GREEN & Urban Water Funders: Time to Register for #TFN2022!

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As TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment is fast approaching, we wanted to lift up a few events that may be of interest.

Below are some agenda highlights that we hope connect to your work — many of which feature funders that are involved with our GREEN and Urban Water Funders working groups.

TFN2022 sessions are meant to be intersectional and cross-cutting. Our San Diego conference, which takes place March 14 to 16, will give funders an opportunity to address interrelated challenges that impact people and communities, such as climate mitigation, community resilience and infrastructure.

Take a look at our preliminary TFN2022 Conference Agenda to see what else we'll be learning in San Diego!


Day 1 | Monday March 14

*Concurrent Breakout Sessions*

Creative Financing for Equitable Climate Resilience: What Funders Need to Know | 2 PM PT

     

Join us for a dynamic conversation on how foundations can deploy their resources — including money, influence and relationships — to help develop investment ecosystems that enable capital to flow to equitable climate resilience efforts.

We’ll learn about the Center for Community Investment's (CCI) recent publication, Seeding Climate Resilience Through Equitable Investment, which offers case studies of successful climate resilience investments, including the role of philanthropy, surfacing a set of strategies that take aim at the systems underlying the inequitable distribution of risk.

Featured Speakers: 

Joining us in conversation (pictured above from left):

Saneta deVuono-powellCo-Founder and Partner, GroundWorks Consulting 

Paulina LópezExecutive Director, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition 

Alberto J. RodríguezStrategic Advisor, Duwamish Valley, City of Seattle 

Omar Carrillo TinajeroDirector of Innovation and Learning, Center for Community InvestmentPLACES 2020 Fellow (Moderator)


Demanding Equity & Justice in Federal/State Water Investments | 2 PM PT

Water infrastructure is an environmental justice issue: For years, community and justice leaders have warned about the woefully dangerous state of our water infrastructure. The impacts of these broken and failing systems fall especially hard on BIPOC and low-income communities.

This session will feature leaders from the Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus, co-chaired by PolicyLink and the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, who will share how they have built strategy, peer power, policy momentum and equitable change for their communities. They’ll share how this work is influencing key federal policy opportunities — and how philanthropy is partnering with them to level up these efforts.

Featured Speakers:

Monica Lewis-PatrickPresident & CEO, We the People 

Nayyirah Shariffindividual

Mariana Del Valle Prieto CervantesWater Equity and Ocean Program Director, Green Latinos 

Alesandra NájeraProgram Officer, Water Foundation (Moderator) 


Day 2 | Tuesday, March 15

*Concurrent Breakout Sessions*

The Future of Climate Action is Latinx | 10:30 AM PT

Join us for an intergenerational conversation led by Latinx youth leaders at the forefront of the climate movement, in dialogue with more veteran members of the Latinx community, on the future of climate action.

Featured Speakers: 

Paloma AguirreCity of Imperial Beach Councilwoman and Senior Program Officer for International Community Foundation 

Mary Skelton RobertsSenior VP for Programs, Energy Foundation2011 PLACES Fellow

Denisce Sarai PalaciosJolt Action (Moderator) 


Participatory Grantmaking: Investing in Shared Power and Community Listening | 10:30 AM PT

This session will explore how to create an authentic participatory grantmaking fund, how these funds are structured and governed, and how they are working to support BIPOC leaders. You will hear from fund grantees, foundation staff who manage these funds, and funders who worked with their foundation boards and grantmaking colleagues to establish the funds.

Featured Speakers: 

Alicia SmithExecutive Director, Junction Coalition

Crystal M.C. DavisVice President of Policy & Strategic Engagement, Alliance for the Great Lakes


People, Parks & Power: Movement Building for Park & Green Space Equity | 10:30 AM PT

This session features advocates and public agency leaders at the vanguard of the park equity movement who are working to ensure that disinvested, park deficient communities are fair, just, and green. We’ll learn how funders can support park equity work, including a look at a new, joint national funding initiative of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, “People, Parks, and Power.”

Featured Speakers: 

Sean WattsOwner, SM Watts Consulting 

Sandra CeledonPresident and CEO, Fresno Building Healthy Communities 

Clement LauDepartmental Facilities Planner, Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation & Los Angeles County Regional Parks and Open Space District 

Elva YanezDirector of Health Equity, Prevention Institute (Moderator) 


Day 3 | Wednesday March 16

Equity Investments Go National: What We Can Learn from California's Bold Experiment | 9 AM PT

   

The session will explore lessons from California’s bold experiment as this climate justice greenlining approach goes national. Funders will hear from several community-grounded experts involved in the California program. We’ll also hear a national perspective on a similar initiative proposed by the Biden Administration: “Justice40,” which aims to deliver 40 percent of benefits from relevant federal investments to disadvantaged communities, using the EPA’s data screen. The session will update funders on how this initiative is redirecting billions of federal dollars into climate, health and equity work. (Please note the title of this session was updated Feb. 10)

Featured Speakers: 

Joining us in conversation (pictured above from left):

Hana G. Creger, Senior Program Manager, Climate Equity, Greenlining Institute 

Diane TakvorianExecutive Director, Environmental Health Coalition 

Ben RussakDirector of Public Partnerships, Liberty Hill Foundation (Moderator) 


 

Click here to register for TFN 2022!

Be sure to check out the #TFN2022 Annual Conference webpage for updates to the agenda, health and safety protocols and venue information.


Join our PLACES Alumni at #TFN2022!

Register now for #TFN2022!

TFN’s 2022 Annual Conference: Seize the Moment is an opportunity to come together after more than a year of disruption to share how philanthropy can effectively and equitably deploy resources where they are most needed.

TFN’s PLACES Fellowship has been giving leaders in philanthropy the tools they need to embed equity into both their professional and personal lives for over a decade. Join us in San Diego as we share strategies and stories that are helping move our communities toward justice.

Below, are some agenda highlights featuring PLACES alumni and sessions that may be of interest.

TFN2022 sessions are designed to be intersectional, cross-cutting and grounded in racial equity and speak to activism, collaboration and movement building. Take a look at our preliminary TFN2022 Conference Agenda to see what else we'll be learning in San Diego!

Day 1 | Monday, March 14

*Concurrent Breakout Sessions*

Why Are All of the Black Philanthropists Sitting Together at the Conference? | 2 PM PT

 

Taking a page from Beverly Daniel Tatum’s book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race, we’ll create a space for honest conversation about and reflections on the specific experiences of Black funders working in philanthropy.

Alumni of TFN’s 2020 PLACES Fellowship will deliver a Black Girl Magic experience designed to unpack Blackness in a white context. During this interactive session, attendees will join in on a point/counterpoint discussion examining the question: Why Are All of the Black Funders Sitting Together at the Conference?

Joining us in conversation (pictured above from left):

Le Anne Alexander, Advisor, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, 2020 PLACES Fellow
Rayana Grace, Program Officer, Island Foundation, 2020 PLACES Fellow


Creative Financing for Equitable Climate Resilience: What Funders Need to Know | 2 PM PT

Join us for a dynamic conversation on how foundations can deploy their resources — including money, influence and relationships — to help develop investment ecosystems that enable capital to flow to equitable climate resilience efforts.

We’ll learn about the Center for Community Investment's (CCI) recent publication, Seeding Climate Resilience Through Equitable Investment, which offers case studies of successful climate resilience investments, including the role of philanthropy, surfacing a set of strategies that take aim at the systems underlying the inequitable distribution of risk.

Featured Speakers: 

Saneta deVuono-powell, Co-Founder and Partner, GroundWorks Consulting 
Paulina López, Executive Director, Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition 
Alberto J. Rodríguez, Strategic Advisor, Duwamish Valley, City of Seattle 
Omar Carrillo Tinajero, Director of Innovation and Learning, Center for Community Investment, PLACES 2020 Fellow (Moderator) 


Rebalancing Power & Profit in Rural America's Communities of Color | 2 PM PT

Rural America, especially communities of color, face the highest rates of poverty and disinvestment in the U.S. Eighty-five percent of “persistent poverty counties” — defined as having a population of 20 percent or more living at or below the poverty line for at least 30 years — are rural. One in four children in rural America lives in poverty. But these communities receive minimal investment from federal sources and receive less than 8 percent of philanthropic giving. We’ll hear from community developers and Community Development Financial Institutions working in rural areas, with a focus not only on the challenges facing these regions — but the innovations needed to truly support rural communities of color.

Featured Speakers: 

Lakota Vogel, Executive Director, Four Bands Community Fund 
Jackie Pata, President/CEO, Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority 
Susan Anderson, Senior Director, Enterprise Community Partners (Moderator)


Dismantling House Segregation: A Land-use Policy Roadmap for Systemic Change | 2 PM PT

This interactive session will explore the role of state and local land-use policies in creating and maintaining racial segregation. We’ll also examine how coordinated legal advocacy, organizing and public education can create structural change that enables Black, Latinx and other people of color to equitably access historically exclusionary communities and retain equity in gentrifying neighborhoods.

Joining us in conversation (pictured above from left):

Adam Gordon, Executive Director, Fair Share Housing Center 
Cashauna Hill, Executive Director, Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
Samuel Tepperman-Gelfant, Managing Attorney, Public Advocates
Jennifer Martinez, Director of Advocacy for Housing Affordability at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) (Moderator)


Plenary | Trust-making: Building Equity, Belonging & Community | 4 PM PT

Join us for an interactive, peer-to-peer experience crafted by Marnita’s Table, a mission-driven nonprofit that brings people together to find common ground on important public policy issues.  We’ll learn about the organization’s Intentional Social Interaction (“IZI”) model that helps individuals, businesses, NGOs and government agencies achieve equity and inclusion goals.

Marnita Schroedl, CEO, Marnita's Table 
Lauren Williams, Director of Learning, Marnita's Table 


Day 2 | Tuesday, March 15

*Concurrent Breakout Sessions*

The Future of Climate Action is Latinx | 10:30 AM PT

Join us for an intergenerational conversation led by Latinx youth leaders at the forefront of the climate movement, in dialogue with more veteran members of the Latinx community, on the future of climate action.

Featured Speakers: 

Paloma Aguirre, City of Imperial Beach Councilwoman and Senior Program Officer for International Community Foundation
Mary Skelton Roberts, Senior VP for Programs, Energy Foundation, 2011 PLACES Fellow
Denisce Sarai Palacios, Jolt Action (Moderator) 


Participatory Grantmaking: Investing in Shared Power and Community Listening | 10:30 AM PT

This session will explore how to create an authentic participatory grantmaking fund, how these funds are structured and governed, and how they are working to support BIPOC leaders. You will hear from fund grantees, foundation staff who manage these funds, and funders who worked with their foundation boards and grantmaking colleagues to establish the funds.

Featured Speakers: 

Alicia Smith, Executive Director, Junction Coalition
Crystal M.C. Davis, Vice President of Policy & Strategic Engagement, Alliance for the Great Lakes


Day 3 | Wednesday, March 16

Flash Talk | 10:50 AM PT

Norma Chávez-Peterson, ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, will join us for a Flash Talk sharing her insights on the ongoing fight for civil liberties and justice for marginalized people — and why funders need to step up and “seize the moment” in this pivotal and fragile moment in American democracy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out the #TFN2022 Annual Conference webpage for updates to the agenda, health and safety protocols and venue information.

Register today! 


Five Communities Receive Partners for Places Mini Grants

BY TFN STAFF

The Funders Network, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is excited to announce the latest round of Partners for Places Mini Grants. These grants are intended to help local governments, place-based funders and frontline community-led groups build relationships, align project ideas, and center racial equity in water, sustainability and climate action work.  

The Partners for Places Mini Grants are designed to spark new relationships or deepen existing connections that will help communities develop a successful Partners for Places project application in the future.  

Partners for Places is a matching grant program that improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government leaders, community groups and place-based funders. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to advance efforts to create communities that are sustainable, prosperous and just. These sustainability efforts take place from coast to coast, in communities both large and small and focus largely on empowering and engaging low-income neighborhoods.    

These five communities have received Partners for Places Mini Grants:

Essex County, Mass.:

Amount: $8,000
Project title: Data/Synthesis: Environmental Justice in Essex County
Project Description: This grant will be used to map environmental justice challenges across 34 cities and towns in Essex County, Mass., using a data-driven, integrated approach that identifies risk areas; highlights racial/ethnic inequities; and provides a county-wide summary of needs, challenges and interventions. 
Frontline community-led groupGroundwork Lawrence 
Funder partner: Essex County Community Foundation 

Fort Collins, Colo.:

Amount: $10,000
Project title: Reimagining a Sustainable Business Program
Project Description: This grant will be used to support the efforts of partner organizations to identify and build relationships with historically underrepresented business owners with support from frontline community-led group(s). Together, they will work to create a Partners for Places matching grant proposal for an equitable, community-driven sustainable business program and capacity building process.
Frontline community-led groupBIPOC Alliance
Funder partner: Community Foundation of Northern Colorado 

Missoula, Mont.:

Amount: $10,000
Project title: Integrating Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Resiliency Planning
Project Description: This grant will support the development of emergent relationships between partner organizations. The grant will also be used to help identify ways in which the groups can work together and pursue funding opportunities to integrate traditional ecological knowledge and climate adaptation strategies, especially in the implementation of county-wide climate resiliency plan, Climate Ready Missoula.
Frontline community-led groupAll Nations Health Center 
Funder partner: Headwaters Foundation 

Pittsburgh, Pa.:

Amount: $10,000
Project title: Connecting Pittsburgh’s West End to the Riverfronts
Project Description: This grant will be used to build on a strong partnership with the City of Pittsburgh’s Office of Resilience and strengthen emerging relationships with frontline organizations in the city’s West End. It will build a foundation for connecting the community to Pittsburgh’s 15-mile, 1,050-acre “Loop” system of trails, parks and public open space.
Frontline community-led groupH.O.P.E. for Tomorrow, Inc.Riverlife
Funder partner: The Heinz Endowments 

Westland, Mich.:

Amount: $10,000
Project title: Lower Rouge River Water Trail Leadership Committee
Project Description: This grant will help ensure the Lower Rouge River Water Trail Leadership Committee reflects the diversity of the communities aligned with the water trail, and will be used to facilitate strategic planning meetings, community outreach and engagement. 
Frontline community-led group: The Norwayne Community Citizens Council; Friends of the Rouge
Funder partner: Lower Rouge River Water Trail Leadership Committee 

About Partners for Places

Partners for Places will help turn Chicago schoolyards into vibrant green spaces for play and learning. Photo credit: Space to Grow

To date, Partners for Places has awarded over $8.5 million across North America in this successful matching grant program, leading to over $18 million in investments.  

The matching grant program brings national funder investors together with place-based funders to support equitable sustainable climate action and green stormwater infrastructure projects. The program is currently supported by five investor foundations: The JPB FoundationKendeda FundThe Kresge FoundationNew York Community Trust and the Pisces Foundation. 

Read about the latest round of Partners for Places matching grant recipients here. 

To learn about the previous round of Partners for Places Mini Grants, visit here. (All grant announcements can be found on the Partners for Places webpage.) 

For questions about the Partners for Places Mini Grants or matching grants program, please reach out to Ashley Quintana. 

Partners for Places FAQ's

→ Where is Partners for Places making an impact?
Read previous grant announcements and explore the Partners for Places Grantee Map here. 

→ Where can I learn about completed Partners for Places projects?
Visit the Partners for Places Idea Bank to explore what grantees are doing, learning and sharing. 

→ When is the next round of Partners for Places matching grants?
Partners for Places will open a new round of funding in late February 2022. 

For more information about Partners for Places, please reach out to Ashley Quintana, ashley@fundersnetwork.org.