Philanthropy & The City – a four-part, virtual series – explored how philanthropy can work to solve problems in our neighborhoods and communities as we reimagine a more inclusive and equitable recovery. Leaders from cities across the nation, with a wide range of experiences, and different perspectives shared their insights and ideas for building more vibrant and resilient communities.
The series explored: emerging models for working across the sectors for local problem solving; the roles that community foundations play in anchoring and catalyzing broad-based efforts for inclusive and equitable recovery; the next generation of place-based strategies to meet this moment in our most distressed communities; and how corporations can contribute to more inclusive urban economies by aligning business with opportunities for economic mobility. Elwood Hopkins, Founder & Managing Director, Emerging Markets, Inc. & Presidential Fellow, The Kresge Foundation, moderated the series.
How can new forms of local, cross-sector leadership ensure an inclusive and equitable recovery and a more resilient future? What lessons can we draw from past recoveries in Detroit, New Orleans, and other cities that are relevant nationwide today? And what are the possible pathways for national urban policy at this crucial crossroads?
How are community foundations catalyzing broad-based efforts around racial equity and inclusive recovery in cities? How do they balancing their traditional roles as custodians of donor-advised funds with an ability to influence wider funding patterns? And how are they translating deep knowledge of their communities into more informed action?
How are the disparities that are in such stark relief at this moment manifesting geographically? What is the importance of place-based strategies in the current historical moment? And how is the field of place-based or “place conscious” philanthropic initiatives evolving to be more effective than it has been before.
What is the potential of market-oriented strategies and corporate leadership for leading inclusive recovery in cities? How can corporations align their business goals with the objectives of community resilience? How are the tools of corporate philanthropy, social investments, government relations, and core business functions being mobilized to support economic mobility and financial security?