Bridging the Digital Divide – If Not Now, When?

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed how fragile our communities are if they do not have equal access to the internet. Infrastructure, Devices and Literacy are Key to Shrinking Digital Divide. As community quarterbacks, we are uniquely positioned to work with city government, school systems, internet service providers, and funders to provide the infrastructure, devices, and literacy necessary to help all members of our community participate in the 21st century economy and educational system. This session features leaders in the Purpose Built Communities Network who will share how they have been tackling this issue and share best practices. Through facilitated conversation, we will also look to weave and leverage our networks to find ways to bridge the digital divide for all of our communities. Panelists are: Norma Fernandez, Chief Executive Officer, Everyone On; Autumn Glover, President, PACT; Jacob Peters, Director of Operations, Bayou District Foundation; Angela Siefer, Executive Director, National Digital Inclusion Alliance; and Leon Wilson, Chief of Digital Inclusion & Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Foundation. Watch


Moving Toward more Equitable Fundraising Practices

As we face the pandemics of COVID and racism, neighborhood-serving nonprofits are playing a vital role. And at the same time, we sometimes inadvertently perpetuate the very injustice we are trying to address. Our fundraising philosophies and practices often reinforce saviorism, poverty tourism, wealth hoarding, and tax avoidance. What does an equity-based fundraising system look like? How do work together as an effective ecosystem? In this provocative and interactive session led by writer and nonprofit advocate Vu Le, we'll try to answer these questions and come away with actions we can implement right away. Watch


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.


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


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.


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.


“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


Network Member Leaders Kickoff 10th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference

Since 2009, Purpose Built Communities has grown from just a handful of place-based holistic initiatives to more than 20 across the country. This network is now home to valuable innovations in community building, tackling racial and health inequities, creating strong cross-sectoral partnerships, and delivering better outcomes for children and families. Hear from some of the leaders who have been living and breathing this work with their community partners and neighbors and the lessons they have learned along the way. Watch


Equity Ambassadors Share Their Journey

Building racial, social, and health equity is one of the primary goals of the community quarterbacks in the Purpose Built network. Several of the Executive Directors of these organizations are forming the first cohort of Equity Ambassadors to deepen their knowledge – and the network’s – of the impact their work is having on issues of equity. In this conversation, they share their reflections along this journey. Watch