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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.

SEASON 3, EPISODE 4

A Conversation with Jon Ippel, Executive Director, AmplifyGR

This [community development] work does not happen unless you're working in partnership. Being proximate and cultivating relationships is difficult to do when everyone is intentionally distancing from each other to support public health. Hear how Network Member AmplifyGR in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is cultivating relationships—even amidst crisis—with for nonprofit and for-profit organizations, aligning around a common purpose to create a healthier community. Listen

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 3

A Conversation with Jacob Peters, Director of Operations, Bayou District Foundation

Hear how thoughtful, historic investments in children, affordable housing and all aspects of the social determinants of health are setting up the Bayou District of New Orleans for meaningful recovery. Listen

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 2

A Conversation with Cydney Franklin, President and CEO, Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp.

Life stressors are something that all of us deal with every single day. But it is well documented that people and families living in poverty face disproportionate and compounding circumstances. In this episode we hear about how in Omaha, Nebraska, the trifecta of crises—health, economic and racial justice—are affecting poor and Black and brown communities. Listen

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SEASON 3, EPISODE 1

A Conversation with Debra Edleson, Executive Director, Grove Park Foundation

When crisis hits, it is critical to have the ability to assess the landscape and identify the trauma. Residents in the Grove Park neighborhood on Atlanta’s westside have been hit particularly hard by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving an estimated 75 percent of residents unemployed. In this episode, we hear what is transpiring on the ground and how the Grove Park Foundation pivoted for a swift crisis response. Listen

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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.