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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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Together in a Time of Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging communities like never before. It also reminds us that we are all in this struggle together. This powerful message reminds us that we can and must be there for each other. Rev. Carl Pointer is a board member of Renaissance Heights United, a neighborhood-based revitalization effort in Fort Worth, Texas. Bringing lasting, meaningful change to a community requires thoughtful design, collaborative engagement and deliberate execution. Watch

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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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AmplifyGR is Driving Change with a Holistic Approach

Building from a rich history, community quarterback AmplifyGR is driving change with a holistic approach to neighborhood revitalization. Working in partnership with residents and a host of organizations, AmplifyGR is focused on cradle-to-college education opportunities, community wellbeing resources, mixed-income housing and economic development. Watch this great video to get to know this community and meet some of the people who are working to make it stronger than ever. Watch

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Lift Orlando And The Communities Of West Lakes

LIFT Orlando is the community quarterback for the Communities of West Lakes, an area adjacent to Camping World Stadium and a stone’s throw from Downtown Orlando. Learn how LIFT Orlando and its partners are working together to implement the Purpose Built Communities model of neighborhood revitalization, and hear about their exciting progress in the areas of housing, education and community wellness. Watch