Towards a More Resilient Place: Voices from the Convening

Last month, the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened 100 local, regional, and national funders for Towards a More Resilient Place: Promising Practices in Place-Based Philanthropy. This convening builds on our 2014 Towards a Better Place convening and our 2015 convening with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Is This a Better Place?, all intended to explore best practices in funding place-based community change. 

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“Advancing Together” the Democratizing Development Program

We launched NFG’s new Democratizing Development Program this summer with the goal of supporting our network to help create a shift in how development happens in cities and towns across the country. We are working toward a vision where low-income people and communities of color have actual decision-making ability to say what development looks like in their neighborhoods, and to define where and how they want to live. Here is a short list of what we have been up to.

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Nominate Labor Movement Leaders for the 2017 Discount Foundation Legacy Award!

Nominations are now open for 2017 Discount Foundation Legacy Award! Launched in 2015, the Discount Foundation Legacy Awards supports leading edge organizing in the worker justice arena. In partnership with Jobs with Justice and Funders for a Just Economy (a program of Neighborhood Funders Group), the Discount Legacy Award honors and supports an exemplary individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership to the workers' rights movement in the U.S. and abroad.

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Uprisings and Funding Needs

The past several days have brought more police killing of black people, more unjust court rulings, and more cities and communities rising up in collective power to demand justice. Say their names:

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Celebrating 20 Years of Leadership on Labor and Economic Justice

This Labor Day, we are celebrating a milestone—the 20th anniversary of the Working Group on Labor and Community Partnerships (WGLCP). What a feat!

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A Community-Centered Philanthropic Response to Louisiana Flooding

The recent flooding disaster in Louisiana is responsible for loss of life, major destruction of property, and significant impacts on safety in a region already struggling with disinvestment. Over 10,000 people are in shelters, and thousands more will return to damaged homes, neighborhoods, and communities.

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Backing Protests: Funders for Justice Answer Activist Movements' Call

Groups that emerged after Ferguson are mobilizing thousands of people for protests that develop with lightning speed and have dramatic impact. Their approach appeals to some grant makers.

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Leading with Power: #NFG2016 Conference Recap

Last month, over 300 funders and field leaders joined Neighborhood Funders Group in Oakland, CA, making it NFG's largest convening ever. Grounded by frontline leaders and organizers in social movements for racial and economic justice, the conference provided a dynamic space where funders listened deeply and talked frankly about how best to resource meaningful social change with community power building and innovative partnerships in the heart of these discussions. 

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Can you tackle poverty without taking on place?

Earlier this month, House Republicans released a new plan to fight poverty and social immobility. However, there is little mention of the role that place plays in perpetuating poverty or shaping economic opportunity. Growing research shows that geography plays a powerful role in determining life outcomes in the United States. This article discusses the importance of place on poverty and makes several policy recommendations.

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Innovative community land trust from Puerto Rico wins 2015-16 UN World Habitat Award

San Juan, Puerto Rico - The Fideicomiso de la Tierra del Caño Martín Peña, a community land trust from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, won the 2015-16 UN World Habitat Award, which honors innovative and replicable initiatives that address issues affecting human settlements.  The Award will be received during the third UN Habitat global summit, which takes place every 20 years.

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