Black Funders Network: 1st Anniversary Celebration

Black Funders Network logoWatch Black Funders Network of the Bay Area’s (BFN) four-minute video celebrating their first anniversary. (You can catch glimpses of Community Initiatives’ President & CEO, Ruth Williams, and board member, Steve Barton, in the video.) BFN’s goal is to foster “an aligned support network of Bay Area Black philanthropic professionals to connect, align, and (re)energize to best support Black communities and organizations across disciplines.” Within their first year, they’ve grown their network to over 100 participants, representing more than forty organizations, and have held over ten successful events with their partner programs. In the next year, BFN plans to continue to grow their network and provide professional resources for philanthropic success.

Click here to watch the video on YouTube.


Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance: Rescuing Tiger King Park Big Cats

Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge with TigerTurpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge (TCWR), a member sanctuary of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA), took part in the rescue of sixty-eight big cats from Tiger King Park, formerly owned by Joe Exotic (of reality television infamy). TCWR members made two trips to Oklahoma to bring back a total of thirteen cats, assist with transport of eight cats to other sanctuaries, and help place others through the BCSA. The cats were seized after the park’s current owners, Jeffery and Lauren Lowe, failed to comply with court orders to improve the big cats’ level of care.

Read the full article here. 

Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance: #HoustonTiger Update

Also in BCSA news, a tiger recently found roaming the streets of Houston, TX, has found his new home. The tiger, referred to as #HoustonTiger on social media, was unharmed and will be held in Murchinson, TX, by BCSA sanctuary member Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.

Read the full article here.


Pre-Health Dreamers: June 19th Online Conference

Collage of faces and PreHealth Dreamers logoIt’s not too late to purchase tickets for Pre-Health Dreamers’ (PHD) First Annual Conference: Revolutionizing the Health of Undocumented Communities. A series of workshops will be held, with focus on how to empower undocumented patients and their families as they navigate the healthcare system. RSVP deadline is June 16, 2021, and attendance is capped at 200.

Get your tickets now.


Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement: New Research Collaboration Guide

Strategy session post-itsLast month, Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE)’s Director, Lou Woodley, facilitated a workshop on team science and collaborative research during the Zuckerman Institute’s Neuroscience Symposium. Attendees explored the importance of collaboration and worked with a brand new CSCCE tip sheet that provides tools for team efforts.

Read the blog here, and find the newest CSCCE Tip Sheet here.


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