Are You the Future of Philanthropy? Apply for a 2018 TFN PLACES Fellowship!

Grow your network. Lead the way. Be the change.

Our PLACES Fellowship is a transformational leadership development experience that gives professionals in philanthropy the tools, knowledge, and best practices needed to embed an equity lens into their work.

PLACES fellows embark on a year-long process focused on creating more equitable neighborhoods and communities — and learning how to turn ideals into outcomes.

PLACES Fellows:
▪ Are dedicated to creating more equitable, diverse and inclusive neighborhoods and communities.
▪ Want to build peer relationships with other leaders in philanthropy.
▪ Have a broad range of philanthropic experience, come from diverse backgrounds, and hail from cities and communities both large and small.
▪ Are passionate about solving problems related to community, equity, and smart growth.
▪ Want to enhance grantmaking decisions in ways that are responsive to the needs and assets of historically marginalized communities, most specifically low-income neighborhoods and communities of color.

Learn More About PLACES:
▪ Meet our 2017 PLACES cohort.
▪ Visit the TFN blog for reflections written by PLACES fellows.
▪ Read about the PLACES Fellowship, and TFN's commitment to supporting the values of equity and inclusion.

The deadline to apply for TFN's 2018 PLACES Fellowship is Oct. 31, 2017. Download an application here!

Save the Date! Charting a Climate, Health, and Equity Agenda

Save the Date!

Charting a Climate, Health, and Equity Agenda: Investing in Those Most Impacted to Improve Health and the Environment

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Detroit, Mich.


Every community faces serious health, water, air, and infrastructure challenges from climate change and the forces driving it. But climate change also represents a historic opportunity to make a positive, even transformational, difference in people’s health in the decades to come. Children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, low-income rural and urban communities, people of color, indigenous communities, and immigrants are especially vulnerable to the potentially severe health impacts of climate change. Imagine the possibilities for Americans’ health and our climate if the people and communities most impacted mobilize with allies to gain greater control over decisions shaping health outcomes, energy choices, and environmental quality.

Join us for a full day program drawing together an array of funders interested in health, the environment, racial and gender equity, climate and energy, water, urban and rural communities, smart growth, and related areas to:

▪ Break down silos and build common ground for collaboration around shared goals;
▪ Hear from affected communities about how they’re mobilizing to improve their health and environmental quality;
▪ Explore “co-benefit” projects making progress across a range of climate, health, and equity goals;
▪ Learn from recent communications research about effective ways to talk about climate and health; and
▪ Get out into Detroit neighborhoods to see how people are experiencing these issues in their lives.

Stay in Detroit through Nov. 15 for a local site visit focused on climate, health, and equity and for the Health and Environmental Funders Network's annual meeting Nov. 15-16.

Charting a Climate, Health, and Equity Agenda is co-sponsored by the Climate and Energy Funders Group/CGBD, Environmental Grantmakers Association, Grantmakers In Health, Health and Environmental Funders Network, and The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

Registration and hotel information coming shortly.

Support for Climate Action and Paris Agreement Goals

As part of  our ongoing commitment to helping philanthropy build sustainable, resilient and prosperous communities, TFN, along with other affinity groups, recently released this joint letter encouraging funders to show their support for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change:

Dear Philanthropy Colleagues,
On behalf of Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity (CGBD) with its Climate and Energy Funders Group program, The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN), and our other sister affinity groups, we want to encourage willing foundations to affirm their support for continued climate action towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

There are a number of ways for foundations to show support, including participation in joint efforts like the “We Are Still In” open letter, alongside more than 900 businesses and investors, 100 mayors, and 150 universities. If you are interested in signing on, you can register via this link.

In addition to signing on to this letter, foundations from our shared communities and beyond have also recently released statements regarding the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. You can find an initial round-up of those statements here.

We look forward to upcoming collaborations with member foundations and partnering networks as we continue to support efforts towards a strong climate action plan, both in the U.S. and globally.

Stormwater Funders' Group: Workforce and Green Infrastructure Webinar

As the field of green infrastructure expands, a qualified workforce is needed to design, install and maintain green stormwater practices.

Join TFN's Stormwater Funders' Group for its quarterly learning webinar, "Workforce and Green Infrastructure," Tuesday, June 20, at 3 p.m. ET/ noon PT.

Jobs For the Future recently examined the workforce needed to support the demand for green infrastructure systems in its report, Exploring the Green Infrastructure Work Force. During the webinar, report author Sara Lamback will share results from the study, including valuable opportunities for low-income, low-skilled workers to earn competitive wages and roles for funders in building the green infrastructure workforce in their communities. In addition, Claudio Ternieden of the Water Environment Federation will talk about the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program, a national certification of green infrastructure construction, inspection, and maintenance workers, developed by the Water Environment Federation and DC Water.

Speakers will include:
• Sara Lamback, Jobs For the Future
• Claudio Ternieden, Water Environment Federation

Please register here for this funder-only webinar by Thursday, June 15, 2017 to be sure that you receive webinar details. The registration form will provide an opportunity to submit questions that you would like the speakers to address, which we will share with the speakers in advance of the webinar. Webinar information and further background materials will be emailed to call registrants by Monday, June 19, 2017.