The 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.
Leaders 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
Each 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.
Can We Talk? COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS
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...
Convening, 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.
Over the past year Community Building Initiative has been using a “hand of cards” as both a graphic symbol and a metaphor to illustrate how experiences, opportunities and the amount of access each of us has to a good quality of life can be impacted by the “cards” we have in our hands – those we are dealt or that we draw or that we strategically collect. Some cards are a matter of choice; others are not.
During our December 2012 Stakeholders Breakfast, we introduced our Community Equity Profile Cards – and we are happy to share them with you. The data presented on each card comes from a Brookings Institution study about who makes it to the middle class in America.
We hope you’ll explore our website to read about our annual stakeholders breakfast and our other signature programs – in essence, the “cards” CBI plays to build a more inclusive and equitable Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
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.
To achieve inclusion and equity in our community
To intensify the commitment and increase the capacity of individuals and organizations to build a more inclusive and equitable community.
Our Core Values
CBI believes these inclusion and equity values make common sense, business sense and moral sense, and we are committed to these ideals for the benefit of this generation and generations to come.
Our Values in Action