We strive to use all of the tools available to us, including our endowment assets
We collaborate with other funders to leverage our investments
We invest in emergent leadership in our fields, particularly community-based leaders
We address systems, not symptoms
We support the development of robust and sustainable economies that include a diversity of businesses and quality jobs. We work to spur the growth of local businesses, encourage equitable economic development, and improve the quality and availability of jobs for low-income people, communities of color, immigrants, and women.
Accelerate the growth of local businesses to create quality jobs, and increase the number of those businesses owned by people of color, women, and immigrants.
Focus on: Providing access to capital, business skills, and promoting alternative business models.
Support economic development practices and policies that increase beneficial outcomes for people of color, women, and immigrants.
Focus on: Ensuring that the benefits of economic development are shared equally.
Improve the quality and availability of jobs for low-income people, communities of color, immigrants, and women.
Focus on: Lifting the floor of low wage work.
We invest in next generation infrastructure to support the quality of life in low-wealth communities by focusing on improving environmental quality and wealth creation and democratizing planning and decision-making.
Promoting accessible, sustainable transportation and transit systems - to connect people to opportunities.
Focus on: Reforms in procurement standards to help communities inform and benefit from planning and investment decisions.
Building power in low-wealth communities and communities of color to determine their own energy systems futures.
Focus on: Democratizing decision-making around the source, distribution, cost, and ownership structure of energy systems.
Helping communities better manage stormwater.
Focus on: Smart green stormwater infrastructure that creates environmental, social and economic benefits and builds long lasting community assets.
Investing in regional producers to help them connect to new market opportunities and improve access to healthy foods within urban centers as demand increases.
Focus on: Improving supply chains and distribution to keep more dollars in the local economy.
We believe that communities with robust arts and culture sectors are more cohesive, prosperous and benefit from the rich cultural diversity of their residents.
Inspiring teens to find value and pride through art - and to become leaders who promote cultural diversity, creativity, and innovation.
Focus on: Using rigorous arts and life skills training to stimulate teens’ aspirations and cultivate empathy for themselves and others.
Supporting designers, architects, and planners as resource allies to low-income communities and communities of color related to issues of the built environment.
Focus on: Engaging designers as partners with communities to incorporate local priorities, values, and concerns.
Supporting opportunities that enable artists to participate in robust economies so that they may contribute to prosperous, culturally resilient communities.
Focus on: Strengthening business and financial skills of artists and artist-centered enterprises to create social and economic benefits.
Funding artists whose work makes important contributions to the social and cultural fabric of their communities.
Focus on: Supporting artists whose work nurtures the art forms and cultural traditions of their communities and advances social transformation.
Our Office of Grants Management is crucial to how we work. It’s where operations meets program. We provide systems and guidance for grantees and foundation staff to enable effective grantmaking and learning in support of mission.
We understand and are responsive to grantees’ challenges.
Focus on: Streamlining processes to reduce grantees’ administrative burden when seeking our funding and reporting on grants.
We help grantees use all tools available to them, including lobbying where appropriate.
Focus on: Maximizing impact so that every grant realizes its full potential.
We listen, educate, and strive for honesty, and transparency with our grantees and peers.
Focus on: Finding solutions whenever possible to help our grantees achieve their goals.