Racism Exacts a Cost

Two weeks before the 2016 election, there was an immediacy and urgency when Dr. David Williams, professor of public health, African and African American studies, and sociology at Harvard University, shared his research on the clear connection between race, socioeconomic status and health at the Purpose Built Communities annual conference in Birmingham, Alabama. His work is even more relevant now in the face of public attacks from our leaders and those emboldened by racist rhetoric on communities of color and immigrants in our country. Listen


Philanthropic Innovations in Community Development

Across the Purpose Built Communities Network, leaders are using philanthropy in new and innovative ways in community development, including mixed-income housing, economic development and job creation. Othello Meadows, Executive Director, 75 North, Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Omaha, NE
Terry Prather, Chief Operating Officer, LIFT Orlando,
Purpose Built Communities Network Member, Orlando, FL
Mike and Gillian Goodrich, Founders, Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation Watch


Assessing Neighborhood Health & Well-Being

By what metrics and indicators can we use to measure and determine if our cities are thriving? On what basis would we be able to evaluate social progress? Thriving Cities is currently developing a holistic, research-based approach to assessing neighborhood health and well-being that combines data, storytelling, and historical context into actionable and accessible tools for community residents and leaders.
Megan Juelfs-Swanson, Data Analyst, Thriving Cities and Josh Yates, Director, Thriving Cities Watch


Video Tour of the Woodlawn United Initiative in Birmingham, AL 2016

Woodlawn United is a holistic neighborhood transformation effort underway in Birmingham, AL utilizing the Purpose Built Communities Model. The Woodlawn Foundation is the community quarterback guiding this effort with partners and is a member of the Purpose Built Communities Network. This video debuted at the 7th Annual Purpose Built Communities Conference in Birmingham, AL on October 17, 2016. Watch


Tour of Woodlawn

Birmingham’s Woodlawn United Initiative is well underway implementing the Purpose Built Communities Model utilizing best practices and home-grown innovations. See their work up close! Watch


Advancing Racial Equity through Philanthropy

As one of the largest community foundations in the country, the San Francisco Foundation is leading an equity agenda which aims to ensure that all people can live in a safe, affordable home and have a good job and a quality education. Fred Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer, The San Francisco Foundation. Watch


Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?

One of the nation’s leading health researchers shares his work examining the effects of inequality and poverty on people’s health and well-being. David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology, Harvard University. Watch