Council Orientation

Welcome to the BIPOC Council! This page will explain how the Council operates and how you can contribute.

Can I Be a Member?

The only requirement for Council membership is that you identify as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color. We recognize that many BIPOC are white passing so trust you to accurately identify your heritage when participating in the Council. Council meetings are a safe space for BIPOC and not open to others. Non-BIPOC can email bipocfund@ic.org for updates or follow our progress on our website and social media.

How to Join

By joining the Google Group you become a member of the Council. Feel free to share this link with others who are interested: https://groups.google.com/g/bipoc-fund-council/about.

Once you join, add your name, picture, and a short biography to the Council Member page: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vjzd9FipuMIw32UtoeqMSml6KjXoU0oz_iQqMWSekKY/edit?usp=sharing

Member Responsibilities

As a Council member you are expected to participate in our activities and help fulfill our mission of supporting BIPOC-led intentional communities and those who want to join them. We have Council members from all over the world, so we recognize that you may not be able to attend all meetings and events. Read the group threads, Slack, and website updates and engage at the level you choose.

Meetings

Regular meetings are held the third Friday of every month from 4-5:30pm EST.

Zoom link for the meetings

Time zone converter

Any BIPOC is invited to participate in meetings. Subcommittee meetings are scheduled over email or in Slack.

Slack

We use Slack to communicate offline. Use this link to join the Slack.

Facebook Group

This Facebook group is used to communicate with BIPOC interested in intentional community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/694173774471580

Active Membership

Active Members are defined as members who attend a Council meeting once per quarter or participate in an offline discussion (Google Groups, email, or Slack) once per quarter. Active Members are those who will review and approve funding applications to communities and individuals.

Conflicts of Interest

We recognize that Council members are also community members who may be interested in funding. If you are part of a community that has applied for funding, you must recuse yourself from discussions involving support for that community. Once the amount and type of support has been approved, you can again participate in discussions about that community.

Apply for Funds

If you are interested in applying for funding for your community or as an individual, click here.

Relationship with FIC

The Foundation for Intentional Community is the originator and fiscal sponsor of the Council. FIC takes donations and disburses funds on behalf of the Council, but the Council operates independently of FIC. The Council gives regular updates to the Board of Directors and works with staff to share information and cross promote events.

Council members are encouraged to attend FIC events using the coupon code YUNZUBM4 to get 50% off the event price. It also works for the five week courses.

Memorandum of Understanding with Foundation for Intentional Community

Important Documents

All the below links will give you editor access to the documents. Please do not edit them without notifying the document owner. We will often work asynchronously so feel free leave suggestions or comments in the document instead of editing it.

Meeting agenda and minutes from past meetings

Application process subcommittee minutes

Networking subcommittee minutes

Support call script

Mission statement working doc

Membership structure and application process

Needs matrix for applying communities

Survey results part 1 and part 2