NFG's Working Group on Place Based Community Change was merged into the Democratizing Development Program in 2017. The working group was dedicated to finding achievable solutions to building robust communities of opportunity. The group was challenged to uncover creative and effective ways to connect philanthropic organizations with practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and government personnel engaged and committed to the practice of comprehensive community change. To meet this challenge, NFG worked to mobilize resources that enabled us to appeal to members and non-members alike through direct outreach, convenings, collaborations, and advocacy.
By strengthening the efforts of our members to coalesce and form strategic alliances, we could explicitly improve the efficacy of place-based grantmaking strategies to engage more with communities and to address the structural implications of social, political, and economic inequities inherent in the revitalization process, particularly, in poor communities, underserved communities and communities of color.
NFG's Working Group on Place Based Community Change operated through three primary strategies:
- Organizing foundations with an interest in strengthening their place-based grant making approaches.
- Building a member-led working group for change through creating myriad opportunities for professional and personal growth.
- Sponsoring a robust calendar of events and activities that seeks to uncover and explore new ideas and innovative policies and programs.
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