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Purpose Built Communities Statement on the Derek Chauvin Verdict

Purpose Built Communities believes that we cannot address the root causes of poverty without directly addressing race and the continuing impacts of systemic racism. As a result, racial equity is one of the main lenses through which we view and do our work. Yesterday’s guilty verdict for George Floyd’s murderer was a long overdue step … Continue Reading →

SEASON 3, BONUS EPISODE

Bonus Episode: Interview with Senator Chris Coons

Now more than ever, we need to show communities that have been impacted by a long legacy of racism and race-based inequality that we can do better. One key to that is to increase collaboration. In this bonus episode of This is Community Logan Herring, Sr., executive director of Purpose Built Communities’ Network Member REACH Riverside--an organization working to improve opportunities and outcomes for residents in the Riverside neighborhood of Wilmington Delaware--talks to Delaware Senator Chris Coons about working across silos in federal programs. Listen

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Build Healthy Places Case Study Looks at How LIFT Orlando is Bridging the Gap Between Housing and Health

The relationship between health and housing is a frequent discussion when looking at building healthy and sustainable communities. Our partner, Build Healthy Places Network, is working with communities in the Purpose Built Communities network to improve health inequity across the U.S. A recent case study series published by Build Healthy Places Network highlighted our Network … Continue Reading →

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How a National Network of Local Leaders is Centering Racial Equity in Neighborhood Revitalization

In America, neighborhoods determine destiny. But unjust, racist policies and actions have created segregated and distressed neighborhoods. To revitalize these places, we must recognize how race—not family income, family structure, education level, or accumulated wealth—functions as the main determinant of life outcomes. And we must directly address racism through tangible, equity-focused action at the neighborhood … Continue Reading →

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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

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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

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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. … Continue Reading →

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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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. … Continue Reading →