The Funders’ Network exists to inspire, strengthen and expand funding and philanthropic leadership that yield environmentally sustainable, socially equitable and economically prosperous regions and communities.
This paper examines the history and context of equitable transportation and the philanthropic efforts under way in four regions where funders are aligning with advocates and government agencies to shape once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure investments so they benefit low-income people and communities of color.
In 2012, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) commissioned Reconnecting America to conduct a national scan of transit-oriented development (TOD) activities across the United States. The goal of this scan was to assess the level of activity and momentum around TOD across the country. Of special interest was the role that funders are playing to influence TOD outcomes that are benefitting low- and moderate-income people--what we call equitable TOD--and drawing lessons from their experiences.
Cities coping with vacant land, food insecurity, and poor food access are increasingly turning to urban agriculture to overcome these and other problems. Authored by Kimberley Hodgson, this paper guides funders from urban agriculture's beginnings to entry points for funding. The paper also highlights examples of places where funder investment has made a difference.
This summary of focus group findings and recommendations from ActionMedia offers a framework and language for advancing public investment and land use and transportation decisions that address the needs of low-income communities.
Arthur C. Nelson of the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech explains overarching national and local market forces and demographic trends, explores emerging consumer preferences, and suggests a future research agenda to increase understanding of housing trends and human impacts.
With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) has worked with the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative to make the GHHI local sites more visible to the philanthropic community and, where possible, to provide information about the field of green and healthy affordable housing to GHHI's philanthropic partners. In response to a request from TFN members for information about the experience of raising funds for GHHI, TFN conducted a series of interviews in 2013 to understand a sampling of sites' experiences in this realm. This report is a summary of the findings from those interviews.
Examples From The Field
These case studies address a range of community foundation initiatives that are bringing together stakeholders to make college accessible, affordable, and attainable for non-traditional and traditional students. Commissioned and prepared by the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education, the case studies were written by Aleta Watson and Amy Rutledge.
Examples From The Field
This paper outlines the experiences of three places – the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and Baltimore – where funders have joined forces to attract and guide transit investments in equitable ways.
A team from the Center for Neighborhood Technology describes the relationship between the housing market and markets for energy and transportation and how these markets affect households and the environment. The paper offers funders a perspective on the relationship between housing issues (affordable housing, specifically), transportation and energy use, and environmental impacts and highlights best practices for consideration.
A team from ChildTrends examines how the characteristics of childrens' homes affect their health, social, and emotional well-being, and offers strategies for funders concerned with improving outcomes for children.