Questions for you: How is place-based philanthropy defined? Is a time frame required to implement place-based philanthropy? What is the value of local funding collaboratives in doing place-based philanthropy? What resources and organizations can support place-based philanthropy? How do you evaluate change? How does place-based philanthropy affect systemic change?
Reginald Jones (Steans Family Foundation), Doug Diamond (San Diego Neighborhood Funders), Elizabeth Myrick (Neighborhood Funders Group) and Ann Tartre (Equinox Center), brought these questions and more to the fore in their excellent lunch mini-plenary session on Strategies to Maximize Place-based Philanthropy.
Common themes among the panelists and those in the audience were:
Lastly, although there are significant challenges, success is possible. As opposed to gentrification, residents can actually benefit from improvements in a community as opposed to creating something for someone else to enjoy.
Adrienne Vargas is vice president of Donor Relations and Charitable Giving at The San Diego Foundation.