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Effective Place-Based Philanthropy: The Role and Practices of a National Funder

By Prudence Brown / Last Updated 2017 October 17th

In this paper, Prudence Brown, a respected leader in place-based philanthropy, provides her insights on the roles and practices of national foundations undertaking place-based work. Drawing significantly from recent literature and Brown’s own experience and observations, this paper is organized around key questions that national funders can consider as they develop new place-based partnerships. After each question, Brown provides a brief discussion and concrete suggestions for decision-making and action.

While the audience for this paper is largely other foundations, many of the themes and considerations in this paper are applicable to other sectors well beyond journalism and media. As such, we are sharing this work with the broader field. We think this is important both for transparency and accountability, and because we hope others can learn alongside us.