Cities of all sizes across the country are facing gentrification and affordable housing shortages due to rising rents, stagnant wages, and laws that criminalize homelessness and target low-income renters experiencing housing instability. Public resources currently invested in encouraging gentrification through policies and laws that target and criminalize people experiencing poverty would be better invested to protect and produce more quality, accessible, affordable housing, health care, education, and other infrastructure to support thriving communities and housing stability. Funders can help build more just, thriving communities by investing in institutions and enterprises that value low-income residents, guard against uncontrolled gentrification, and protect residents from displacement. Join this webinar to learn about Neighborhood Funder Group (NFG)’s Democratizing Development Program and the Divest/Invest framework of their Funders for Justice program. We’ll also hear from other funders and organizations about the work they’re doing to create vibrant, stably housed communities that support the leadership of the residents from their community.
About NFG: NFG’s Democratizing Development Program supports philanthropic institutions to invest in community residents to rise to create a new vision for development – one not driven by profit, speculation, and the influx of new corporate capital, but instead centered on community needs. This type of “democratized” community development is inspired by the leadership and vision of current residents holding public representatives, public agencies, and private investors accountable. The Divest/Invest framework of NFG’s Funders for Justice program informs the Democratizing Development Program to divest from criminalization to empowering neighborhood change and opportunity. It supports resident leadership by providing resources and tools to funders to encourage funders support residents’ full engagement. Investing in communities fosters institutions and enterprises that value low-income residents, guards against uncontrolled gentrification, protects residents from displacement, and results in positive place-building outcomes for all members of the community. Speakers: Marbre Stahly-Butts, Executive Director, Law for Black Lives Martha Toll, Executive Director, Butler Family Fund Nile K. Malloy, Senior Program Manager, Democratizing Development Program, NFG Please note: This webinar is only open to members of Funders Together, private funders, United Ways, and philanthropy-serving organizations. If you have questions about participating, please contact Stephanie Chan, Director of Membership and Programs, at stephanie@FundersTogether.org.