TFN Blog 

Looking for Progress: How Cedar Rapids is Connecting Growth and Opportunity

By Dr. Les Garner, Jr., President & CEO of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community FoundationApril 21, 2017

"Place-based funders need to serve as a convener for conversations designed to pinpoint critical missing program elements — and find the best way to use our limited resources and leverage private philanthropy to achieve a prosperous and equitable community."

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Invisible No More: Native Movement Building

By Jennifer Fairbanks, Communications Specialist for Native Americans in PhilanthropyApril 20, 2017

The movement first sparked by Standing Rock has created a Ferguson-like moment for the Native American community—but the issues and unique sovereign rights of Native Americans are often ignored or excluded, even in "woke" circles and spaces. Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) and more than 150 allies will gather in Los Angeles on May 6 for  Invisible No More: Native Movement Building, a summit and celebration that will focus on  major issues and innovations in Native American communities and across movements.

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Looking for Progress in America's Smaller Legacy Cities: Takeaways & Tools for Place-based Funders

By Alicia Kitsuse, The Funders' Network & Jeremiah P. Boyle, Federal Reserve Bank of ChicagoApril 11, 2017

Because place-based funders are so integrally linked to the history and prospects of the communities they serve, they have unique roles and responsibilities not only as funders, but as local institutions and innovators.

Looking for Progress in America's Smaller Legacy Cities: A Report for Place-based Funders looks at four cities and how place-based funders are helping in post-recession economic recovery - and offers five conclusions funders need to keep in mind. 


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2017 Annual Conference President's Message

By Funders' Network March 30, 2017

"We all know that there are no easy answers when we are looking at problems that stem from structural racism and inequality, which include obstacles to education, healthcare, affordable housing, economic prosperity, and opportunity in its many forms. But those difficult answers only come if we are willing to ask ourselves difficult questions:

• Are we thinking creatively about how we can change systems?
•  Are we breaking down silos and fostering collaboration?
• Are we working in ways that are interdisciplinary and intersectional?
•  Are we demanding accountability and more equitable outcomes?
• And are we the best allies and advocates we can be?
I believe that if you’ve taken the time to attend this conference, the answer is a resounding YES!" 

-Ben Starrett, president and CEO, Funders' Network 

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Annual Conference Spotlight: A Former Marine Turned Sustainability Crusader

By Tere Figueras Negrete, Communications DirectorFebruary 23, 2017

As a tough-talking Marine who trained as a fighter pilot and has done a stint inside the Pentagon, Col. Mark "Puck" Mykleby might seem like an unlikely ally in the battle over environmental stewardship and sustainable living. But Mykleby is not just an ally. He’s an undaunted crusader - and the Closing Plenary speaker at our TFN Annual Conferene in Saint Paul., Minn, March 20-22.

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