TFN’s vision is to cultivate generations of courageous philanthropic leaders who are engaged, emboldened, and equipped to bring about a just society.

That’s why we are so proud to announce the 2023 PLACES Fellows — 16 exemplary leaders who will embark on a learning journey focused on incorporating an equity and justice lens into their grantmaking and community engagement practices.

They will work together to not only deepen their understanding of structural racism and its malign impacts, but to acquire the tools and resources needed to challenge and change systemic inequities that are negatively impacting our communities and our society.

Over the years, PLACES cohorts have addressed issues impacting disenfranchised communities, including structural racism, gender justice, health equity, environmental sustainability, economic development, and community engagement — asking difficult questions, exploring uncomfortable truths, and confronting their own biases along the way.

As our society continues to wrestle with a long-overdue reckoning on racial justice, it’s essential that our philanthropic institutions work to remedy systemic inequities, including those within their own organizational cultures.

I look forward to learning and sharing alongside these 16 new PLACES Fellows as we embark on this journey together. They represent a wealth of expertise and lived experiences, and hail from diverse geographies and backgrounds.

On behalf of the selection committee (comprised entirely of PLACES alums) and TFN’s PLACES team, including Equity Programs Manager Talissa Lahaliyed and the PLACES Advisory Board, join me in congratulating these outstanding 2023 PLACES Fellows!

The PLACES Fellowship is supported by the generous contributions of various funders and The Funders Network. Key supporters include the Annie E. Casey FoundationJPB FoundationKresge Foundation and Surdna Foundation.

2023 PLACES Fellows

Learn more about PLACES

PLACES X: Stories of Impact
For the 10th anniversary of TFN’s PLACES Fellowship, we worked with two award-winning journalists to help capture the stories shared and the lessons learned through the PLACES Fellowship. The result is our PLACES Impact Stories project, which includes profiles written by WLRN social justice reporter Nadege Green and videos created by documentary filmmaker Oscar Corral.

Going PLACES Blog Series
After each PLACES site visit, we ask the fellows to reflect on their experiences in our blog series Going PLACESCheck out some recent highlights from our PLACES alumni.

If you would like to know more about PLACES, including ways your organization can invest in our equity-focused PLACES Fellowship and Alumni Network, email Dion Cartwright at