Black Funders Network: 1st Anniversary Celebration
Watch 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.
Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance: Rescuing Tiger King Park Big Cats
Turpentine 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.
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.
Pre-Health Dreamers: June 19th Online Conference
It’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.
Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement: New Research Collaboration Guide
Last 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.
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