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#StayWoke Philanthropy: Owning our role as the system

By Alex Camardelle, The Annie E. Casey FoundationMay 19, 2017

For years, I have escaped to the beaches of Miami, Florida as an outsider looking to steal some fun in the sun. But thanks to an immersive site visit with the 2017 cohort of PLACES fellows, I possess a greater appreciation and understanding of Miami as a place filled with a rich mix of history and culture unparalleled by any other city in the country. Our time in Miami made the most of my senses, whether it was during our emotional grounding exercise on the sunny shore of Historic Virginia Key where we got to know one another personally, or during our savory Caribbean lunch at Clive’s Cafe in Little Haiti.



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Going PLACES: TFN’s new PLACES blog series!

By Dion Cartwright, The Funders' NetworkMay 18, 2017

The Funders’ Network PLACES fellowship program gives participants from around the country an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and growth related to issues of race, class and ethnicity. It was created to provide those working in philanthropy the tools, resources, and best practices needed to increase their effectiveness as grantmakers through coaching, leadership development and skill-building. At the heart of PLACES is the opportunity to learn from place and engage with communities across the country.

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New Partners for Places Grantees Announced!

By Ann Fowler Wallace, Director of ProgramsMay 04, 2017

Sustainability Efforts in 15 Cities Get $1.7 Million in New Funding

From South Florida to the Pacific Northwest, 15 cities are getting $1.7 million to support sustainability efforts thanks to the Partners for Places matching grants program. Meet the newest round of Partners for Places grantees.

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Looking for Progress: Exploring the Connection Between Economic Growth and Opportunity

By Torey Hollingsworth, Manager of Research and Policy for the Greater Ohio Policy CenterMay 03, 2017

The Greater Ohio Policy Center (GOPC), a non-profit, non-partisan organization which strives to advance sustainable development and economic growth, featured Looking For Progress in America's Smaller Legacy Cities: A Report for Place-based Funders in a recent blog post.

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On Self-Care and Resiliency in Racial Equity Work

By Martha Cecilia Ovadia, The Funders' Network & Bina M. Patel, Saathi Impact Consulting April 27, 2017

Bina M. Patel of Saathi Impact Consulting and former PLACES fellow shares some brief tips on doing racial equity work from her module at the PLACES alumni gathering at The Funders’ Network 2017 Conference in Saint Paul, Minneapolis.

The point of self-care is to create the conditions for you to continue taking action towards progress everyday – to keep coming back. Self care is about creating resiliency in service of a greater good.

-Bina M. Patel

1. Be mindful of the space:  Do you sit at a table with leadership at the front? Could you disrupt the power setup with a circular table or a different space that can disrupt the centered whiteness paradigm? This is a simple way to breakdown the power dynamic that most of us experience when we walk into a room or meeting. Another simple way is to ask ourselves, “How do we respond to emails or to those speaking up in meetings? Could we respond in a way that does not perpetuate systems of power? Also, am I perpetuating systems of power myself with how I interact and work with those around me?” While practicing compassion and self-care is imperative, it is also crucial not to normalize or enable inequity and racism—and this includes not only questioning those in power, but ourselves.

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