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The Truist Foundation Awards Purpose Built Communities $7 Million Grant

Atlanta-based national nonprofit Purpose Built Communities announced today at its 11th annual conference that it will receive a $7 million grant from the Truist Foundation over the next three years. As part of this funding, the Truist Foundation has also committed to becoming the official sponsor of the Racial Equity Ambassadors program, a central part of Purpose Built Communities’ approach to improving health outcomes, economic mobility and racial equity.

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Stay Covered Together

The message is simple: Stay at home. But, if you must go out for essential tasks, keep your distance and wear a mask to protect your neighbors and those on the frontlines who are there to protect us all. Purpose Built Communities received a $2 million grant through The Audacious Project to support COVID-19 relief … Continue Reading →

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A statement from Purpose Built Communities and our Network Members in response to systemic racial injustice and the murders of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, KY and George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN

We are in a moment right now when many Black people in America are hurt, angry and exhausted, and many White people are waking up to the realization that they can no longer be bystanders to what is a 401 year-old problem. Americans of all backgrounds are frustrated by the pace of progress.

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The Intersection of Health and Community

The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn sharp attention to the connections between health inequity and intergenerational poverty. Hear more from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO, Richard Besser, who says addressing the root causes of poverty is essential to making people and communities healthier.

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Resilience and Recovery Requires Place-Based Leadership and Change

These Network Members are well-positioned to lead through this crisis because of an ongoing focus on building trust and elevating community leaders. Together, they know the strengths and vulnerabilities of their neighborhoods and residents. Strong relationships and mutual respect are allowing place-based leadership to respond nimbly to the specific and dynamic needs of their community … Continue Reading →

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Coming Together as a Network during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is laying bare the stark inequities and inequality in our country in a very powerful way. People who live in low-income communities are facing unique challenges and falling ill and dying at disproportionate rates. Leaders in the Purpose Built Communities network are on the front lines of providing help for their neighborhoods and have had to adapt as circumstances evolve quickly, just like the rest of the world.

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Exploring Equity in Community Development

In 2018, Purpose Built Communities convened the first cohort of Equity Ambassadors, a group of executive directors from around our national network who are doing the hard work of addressing racial equity within their communities.

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Dr. Richard Besser on Building a Culture of Health

Dr. Richard Besser, President and CEO, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation speaks about “Building a Culture of Health in Our Communities.” The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to a working alongside others to build a national Culture of Health that ensures everyone in America has a fair and just opportunity to thrive. Watch

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“Lean on Me,” the Ecosystem of Community Development in the Southeast

The Atlanta Fed’s Community and Economic Development department supports the central bank’s mandate of stable prices and maximum employment by working to improve the economic mobility and resilience of people and places. Dr. Raphael Bostic, President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and Mr. Egbert Perry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Integral; former Chairman, Fannie Mae, explore the ecosystem of organizations and the unique assets and opportunities of each – the Federal Reserve System, Fannie Mae, community developers, housing developers, educators, everyone at the Purpose Built Communities conference – and offer perspective on a call to action about how collectively we help communities develop. Watch