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Charitable Giving: Homeownership Preservation Coalition Helps City Families at Risk of Foreclosure

In 2005, when a group of foundation, bank and nonprofit colleagues created the Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition, few of them realized that unsustainable loans and increasing foreclosures were a serious problem ... today, the coalition is addressing the challenge by working simultaneously on multiple fronts with local, state and federal partners.
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Charitable Giving: Find the Keys to Financial Literacy at Money Power Day

Over the years, corporations and foundations have made significant investments in increasing financial literacy. Recently, the demand for these programs has exploded as they address the needs of youth, high school students, working adults and senior citizens on diverse financial issues ranging from budgeting and savings to student loans and foreclosure prevention.
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2016 GEO National Conference: Short Talks with Vu Le: "Want to Support Communities of Color? Stop Trickle-Down Community Engagement"

As issues around diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competency have risen to the forefront, many grantmakers are trying to make their processes more equitable, both in terms of dollars awarded and in who receives the money. But, from the perspective of grassroots organizations led by and serving communities of color, common foundation and nonprofit practices can feel disingenuous and even counterproductive to this goal. If grantmakers want marginalized communities to be engaged, they need to fund, trust and support them directly, believes Vu Le.

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2016 GEO National Conference: Short Talks with Isaiah Oliver, Community Foundation of Greater Flint: Philanthropy's Role in Times of Crisis

Isaiah Oliver, a grantmaker born and raised in Flint, Michigan, will talk about how the local funding community is responding to the current water crisis in Flint and the work still to come. He’ll share lessons learned from the frontlines and board room, where staff are changing the way they think about transparency in their work and their role in the region as they plan for the future. He’ll offer advice applicable to any grantmaker about key roles we can play in emergent, controversial or complex issues facing our communities.

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Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative

After 18 years of pooled funding support for Baltimore neighborhood revitalization, the Baltimore Neighborhood Collaborative (BNC) concluded its operation and transitioned its work to partner organizations and an ongoing Neighborhood and Community Development Affinity Group within the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers.

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Anchored in Place: How Funders Are Helping Anchor Institutions Strengthen Local Economies

This report by the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities examines the potential of anchor institutions hold to create lasting and sustainable change—and illustrates how funders are working with anchor institutions to create healthier, more equitable, and economically vibrant places to live and work.

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Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges With Place-Based Partnerships and Anchor Institutions

The Democracy Collaborative’s report Anchor Collaboratives: Building Bridges with Place-Based Partnerships and Anchor Institutions discusses the role of anchor institutions and collaboratives in leveraging the power of their economic assets to address social and economic disparities and to revitalize local communities.

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