Professionals Learning About Community, Equity & Smart Growth (PLACES)
2018 PLACES Fellowship: Apply Now
The deadline to apply for a 2018 PLACES Fellowship is Oct. 31, 2017.
About the PLACES Fellowship
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 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. As a result of participating in the PLACES program, fellows develop:
- An in-depth knowledge of how decisions about growth and development relate to issues of race/ethnicity/class;
- Tools and resources to help them increase their effectiveness as grantmakers;
- Exposure to best practices of grantmakers working in this field;
- Leadership development and skill building opportunities; and
- Expanded networking opportunities.
Download an application for the 2018 PLACES Fellowship program here.
PLACES Advisory Board
- Chan Brown, Kansas Health Foundation
- Susan Dobkins, Russell Family Foundation
- Alece Montez, Orton Family Foundation
- Surabhi Pandit, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
- Michael Shaw, The Kresge Foundation
- Mary Skelton Roberts, Barr Foundation
- Scot Spencer, Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Chris Stallworth, C.S. Mott Foundation
- Erik Takeshita, The Bush Foundation
- Todd Vogel, Loom Foundation
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2017 PLACES Fellows
- Alex Camardelle, Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Mordecai Cargill, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress
- Camille Cyprian, Greater Twin Cities United Way
- Mekaelia Davis, Prudential Foundation
- Michelle Huttenhoff, Knight Foundation
- Lisa Jacobson, Barr Foundation
- Patrick Johnson, Toledo Community Foundation
- Melanie Mitros, Vitalyst Health Foundation
- Tyler Nickerson, The Solutions Project
- Anne Laplante Phillips, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
- Marisa Aurora Quiroz, International Community Foundation
- Chantel M. Rush, The Kresge Foundations American Cities Practice
- Kelly Thompson, Community Foundation of Great River Bend
- Heather Smith, The Field Foundation of Illinois
- Jalonne L. White-Newsome, The Kresge Foundation
- Cheri Wright-Jones, Allegany Franciscan Ministries
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