At the Funders’ Network, we look to the future…to the public decisions communities and regions will have to make about what, where, and how to grow and change. Every one of those decisions is an opportunity to make our regions and communities even better.
But we have to look at the big picture, put all the options on the table, and decide together what’s best. To do that, residents need early and complete information and a chance to have a say. And what we decide together has to benefit the community as a whole—developers and taxpayers, people on this side of town and people on that side of town, current residents and future residents.
The Funders’ Network is a membership organization that helps grantmakers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities that offer everyone the chance for a good life. We believe that the suite of tools available to funders―investing, grantmaking, collaborating, convening, facilitating, and more―uniquely position them to lead the movement for smarter growth policies and practices that benefit both places and people.
The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the 2018 class of its PLACES leadership development program designed for professionals in philanthropy. This year-long fellowship program will offer coaching, tools, knowledge, and best practices to professionals in philanthropy that can enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.
Impact. That’s what every grantmaker seeks. But mention equity and diversity to the philanthropic community and often the conversation turns to the struggle of making outcomes match ideals. Work done in vulnerable and distressed communities often falls short of intended outcomes or doesn’t translate into lasting impact. Because the needs and perspectives of low-income communities, often comprised of people of color, have been systematically disregarded in decisionmaking about growth and development, the Funders’ Network developed the PLACES Fellowship. The PLACES Fellowship develops tools and provides resources to help funders understand and eliminate the disproportionate impact of these decisions.
In 2008, the Funders' Network launched PLACES (Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Smart Growth), its first philanthropic leadership development initiative. PLACES is designed as a year-long fellowship program that offers tools, knowledge and best practices to enhance funder grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. We are currently at 96 fellows and look forward to going over the 100 mark in 2017.
The deadline to apply for a 2018 PLACES Fellowship is Oct. 31, 2017
As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit the following:
• A resume or CV
• A letter of recommendation from your supervisor (may be sent under separate cover), including a commitment from executive leadership to follow up with a conversation with the fellow about growing their own internal equity discussions and practice
• Application essays
• Responses to the basic and demographic information asked for below