Season 3, BONUS EPISODE

Bonus Episode: The Makings of a National Place-Based Movement

The research is clear: for too many Americans, zip codes determine destinies. In other words, the places in which we are born and grow up have a greater impact on our life outcomes than any other single determinant, including genetics. But is there a new movement taking place in community development, philanthropy, and policy that is responding to the overwhelming evidence of the importance of place in fighting poverty? This conversation was moderated by Othello Meadows, Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy & Initiatives at Blue Meridian, and took place in late 2020 at the Purpose Built Communities Virtual Annual Conference. Listen

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SEASON 3, BONUS EPISODE

Bonus Episode: A Conversation on the COVID-19 Vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccine has been made available, we consider the racial inequities and historical mistreatment of Black and Brown communities in research and within the health care system. Suffice it to say, that relationship has been somewhat tenuous over the years. In this special episode of This Is Community Danny Shoy, President and CEO of the East Lake Foundation, facilitates a Facebook live conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine with Dr. Jayne Morgan, Clinical Director of the Covid Taskforce for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. Thanks for tuning in as Dr. Morgan answers some of the most pressing questions and concerns about the vaccine. It is our hope this conversation about the COVID-19 vaccine helps create awareness intentionally through a racial equity and social justice lens. Listen

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Purpose Built Communities Hires Marshall Norwood as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Atlanta – Purpose Built Communities has hired Marshall Norwood, CPA, as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer following a national search. With deep experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Marshall will lead the organization’s financial affairs and advise Purpose Built’s network members. “We are delighted to welcome Marshall to Purpose Built Communities,” said … Continue Reading →

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#StayCoveredTogether Tool Kit

Access the #StayCoveredTogether campaign tool kit to understand, own and implement the Stay Covered Together campaign with clarity, consistency and community impact in mind to help stop the spread of COVID-19. … Continue Reading →

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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.

“Truist and the Truist Foundation share in the responsibility to create opportunities for upward economic mobility in communities that may have been historically overlooked,” said Bill Rogers, president and chief operating officer, Truist Financial Corporation, and chairman of the Board, Truist Foundation. “Accelerating the adoption and further integration of racial equity principles into the Purpose Built Communities’ Network Member leadership perfectly aligns with our purpose and the work we’re doing to put equity front and center internally and externally.”

The funding will advance the work of Purpose Built Communities and its Network Members, who are doing the heavy lifting on the ground with their neighbors and partners. Watch

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Interview with Senator Chris Coons

In this conversation, Logan Herring, Sr. talks to Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) about support for programs at the federal and local levels that help the work of community developers like the Purpose Built Communities Network. This conversation took place at the virtual Purpose Built Communities Annual Conference on November 17, 2020. Watch

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Virtual Tour of the Purpose Built Communities Network

Purpose Built Communities held a virtual annual conference in 2020 with its 28 network members. See and hear from Purpose Built Communities Network Members across the United States in a virtual tour. While we can’t all be together in person, we can bring all of our neighborhoods together online for a powerful, energizing kickoff to a first-of-its-kind gathering in our 11-year history. Watch

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The Makings of a National Place-Based Movement

The research is clear: for too many Americans, zip codes determine destinies. Is there a new movement taking place in community development, philanthropy, and policy that is responding to the overwhelming evidence of the importance of place in fighting poverty? Hear from Geoffrey Canada, Founder and President of the Harlem Children’s Zone; Othello Meadows, Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy & Initiatives at Blue Meridian; Carol Naughton, President and Interim CEO of Purpose Built Communities; and Kwame Owusu-Kesse, CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone who are coming together to answer this question. From the Purpose Built Communities Virtual Annual Conference, November 17, 2020. Watch