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Community Building Initiative

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Local Leader / Exec. Director:
Dianne English
Main Address:
601 East Fifth St, Suite 460
Charlotte, NC 28202

What We Do

Community Building Initiative (CBI)’s mission is to give people and organizations the knowledge, skills and courage to fight bias, remove barriers to opportunity, and build a more equitable and just Charlotte-Mecklenburg. CBI envisions a connected community where everyone wakes up to discrimination and injustice, interrupts inequitable systems and structures, and steps up champion equal rights, access and opportunity.

CBI is a nonprofit established in 1997 by government and civic leaders to achieve racial and ethnic inclusion and equity in response to a crisis in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. In Fall 2011, after two years of thoughtful deliberations, CBI leadership expanded its work to include other aspects of diversity such as gender, religion, sexual orientation and socio-economic class/economic status.

CBI programming serves three strategic purposes: DEVELOPING LEADERS, including LDI (Leadership Development Initiative) and LU40 (Leaders Under 40); CONNECTING COMMUNITY, including events and outreach such as the annual Stakeholders Breakfast, interactive Bus Tours and Community Dialogues; and ADVANCING EQUITY, including Equity Impact Circles. More information about CBI’s programming can be found at

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