Who we are
The Sum is a non-profit organization that has been facilitating diversity workshops since its inception in 2006. Our vision is a world where no one stands alone. Our mission is to unleash the power of our differences: race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, and socio-economic class.
What we're here to do
In response to the stories, concerns, patterns, struggles, and confusion we have seen in our workshops over the years, we have distilled our work around race and racism into a 40 hour web-course--designed for white people--entitled “Dismantling Racism from the Inside Out.” This course will be will automatically individualized by our educational software to provide a series of supportive learning modules to address participant's unique needs and interests. And we will make it accessible to everyone on a sliding scale! For curriculum details see details at The Sum.
How you can help
We need your help to produce and disseminate this groundbreaking course!
1. Choose a level of financial support that would feel good to you- $1,000 or just $1, the numbers can add up! Remember, we are a non-profit so all donations are tax deductible!
2. Share this link on your social network sites: Facebook, text, email, Twitter, etc. Help get the word out!
3. Click the "like" button at the top of this page.
We deeply appreciate your support at any level and Thank YOU for helping to unleash the power of our differnces for a world where NO ONE STANDS ALONE!
Fundraising will occur in four phases. As each milestone is accomplished supporters have the option to see our progress through updates.
Phase 1 – EQUIP - $12k for video, lighting, and sound equipment, computer and editing software
Phase 2 – DEVELOP - $12k develop our unique educational software
Phase 3 – MAKE IT - $25k for videography, travel expenses, professional editing
Phase 4 – IMPLEMENT - $10k for professional to manage educational system for one year (after which time this cost will be funded by sliding scale fees).
Note: Any surplus will go toward the production of subsequent web-course projects--one for Educators and one called "Cultivating Diverse Community" for the general population. For budget details see The Sum.
Dear Friends and Family,
Thank you to everyone who donated and helped spread the word on our crowdfunding campaign. Today is the last day (so it’s not too late!).
We will keep this Go Fund Me page open as some of our donors will be giving a little each month…but no more emails! We will, however, let you know when the web-course is finished! We’ve raised the $3,325 with which we will be able to buy foundational video production equipment and software necessary to take the first step toward producing and disseminating our training: “Dismantling Racism from the Inside Out.”
We’ll start getting all of those rewards out to those who donated tomorrow!
Thanks again - We appreciate your support!
Warmly, J. Elliott and Dr. Carla J. Sherrell
Best Wishes, Dr. Carla Sherrell and J. Elliott Cisneros