PLACES Learning Call

August 17, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm America/New York Timezone

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The U.S. South represents some of the most promising movements and growing networks of leaders addressing challenges to democracy, economic and environmental justice, accessible and affordable education, and healthcare.

When considering geographic concentrations of philanthropic activity, there is a significant gap in funding in the U.S. South. This gap is further amplified when disaggregating specific funding toward issues of race, equity, inclusion and justice.

This session will engage leaders from various philanthropic entities to share their perspectives on key opportunities, build momentum to secure victories across some of the most pressing issues facing our country, and offer a space to build connections across geographies.

This event is organized by TFN’s PLACES Fellowship and is open to all funders and PLACES alumni.

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(In order from left to right):

Mekaelia Davis, Director of Black Family Economic Mobility at Ballmer Group and PLACES Class of 2017 (Moderator)

Dwayne Patterson, Chief Equity Officer at Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Tené Traylor, Vice President and Senior Fellow at The Urban Institute

Christy Wallace Slater, Vice President of Programs at Women’s Foundation of the South


PLACES — which stands for Professionals Learning About Community, Equity and Sustainability — uses learning, coaching and reflections to explore structural racism, community empowerment and equitable grantmaking practices.

In addition to the PLACES curriculum, Fellows learn from the people and places we visit. Our Fellowship Cohort, selected annually from a highly competitive pool of applicants, embarks on year-long journey that includes four site visits to communities across the U.S. and Canada.

The PLACES Fellowship concludes with a capstone presentation and graduation — but that rarely marks the end of the PLACES experience. As any PLACES alum will tell you, the deep bonds and professional connections forged by the Fellows extend well beyond the end of their cohort year.

Learn more about the PLACES fellowship and alumni here.