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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5 Hot Causes for Donors in 2015

Chronicle of Philanthropy, January 15, 2015 - The Battle for Racial Justice: Grant makers are uniting to address racial-justice issues as tensions remain high following the failure of grand juries to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City. Funders for Justice, a new group of about 30 foundations and other groups affiliated with the Neighborhood Funders Group, has set up a website to publicize activities and promote giving to community organizers working on issues like police accountability. Lori Villarosa, executive director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, expects more philanthropic attention to changing demographics, for example the growing black populations in inner suburbs, and "implicit racial bias," or the negative associations people hold unconsciously about other races.

 

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Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation Asks: What is NFG?

Longtime NFG member and leader asked an important question: What is NFG? See how they answered. So many smiling faces from our friends in Arkansas!

"Like NFG, we see the need for philanthropy to advance social justice and community change. We share NFG's fundamental commitment to economic and social justice - to supporting people in low and bottom income communities, both urban and rural."

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Towards A Better Place: Resources for Effective Grantmaking & Comm

Check out this working document, curated by the Movement Strategy Center, Neighborhood Funders Group, and The Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. Write to us at nfg@nfg.org if you have additional resources to recommend. We also recommend a number of other place-based community change resources for grantmakers.

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Police Accountability: Organizing and Philanthropic Strategies

We have posted a number of resources for funders interested in learning more about the police accountability movement, related organizing and advocacy, and ways that funders might consider supporting the work. If you have questions or would like to recommend or offer additional postings, please write to us at nfg@nfg.org

 

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Unions, Activists Align on Affordable Housing

August 19, 2014 - A group of New York City construction unions have forged a coalition with affordable housing activists to ratchet up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to require organized labor in the building of 80,000 lower-cost apartment units over the next decade.

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7/23: Webinar on Climate Change


Webinar: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Noon-1:00 PM EDT

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

 

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Announcing Victor Quintana's Retirement and Open Position at the UU Veatch Program

Victor Quintana, who has worked with the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock since 1998, will retire as the Senior Program Officer/Assistant Director at the end of August 2014.

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Rise of the Renter Nation: Activists continue protest over housing access

By Jacqueline Tempera, Globe Correspondent - The Boston Globe, June 11, 2014. A coalition of community groups protested outside a foreclosed Dorchester home Tuesday and called for more affordable housing in Boston.

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