of education.

As the children return to school, I’m reminded of my Grandmother who taught me phonics in the living room before I ever entered a classroom and stressed the importance of knowing the basics—the “roots” of words—so I’d have the necessary foundation to handle anything.  Although she only had a 5th grade education herself, she worked as a maid at Spellman College to ensure that both of her daughters would be able to receive the education she’d not been afforded.

In reflecting on the significance of this month—Black Philanthropy Month and the the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington—coupled with the activities of the back-to-school season, I began considering the “ABC’s of Philanthropy.”  For those of us who claim to truly be “lovers of mankind” what are the elementary points, the fundamental knowledge and the basic reminders needed to continue uplifting and increasing awareness about philanthropy?

Perhaps it’s as easy as A-B-C . . .


Ask about the most pressing needs in your community.  This may take some research. It may not be the headlining trend or most popular charity that will change the long-standing challenges.  Sometimes investing in the unsung S/Heros that are quietly working / toiling closest to ground-zero will have the greatest impact.


Believe that you are GOLDEN just as you are, with the same array of valuable assets and diverse talents that traditional philanthropist possess.  Believe in the HUGE impact your personal contribution, when combined with others, can make.  Believe in philanthropy as a catalyst to improve society.


Commit to expanding your understanding of philanthropy and re-defining it in a way that’s meaning and relevant for you.  Commit to preserving  your families stories—rich with often overlooked tales of sharing. And giving. And loving. Commit to educating the next generation about philanthropy.

School is in session!

The world is your classroom.

Let’s continually celebrate the spirit of Philanthropy through lifelong learning and dedicate ourselves to giving back 365 days a year.

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So Let It Be: An Interview with Carol Bebelle of New Orleans

If you attended the CIN 2010 conference in New Orleans, you might remember the community bus tour stop at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, where we ate amazing regional cuisine (including, unforgettable bread pudding!) and heard the music, cultural and history of Louisiana. Since today marks the 8th year since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, the CIN blog Collective Influence is honored to share a BPM 2013 “Of Dreams and Mountaintops” interview with New Orleans resident Carol Bebelle, co-founder of Ashé. An abridged version of this interview appears on BlackGivesBack.com.


Carol Bebelle, co-founder of Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans

A native New Orleanian, Carol Bebelle co-founded Ashé Cultural Arts Center (Ashé CAC), along with Douglas Redd,  in 1998. Ashé CAC is dedicated to community and human development using culture and art, and it became a central player in the rebuilding of New Orleans post-disaster, particularly in the Central City community and the city’s cultural landscape.

Bebelle is a graduate of Loyola and Tulane universities. She has a 20-year career in the public sector as an administrator and planner of human service programs. She also is a consultant offering planning, development, and grant writing services to human service programs. Her clients are non-profits, religious programs, entrepreneurs and artists.

A published poet and essayist, Bebelle is a popular panelist and commentator on the transformative power of culture. Her written works can be found in various anthologies, reports and journals. For Black Philanthropy Month, she generously shared her thoughts as a part of the “Of Dreams and Mountaintops” interview series. An abridged version is below and her full interview can be found at Collective Influence.

Black philanthropy is . . .

Black philanthropy is the sharing of your personal or collaborated resources, time, treasure and talent with others, not necessarily related to you, for the general good and love of the community.

What are your thoughts on where America stands 50 years after Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech?

Dr. King understood clearly that all things are relative as did the founding fathers in their notion of “a more perfect union.” Dr. King’s inspiring and much studied words give us clear standards to measure by as well: poverty diminished or disappeared, justice in bountiful presence, people enjoying the pleasure of life without judgment, equal access and opportunity. These standards still remain as unmet goals for our democratic society.  We are neither perfect nor have we arrived at the gold standard of a fully activated democracy.

We are however, tangled in a great tension regarding the culture and values that will guide our path to tomorrow. There are those who have made the choice to follow established, conservative, safe and exclusive paths which protect many and limit the access and opportunity for too many others. These are not ruthless Americans or inhumane Americans. They are mostly Americans afraid that the consideration and opportunity for others will be at their personal expense. These are Americans who have been coddled into a false sense of security that strength can be built at the expense and on the backs of others. These Americans have not reckoned with the notion that taking yours and limiting who else gets theirs creates a karma that eventually brings everybody down.

We can ill afford the loss of the ingenuity, the spirit, the humanity and the life force of so many Americans from the mainstream working and middle classes. We can ill afford the loss of the new enthusiastic immigrating American who helps those of us who have become jaded realize the value of American citizenship in the final analysis.

Protecting our commitment to the ideal of democracy means we must be in the democratic covenant with every American not just some. Every time we misunderstand the circumstance of poverty as a character flaw, every time we suppress our humanity and harden our hearts to the needless deaths and violations of our fellow Americans, homicide, capital punishment, life imprisonment for juveniles, domestic violence, poor public schools and other public accommodations, chronic unemployment, a healthcare safety net (insurance and public health services), hate crimes etc, we further burden the ascent to the democratic standard and we compromise American life for all.

America still has work to do. Even in death, Dr. King continues to be a drum major for peace and a standard bearer for democracy. The question remains where are the believers in the vision and the dream? Are you working in the field of solutions?  If not then you are indeed part of the problem. Words are not deeds. One helps us craft the plan the other fulfills the promise of the plan. Dr. King was an inspirational visionary and a brave doer. Can we be both? Will we speak belief, hope and power into our democracy by daring to live lives that offer equality, liberty and justice for all.

When it comes to society or our community, what is your “dream” or aspiration?

An end to poverty.

An existence that has working class as a launch and minimum starting point for every family.

An end to racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, ageism and adultism

An existence that is full of opportunity for all.

An assured existence that is safe and secure for all.

An existence where all children are valued and given a high quality education and preparation for life.

An existence where prisons are ended and institutions that work to really rehabilitate those who go astray are used to replace them.

An existence that values family in every form it comes.

In terms of your philanthropic endeavors, what’s your “mountaintop” or highest achievement to date?

Realizing that generosity is not a quality available only to those who have large excesses of money. Being generous in the contribution of money, time and sharing yourself, even and especially when it is not convenient, is part of the formula for democracy.

 Name a book that has shaped your philanthropy.

Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, by Valaida Fullwood (2011)

Visit BlackPhilanthropyMonth.com and get involved in BPM 2013: An August of Dreams and Mountaintops.


Contributed by Valaida Fullwood: Described an “idea whisperer,” Valaida brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer and project strategist. She is a founding member of Charlotte’s New Generation of African American Philanthropists and author of “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists.” For more, follow valaida.com, @ValaidaF and @BlkGivesBackCLT.

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Uncovering Your Assets

Clyde Anderson is a financial lifestyle coach, author and economic empowerment educator who has been on CNN more than 400 times. Clyde will be the Lunch Plenary speaker at CIN’s 2013 Conference on Saturday, October 5th. Visit www.ClydeAndersonOnline.com or follow Clyde on Twitter at @clydeanderson and @definingfreedom.

“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Are you Wealthy?

I ask this question as I walk into a room filled with hundreds of professionals, entrepreneurs, politicians, non-profit Directors and community advocates  patiently awaiting what their luncheon speaker (who happens to be me) is about to say.  I understand the mindset of my captured audience. Imagine they are waiting for something profound to leap from my lips, but I feel an urge to take a survey to see exactly who I was speaking to. I have done this all across the country as I traveled to city after city and surprisingly the answers were the same.  First they would look at me like I had two heads or had sprouted a tail and 2 or 3 individuals would raise their hands.  After doing this a few times I was prepared for the response and immediately realized most people have no idea what they possess and many of the ones who did just didn’t know how to “activate” the power or the W.E.A.L.T.H. that they possess.

I define W.E.A.L.T.H. as the Wisdom to Establish Assets and Leverage The Harvest.

This means that you must be Wise enough to know WHO you are and WHERE you are at this point in your life.  Maybe you have associated who you are with your profession for so long it becomes synonymous with your identity, but in reality who you are has more to do with how you are wired and what’s inside of you that is yearning to be released and put to action.  Too often when people lose their jobs they lose a sense of themselves because that is who they have been for so long.  Next you must be wise enough to know where you are, which requires taking a full assessment of your current financial position, your life achievements, the assets you posses and the things you are responsible for.

This principle is crucial as you must know where you are to get to the place you desire to be, which leads me to the next step of establishing WHERE you’d like to go and how you plan to get there.  This requires setting realistic goals that help you stay on course to obtain that which you desire to have in your life.  You also must know WHY you want to go there which serves as your motivation to achieve your goals.  You must remember that your why must be bigger than a paycheck, because eventually that will get old and no longer push you.

Now you must uncover your ASSETS.  You possess certain assets, which are often overlooked because you don’t see them as being valuable which is most likely because you haven’t learned to apply them to your life and use as the leverage to get to your destination or acquire that which you want.

Your Time is one of your most valuable assets that you possess. You get 86,400 seconds in each day that you must maximize to get a return. You also possess gifts, talents, relationships and ideas, to name a few. With these assets you can create a plan of action that can be used to earn income and build the future you envision.

I realized I needed to do something to help people see what they obviously couldn’t.  I had to help them Activate their W.E.A.L.T.H., thus the W.E.A.L.T.H. Movement was born.  The W.E.A.L.T.H. Movement was created to serve as a resource, guide and support center to help people realize their true potential and navigate the waters of the “New Normal.”  The goal is to provide access to these Assets in one centralized place, collaborate with professionals to help goals manifest a lot faster than they ever could if you operate alone. You must stand by the lesson that nothing truly significant in history was ever accomplished without help or a team.

The WEALTH movement will help individuals:

  • Identify their assets,
  • Learn how to apply their assets,
  • Create a Financial Success Plan
  • Start businesses
  • Become better money managers
  • Promote your services
  • Barter Services
  • Share knowledge
  • Create goals and learn how to achieve them,
  • Create plans and be held accountable to carrying them out
  • Identify additional streams of income and implement the strategy.
  • Provide the tools needed to execute with excellence in all you do.

You now know what the problem is and you know the possible solutions, but now you need help to implement the solution into your life.  The only way you can truly overcome poverty, hopelessness and the status quo is to work together collectively to help each other leverage the resources and work the plan to be the change that you desire to see in your life.

It doesn’t take tons of money to start a movement, nor does it take millions of people, but what it does take is a few committed individuals who want more out of life and who can see that change is definitely possible.

Today is the day that you change your mind to change your life and join the movement.

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