Webinar Recap - Systems Changes Towards Equity and Inclusion in the Midwest: Vision and Practical Grantmaking Steps

Sponsored by Woods Fund ChicagoZilber Family FoundationW.K. Kellogg FoundationNew York Foundation, and Neighborhood Funders Group.

Building safe, inclusive, and more equitable communities for low-income and communities of color becomes even more critical as cities and regions continue to develop and expand. In places like Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit, large populations of low-income black communities, immigrant communities, and others continue to be plagued with problems ranging from poor schools, low quality housing, and lack of job opportunities. However, community groups are continuing to work towards solutions that will improve lives in these places.

Working with these community groups to navigate the deep history of racially charged polices that have excluded communities, philanthropic institutions and leaders are forging ahead impactful place-based strategies that empower residents, build partnerships, and push towards more equitable change.

On May 25, 2017, Neighborhood Funders Group brought together four Midwest philanthropic leaders for a conversation on how they are working to improve neighborhoods and create economic opportunity for communities. The discussion explored topics including:

  • Strategies and approaches from Midwest funders to improve neighborhoods and create economic opportunities for underserved communities
  • How funders are addressing intersectional issues like immigration, jobs, poverty, violence, or others that link to equitable development, housing affordability, and community organizing/power-building
  • How philanthropic leaders are addressing racial justice and structural racism issues with their grantees

To learn more, please contact Nile Malloy, Senior Program Manager of NFG's Democratizing Development Program, at nile@nfg.org. See below for the recording and slides from the webinar.


  • Grace B. Hou, President, Woods Fund Chicago
  • Susan Lloyd, Executive Director, Zilber Family Foundation
  • Ed Egnatios, Program Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Kevin Ryan, Program Director, New York Foundation (moderator)