A Transformed Black Belt

Our vision is of a transformed Black Belt, where all of our people live and work in healthy, prosperous, inclusive, educated, creative and giving communities.


We seek to consolidate many region-wide improvement efforts into a common effort with this mission: “To forge a collective stream of giving from the community and other sources so we, the people of the Black Belt, can enhance our continuing efforts by taking what we have to make what we need.”


  • We place the community as our highest priority.
  • We value the strengths of a multi-faceted community where economic, racial and social justice are universally practiced.
  • We value relationships and connections that build trust.
  • We value integrity, inclusion and transparency in both grant-making and stewardship of resources.
  • We value community leadership in acquiring and sharing knowledge.
  • We value engagement in best practices and innovative modes of service.