Philanthropy And Economic Inclusion In Southern Cities

February 14, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm America/New York Timezone

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Join The Funders Network, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and New Growth Innovation Network (NGIN) in a virtual roundtable to help define the role philanthropic institutions can play, individually and collectively, in advancing more inclusive economic growth. The roundtable seeks to engage local, regional, and national foundations working in the Southern U.S. states (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky, and West Virginia) to deepen their knowledge and understanding of inclusive, equity-centered economic development strategies and tools.

Funders will leave with strategies to develop an inclusive economy that centers equity, community voice, and community-driven solutions while fostering economic growth, mobility, development, and resiliency.

What to expect:

    • Peer discussions on where philanthropy has been and where it would like to see itself when making investments to shift racial outcomes and uplift equitable opportunity, especially in the South.
    • Insights from engaging local leaders in the Southern U.S. on approaches and models for advancing equity and inclusion and the role philanthropy can play in boldly supporting inclusive growth.
    • Examples of where targeted investments, especially philanthropic, have made great strides in lessening the racial wealth gap and how those opportunities came together.
    • An overview of investment flows to support wealth creation and mobility.

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 Session Overview

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Insights from the Southern Cities for Equity and Inclusion (SCEI Initiative)
  3. Deepening an Understanding (Part 1): How Local Philanthropy Can Engage to Advance More Regional Economic Development Strategies. Advancing inclusive economic development has proven to be easier spoken than acted upon in the South. In this session, field practitioners across philanthropy, community development, economic development, and research will convene to share their insights on what their experiences have been in identifying how they see inclusion activated throughout the South and recommendations they have for greater collaboration.
  4. Deepening an Understanding (Part 2): The Role of Community Based Organizations Activating Inclusive Growth. One consistent theme in advancing inclusive growth in a community is leveraging and highlighting the innovations on the ground. These are typically held deeply in forward-thinking community-based organizations who have intentionally identified how to center those most impacted and isolated from economic strategies. This session will highlight voices from the South who are wielding new ways to build more economically just systems which sustain the livelihood and long-term wealth of communities of color.
  5. Wrap-up

 About Inclusive Economies

TFN’s Inclusive Economies working group brings place-based funders and related partners from across the sector together to build working relationships, advancing understanding of practices and policies that lead to inclusive prosperity and taking joint action that drives the field forward. We apply a three-part focus — race, place and prosperity — to economic growth and development. A particular goal is connecting people and neighborhoods of color to employment and wealth-building opportunities through investment, systems change, and policy reform.

Inclusive Economies launched in 2019, replacing TFN’s Restoring Prosperity in Older Industrial Cities working group. This new group represents a vision of shared, restorative and equitable prosperity in places of all types (urban, suburban, and rural), sizes (neighborhoods, cities, towns, and regions), and market conditions (weak, moderate, and strong).

How can I participate?

TFN working groups and initiatives are open to participation from TFN members and non-members alike. We welcome participation from grantmaking organizations, philanthropy serving organizations, local governments, and infrastructure groups that support funders. If you would like to subscribe to TFN’s Inclusive Economies listserv to receive newsletters and other resources, click here.