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 →
A commitment of $26 million has been made through The Audacious Project to Harlem Children’s Zone in Harlem and six U.S. cities to address Black communities’ most critical needs and support COVID-19 recovery.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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.
Over the past ten years, we have helped local leaders launch 27 neighborhood revitalization projects across the country. We have an additional 50 projects in development. Given the nature of our work, we consider it critical to stay as informed as possible regarding the science and research in fields that can inform our practice. The … Continue Reading →
At the 10th Annual Conference of Purpose Built Communities, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s President and CEO, Dr. Richard E. Besser, announced an investment of $6 million to advance the work of the Purpose Built Communities Network. Purpose Built Communities is a dynamic nonprofit that is building a national network with the goal of empowering … Continue Reading →
Based on the research and our own experience, we have concluded that it is neither reasonable nor sustainable to expect a school to outperform its neighborhood.