By Martha Ceciliai Ovadia, Senior Program Associate, Equity and Communications

Registration Now Closed

Due to the high level of interest in the inaugural meeting of TFN’s Inclusive Economies, we have reached capacity for this meeting.

Inclusive Economies will host it’s inaugural meeting November 4-6, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio.

TFN’s Inclusive Economies focuses on race, place, and power-building and is open to all national and place-based funders



About Inclusive Economies
Even as income inequality and the economic effects of racism are elevated to the center of national debate, the job of addressing economic inequity continues to fall largely to local leaders. For funders, this raises a host of strategic challenges. What role can philanthropy play in mobilizing local assets to expand and extend opportunity to marginalized communities? How can funders ensure that economic growth translates into economic opportunity and access? And how does philanthropy help build local capacity and power to confront structural racism that has prevented people and communities of color from prospering?

We’ll tackle these questions and more at the first annual meeting of TFN’s Inclusive Economies working group in Cleveland, Ohio. This inaugural convening provides a dedicated forum for place-based funders invested in economic equity to meet and learn from peers, thought leaders, and local residents; share work in progress; and build a common agenda for learning and action.

Join Us In Cleveland
Our host city of Cleveland offers an ideal setting to explore philanthropic leadership for place-based inclusive growth. Over the past 10 years, Cleveland’s funders have worked collaboratively to coordinate and connect multiple economic development strategies aimed at improving economic opportunities for people living in the city’s predominately black East Side. In partnership with other sectors, the philanthropic community has led or supported initiatives involving anchor institutions; land assembly and redevelopment along critical employment corridors; creation of business cooperatives; and development of indicators and metrics to track progress toward inclusion goals. More recently, funders have collaborated to engage more than 3,000 regional residents in intensive workshops to build awareness about Cleveland’s history of racial inequity.

Join your funder peers as we launch this new line of work dedicated to race, place and power-building for shared and restorative prosperity. In addition to topical sessions on critical issues like neighborhood displacement prevention, the future of work, and good jobs, the program includes ample time for peer exchange, small-group discussions, and socializing.

Click here for working agenda.

• Tour of signature projects on Cleveland’s East Side including: the Greater University Circle Anchor Institution Initiative, the Opportunity and Health-Tech Corridors, and the Evergreen Cooperatives
Undesign the Redline exhibit at the beautiful Trinity Cathedral
• Workshop on creating space for honest dialogue with Evelyn Burnett and Mordecai Cargill Third Space Action Lab
• Findings from “Turning the Corner: Practice and Policy for Displacement Prevention,” with Kathy Pettit of the Urban Institute
• Reception at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
• Planned deep dive dialogue on The Present and Future of Work

Book Your Room:
Please make sure you’ve reserved your hotel room. Our TFN room block at the Hilton Tru is now sold out as well, so we would also like to suggest the following nearby hotels for those who still need to make reservations:

The Tudor Arms Hotel Cleveland, 10660 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, 216.455.1260

Residence Inn by Marriott Cleveland University Circle/Medical Center, 1914 E 101st St, Cleveland, OH 44106, 216.249.9090

Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic, 8650 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106, 216.707.4200