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Publications and Resources from NFG

Towards A Better Place: Resources for Effective Grantmaking & Community Partnerships

The Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and Neighborhood Funders Group convened over 100 funders and leaders from the field in September 2014 for Towards a Better Place: A Conversation About Promising Practice in Place-Based Philanthropy.


Publications and Resources from Our Members

Community Change: Lessons Learned From Making Connections

The Annie E Casey Foundation published a reflection report on the Making Connections initiative, its signature place-based, community change initiative of the 2000s. The report outlines key findings from the initiative that can provide guidance to those involved with community-change efforts in the future.


Collaborations by Our Members and Philanthropic Partners

Health Impact Project

This funding project is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts, in partnership with WGPBCC member Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota:  


Related Articles and Thought Pieces

"Leadership Development is Not a Deliverable"

  • By Brian Johns & Ellen Ryan, Virginia Organizing

Beyond the Brink — Engaging Residents: A New Call to Action for Community Foundations

  • Prepared by the CFLeads Cultivating Community Engagement Panel

"Wages Are a Public Health Issue"

  • By Edward P. Ehlinger, Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner

"We Risk Slipping Into Economic Mediocrity Unless We Boost Equity for All"

  • By Stacey Millett, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

The Intersection of Arts, Culture, and Social Change 

Center for Urban Pedagogy: The Public Access Design Initiative

Public Access Design is CUP’s new series of projects that use design to make complex urban issues accessible to the New Yorkers most affected by them. Public Access Design projects are short, intensive collaborations of CUP, an artist or designer, and a community organization that is working to break down a complex policy or planning issue that affects its constituents. The collaboration results in a visual tool that meets an advocate’s organizing needs as they arise—getting information directly to communities where they are, and when they most need it. Click here to check out projects produced by the initiative.