The Funders’ Network PLACES fellowship program gives participants from around the country an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and growth related to issues of race, class and ethnicity. It was created to provide those working in philanthropy the tools, resources, and best practices needed to increase their effectiveness as grantmakers through coaching, leadership development and skill-building. At the heart of PLACES is the opportunity to learn from place and engage with communities across the country.

Our TFN blog will feature guest bloggers from our 2017 PLACES cohort and alumni in our new ongoing blog series, Going PLACES. Through this blog series, we hope that by giving our fellows a chance to share their own insights and experiences from participating in PLACES, the impact and learning from the fellowship can be shared with the TFN network. The series launches with our first blog post from current fellow Alex Camardelle of The Annie E. Casey Foundation. In case you missed it, check out PLACES leadership coach Bina M. Patel’s recent post on avoiding burnout and practicing self-care.

If you are a PLACES fellow or alumni interested in submitting a blog post, please contact Marci Ovadia at