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Measuring Social Connectedness in Local Communities

By Tim Schwantes on August 11th, 2022

Interesting, innovative new models are emerging nationwide for measuring the degree to which community members are connected or disconnected from one another. Read highlights from our recent discussion on measuring social connectedness.

How Fiscal Sponsorship Advances Social Justice

By Risa Wilkerson on July 25th, 2022

We recently spoke with Asta Petkeviciute, Chief Financial Officer for Social Impact Commons, about the parallels between the fiscal sponsorship community and the mission of nonprofits, especially those focused on social justice. Read more in our latest blog.

Service, Community, and Partnership

By Niiobli Armah IV on July 13th, 2022

As his time as Chair of our Advisory Board comes to an end, Niiobli Armah IV reflects on his 13-year relationship with Healthy Places by Design, lessons learned, and continued opportunities. Read more from Niiobli in our latest blog.

How Two Funders Support Socially Connected Communities

By Tim Schwantes on June 8th, 2022

As part of an ongoing virtual learning network series, we recently hosted a conversation with local leaders to learn how funders embed social wellbeing into their work. Read this blog for a summary of the conversation.

Addressing Root Causes of Health Equity Through a Network of Food Banks

By Joanne Lee on June 8th, 2022

We are pleased to be in partnership with Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks and 60,000 partner agencies that addresses hunger as part of a more comprehensive goal for health equity. Read our latest blog to learn more about their Health Equity Training and how Feeding America’s network of partners are prioritizing health equity.

Creating Great Places: A Conversation with Amanda O’Rourke

By Risa Wilkerson on May 18th, 2022

Our newest board member, Amanda O’Rourke, is passionate about transforming cities into great places for all people of all ages. In this interview with Risa Wilkerson, she describes how her childhood inspired her career, how listening to youth and older adults helped her check her biases, and much more.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Linda Bryant- Project EATS

By Phil Bors on May 3rd, 2022

With the help of New York State Health Foundation’s (NYSHealth) Healthy Neighborhood Initiative, Project EATS is creating opportunities for the youth in Brooklyn while growing organic produce.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Leah Russell – Syracuse Peacemaking Project, Center for Court Innovation

By Phil Bors on April 26th, 2022

Learn how the Center for Court Innovation, with the support of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, improved access to healthy food in Syracuse, New York.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Conveners Arlen Zamula and Caitlin Falvey – Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

By Phil Bors on April 19th, 2022

With the help of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, organizations in East Harlem were able to get funded during the pandemic. Read more in this blog.

Conveners for Health and Equity in Six New York Communities: Community Convener Mandy Snay – Clinton County Health Department

By Phil Bors on April 12th, 2022

With the help of the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, this health department in Clinton County, New York invested in partners throughout the county. As a result community residents became advocates making an impact.