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.
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.
Based on research commissioned by the Funders’ Network, this report captures ActionMedia’s advice for advocates of better planning that improves communities and regions. The report includes communications guidelines, checklists, and pointers based on nationwide focus group research, media analysis, consultation with philanthropic funders, and a series of regional meetings and follow-up work with advocates and policymakers.
Sam Passmore of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation describes how the trend toward building new schools on large sites far from existing development centers—called “school sprawl” or “school giantism”—can have far-reaching impacts on school children, school districts, and the larger community.
Examples From The Field
The Vancouver Foundation approaches growth and livability issues in a holistic manner, piecing together a tapestry of grantmaking, innovation, and leadership efforts over the range of related issues.
William Fulton of Solimar Research Group and freelance writer Morris Newman argue that the arts have the potential to connect people within a community in new ways, to bring disparate people together, and to tap into a community's latent creativity.
David Goldberg of Smart Growth America explains how the efforts of funders to lift up disadvantaged children, youth, and families have been subverted by sprawling development patterns. Evidence is mounting that sprawl is also taking a toll on middle class children and families. The author contends that the smart growth movement offers a rare opportunity to unite the interests of both.