We’re thrilled to announce that applications for TFN’s 2023 PLACES Fellowship are now open!

PLACES — which stands for Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Sustainability — is a year-long learning journey designed to help grantmakers embed the values and practices of environmental, economic and racial justice into their work.

We encourage you to apply for the PLACES Fellowship if you’re looking to:

  • Expand your understanding of systemic racial, social and economic inequities and their impacts on policy, culture, communities and climate.
  • Acquire the tools and resources to embed the values of equity and justice in your work as a grantmaker.
  • Explore and challenge your own biases and blind spots, regardless of your background, about who you are and how you create change.
  • Forge deep connections with other leaders in philanthropy who are deeply committed to turning ideals into outcomes.
  • Invest in your personal and professional leadership growth.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 18, 2022 

→  View application and apply today!

About the 2023 PLACES Fellowship

The 2023 PLACES Fellowship will be an in-person experience, although we recognize that the ongoing coronavirus pandemic may require us to be flexible. (Applicants will be asked to complete a short COVID-19 Comfort and Safety Survey as part of their application.)

Key 2023 Fellowship Dates*

March 20-22: TFN Annual Conference, New Orleans

April 19-21: Kickoff Site Visit

June 21-23: Site Visit #2

Sept. 20-22: Site Visit #3

Nov. 15-17: Site Visit #4

*Dates are subject to change. Locations TBD.  

Fellowship Fees

For accepted participants, the following fees will apply:

TFN Members: $750

Non-members: $1,250

Fees help support the programmatic and operational costs associated with the fellowship, including but not limited to, speaker honoraria, facilitator fees and group transportation. Fellows will be responsible for travel costs and hotel accommodations for site visits. (Limited travel sponsorships will be available to offset travel costs and are subject to availability.)

COVID Contingencies

Given the uncertainties of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, TFN remains committed to prioritizing the safety of our fellows and the communities they serve.

We will be closely monitoring recommendations and mandates from local health officials as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as we plan for the 2023 PLACES Fellowship.

Please review TFN’s Covid Health & Safety Protocols for more information about our current policies.


TFN’s mission is to leverage philanthropy’s unique potential to help create communities and regions that are sustainable, prosperous and justice.

A key element to this organizational commitment: creating generations of courageous philanthropic leaders who are engaged, emboldened and equipped to bring about meaningful change.

Over the past decade, PLACES has welcomed 180 leaders in philanthropy committed to deepening their understanding of environmental, economic and racial justice. Translating those skills and knowledge into grantmaking and community engagement practices has taken on increased urgency as we navigate multiple, intersecting challenges: an escalating climate crisis, an ongoing pandemic and a widening wealth gap, all of which are causing disproportionate harm to communities of color.

Recent cohorts have addressed issues impacting disenfranchised communities, including structural racism, gender justice, health equity, environmental sustainability, economic development and community engagement — asking difficult questions and exploring uncomfortable truths along the way.

→ Meet the 2022 PLACES Fellows (pictured above on their site visit to Vermont.)


Grow Your Network!

By becoming a PLACES Fellow, you’ll also have opportunities to connect and collaborate with peers in the sector through the PLACES Alumni Network.

This amazing network is comprised of alums from all corners of the United States and Canada, representing national, regional, family, corporate, and community foundations as well as philanthropy serving organizations and other funding institutions.

PLACES X: Stories of Impact


For the 10th anniversary of TFN’s PLACES Fellowship, we asked PLACES alumni to share what inspires, motivates and challenges them in their efforts to embed the values of racial, social and economic equity into their work.

They shared their experiences through PLACES X: Stories of Impact, which includes essays and videos.

→  Explore the full multimedia project here.


Going PLACES Blogs

2018 PLACES fellows Andrea Hulighan, Kumar Raj and Suganthi Simon at their Vancouver site visit. Photo credit: Andrea Hulighan

After each PLACES site visit, we ask the fellows to reflect on their experiences in our blog series Going PLACES. Check out some highlights from our PLACES alumni.


→ Going PLACES – Trading Palm Fronds for Maple Leaves: What Two Demographically Distinct States can Learn from Each Other | By Xan Avendaño, 2022 PLACES Fellow and Program Officer at The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.


→ Going PLACES: What the Newark Rebellion can teach us about Philanthropy | By Grace Chung, Senior Community Development Officer, LISC New York City and 2019 PLACES Fellow.


→ Going PLACES: Becoming A Change Agent | By Andrea Hulighan, Director, Strategic Initiatives, The Winston-Salem Foundation, and 2018 PLACES Fellow.