Member Directory

The Sum

Address 1321 E. Market Street
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
Phone (434) 260-9377
Website https://www.thesum.org
Primary Contact J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros
Primary Email jelliottcisneros@thesum.org
Executive Director J. Elliott Butler-Cisneros
Primary Focus Area Other
Service Areas
  • Augusta
  • Albemarle
  • Buckingham
  • Charlottesville
  • Fluvanna
  • Greene
  • Louisa
  • Madison
  • Nelson
  • Orange
  • Statewide
  • National
  • International
  • Online offerings

Mission Statement

Supporting people and organizations to BE THE CHANGE
with the "Power of Difference" Assessment and Training
for a just and thriving life, organization, and a world where no one stands alone.


We provide assessment and training to support people in integrating our unconscious patterns regarding race, sexual orientation, religion, culture, class, gender, and dis/ability...for greater: effectiveness, impact, and solidarity across our differences; pride without prejudice; ability to refuse both silence and violence; capacity to catalyze meaningful systemic change w/o effort; greater clarity, purpose, passion; accountability w/o blame or shame.

Giving Opportunities

Opportunity 1
Title:Group Assessment Online Scoring Development - Power of Difference Assessment
Description:The Power of Difference Assessment was recently studied by North Carolina State University and found to be a valid and reliable measure of unconscious patterns related to gender, class, sexual orientation, dis/ability, religion, race, and culture. Currently the assessment is designed to be automatically scored for a single user. We are expanding that capacity so that groups can take the assessment and a group score will be automatically tabulated. We are working with a technician to redesign our Amazon Web Services system to make this possible.
Project TimelineWe hope to have this completed by November 1