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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California Funders’ Convening on Gentrification and Displacement

On July 20, 2015, NFG partnered with the California Endowment, Ford Foundation, Common Counsel Foundation, and Smart Growth California to convene a day-long meeting for 70 funders and practitioners working on gentrification and displacement issues in California.

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JPMorgan Chase, Detroit Development Fund and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Announce $6.5 Million Loan Fund for Detroit’s Minority-Owned Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs of Color Fund will provide greater economic opportunity for small businesses that lack access to credit and primarily serve Detroit’s neighborhoods.

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Funder Coalition Calls for Building a Just and Resilient New Orleans

August 29, 2015, Philanthropy News Digest - While challenges such as entrenched poverty and overincarceration remain, funder collaborations, cross-sectoral partnerships, and community-based leadership and participation have helped transform New Orleans in the decade since Hurricane Katrina caused catastrophic damage to the city, a paper from the Greater New Orleans Funders Network argues.

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New Groundbreaking Reports: And Still I Rise/#BlackWorkersMatter

Check out this webinar from May 11th featuring the authors of the report, Kimberly Freeman Brown and Sean Thomas-Breitfeld!

Two new cutting edge and groundbreaking reports looking at the nexus of work, race, gender, and class were recently released at the conference State of Black Workers in America at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. The first report, And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders’ Voices, Power, and Promise is a photo-journalistic report written by Kimberly Freeman Brown designed to engage black women labor leaders and activists in exploring ways to leverage their organizing expertise for the preservation of the labor movement and the economic advancement of the black community. The heart of And Still I Rise is a collection of over 25 extensive interviews/oral histories with black women labor leaders, organizers, and rank-and-file union members and workers at different stages of their careers.  

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VICTORY: HUD Program Changes to Reduce Foreclosures and Increase Affordable Housing

April 24, 2015 - Exciting news from our partners at Right to the City, Center for Popular Democracy, and Alliance for Community Empowerment:

Following a six month campaign led by the community groups working with the Right to the City Alliance (RTC) and the Center for Popular Democracy (CPD), the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) of HUD announced significant changes to the Distressed Asset Stabilization Program (DASP).

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On Earth Day, Empowering Allies for the Year Ahead

People, Place and the Pope offer new hope for environmental progress

Rachel Leon, Environmental Grantmakers Association
Dennis Quirin, Neighborhood Funders Group

There is new hope for sustaining people, place, and planet on Earth Day’s 45th anniversary, as burgeoning voices for equity, community, and faith are rising to the forefront of the environmental movement. Is the philanthropic community poised to invest in these arenas so that we can maximize this moment of opportunity?

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Water Works: Building Partnerships to Create Jobs and Transform Communities

Please join the Surdna Foundation and the Neighborhood Funders Group in a special funder briefing and strategy session with water and wastewater utility leaders.

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Can place-based grantmaking help turn the tide of inequality?

By Dennis Quirin and Steve Patrick

Today we see many local communities – urban, suburban and rural - swamped by historic disinvestment and the growing tide of economic and social inequality in our country. Place-based grantmaking can play an important role in turning this tide,
but not without addressing the core structural barriers that have produced and propelled it. In local communities, addressing the lived experiences of people who are marginalized by racism, poverty, immigration status, gender discrimination, homophobia and disability will require many funders to retool their approaches to understanding and solving systemic community problems.

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