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Action Req'd: Post an end-of-year "What's Update"
Published on December 1, 2022 by Nathan Hewitt

What's up, folks?

The Open Collective Foundation team invites (read: requires 🙃) each Collective to reflect on 2022 in the form of a public "What's Update" by the Winter Solstice, December 21. 

Three questions


We have three broad questions we would like you to answer:
  1. What did you accomplish during 2022? How did you use money?
  2. What challenges did you face during 2022? What did your Collective learn? How did you change or grow
  3. What are your plans for 2023? Anything exciting coming up?
The first question is for our annual required audit, and is also required via the fiscal sponsorship agreement. We have the financial data in the platform, of course, but we also need a narrative description of what your Collective accomplished in the last year to go alongside it (even if the answer is "not much"). The others are for our team to learn from you and better support you moving forward.

Any format


We invite you to get creative! Feel free to link to a video, voice note, social media post, written essay, blog post, or some other format (spreadsheet essay, anyone? no?). Do whatever is most comfortable for you, answering the three above questions.

Let's party


If you can't tell already, we want this to be (as) fun (as possible). We want to use this as an opportunity to celebrate you! So, my colleague Sadé will be throwing an "Update Party" this coming Tuesday, Dec. 6th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time. Please come and work on your what's update alongside other OCF Collective Admins! Drop in for a few minutes to do the work, or stay the whole time. All are welcome. RSVP at the event link here.

Questions?


Email us at [email protected] 

Best,
Nathan and the OCF Team


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Ann Marie Utratel

Posted on December 14, 2022

Hi Nathan and folks/friends - We got the message and because of various things including time zones, couldn't attend, and we've also had a streak of flu running through the team. But we have our report well under way and will upload in a few days. Thanks for all your hard work and your whole team's support is much appreciated by DisCO. Sending warm and germ-free virtual hugs, stay healthy. 

Ann Marie

My Black City

Posted on December 22, 2022

We had a rebuilding year as we relaunched in San Diego County, California. We had about 60 people join our Interest meeting in July. We recorded the interest meeting ( Watch Here)  Then in October, we had 120 people attend our Network & Relax event that featured a Black Art Gallery with 15 Black artists from around San Diego County.  The event also had 10 vendors, and a musical performance. the goal of the event was to connect our local black community together, which was a success. Everyone that attended was taught the skill of networking and challenged to get to know 5 other people that attended.  Teaching networking is one of the main skills that we promote to help build community

Here is a picture from our last event in San Diego, Network & Relax + Black Art Gallery.  We also had a professional film crew attend and recorded testimonials from the event.  we are working on that for promotional material for next year's event.

Here is the video that we shared at the event, made by some of the attendees and members of our new chapter, that also were in attendance at the Network & Relax Event. WATCH VIDEO

This event helped set the foundation for 4 events we will be hosting in San Diego County in 2023.   the 4 events are a Network & Relax+ Black art Gallery in Vista,CA. A Black Men's Mental health Seminar in San Marcos, CA. An Earth Day 5k in Vista, CA & Virtual. and a Family Beach Skate & Music Party in Oceanside, CA

We will also closely partner with Beleaf In Fatherhood( A Black Social Media influencer with +2million subscriber) for our local community initiatives in San Diego County in 2023.  You can learn more about the at beleafinfatherhood.com


Our local network is growing in San Diego County!

We also had three high school interns for the last 6 months, who have been doing interviews in the local black community in Colorado Springs with our partners through the SACHS Foundation.  The interns are with us for a year.  They are producing a local Black Publication for Colorado Springs, which will be in print and digital.

Thank you Open Collective Foundation, for your Support!

Brandon & Jini Bornes (+4 kids)
Founders of My Black City

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