Christiansburg Institute

A nonprofit organization

$2,820 raised by 31 donors

28% complete

$10,000 Goal

  Education | Preservation | Empowerment 

Investing in Relationships

Christiansburg Institute, Inc. (CI, Inc.) values the importance of investing in relationships with passionate and talented individuals, community partners, and institutions committed to the preservation and honest telling of African American history, stories, and culture.

Just as importantly, we also recognize and value the responsible stewardship that those kinds of meaningful investments in relationships require.

Use of Donated Funds

Donated funds will serve to demonstrate the powerful investment that relationships have and represent, and how those investments in relationships translates into shared mission success. Your generous giving will support the day-to-day operations of running a nonprofit and ‘keeping the lights on’. 

Donated funds may also be used for: collections care, artifact maintenance and processing, the creation of new curated exhibits and educational content, public programming, and community outreach.


| Christiansburg Institute, Inc. (CI, Inc.) is a grassroots, education and cultural heritage 501(c) nonprofit organization with a mission of community education, intergenerational empowerment, and the responsible stewardship of African American history, stories, and sites of cultural significance in rural Appalachia | 

CI, Inc. is managed by a 15-member Board of Directors and operated by a full-time Executive Director responsible for leading an interdisciplinary 5-person paid staff and team of community organizers and planners, museum curators, public historians, researchers, student interns and community volunteers. We're Headquartered in Montgomery County, Virginia, where we run a community-based museum and learning center that's open to the public with weekly hours of operation. 

The museum, the Christiansburg Institute Museum & Archives (CIMA), features curated and interactive exhibits and highlights the 100-year story of the historic Christiansburg Industrial Institute while reinvestigating the experiences of African Americans in rural Appalachia from Slavery to Desegregation. CIMA also offers free scanning and digitization services, artifact maintenance and collections care, student internships and work study programs, field trips, and volunteer opportunities for community members. 

Our learning center, the Research Action Center (RAC), is committed to the responsible stewardship and active preservation of African American sites of cultural significance in rural Appalachian spaces, and includes a podcast recording studio, mapping software, WiFi, monitors, and collaborative desk space. 

Financial Stewardship

2022 Annual Report


Giving Activity

Organization Data


Organization name

Christiansburg Institute

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Arts & Culture


125 Arrowhead Trail, Suite F