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Beyond Program Planning: Equity-Centered Community Development

Zev Alexander July 13, 2022

Leaders in philanthropy are in a unique position to help the community development field change its terms of engagement to center equity and justice. We know that communities of color are disproportionally experiencing the consequences of inflation, the ongoing pandemic, and a history of policy decisions that have deepened racial and economic inequities. How can philanthropy move beyond grant making to help communities realize their visions for system-level change? Two veterans of the field, David Fukuzawa and Nancy Andrews, will engage in a frank discussion with rising leaders Ja’Net Defell and Heather Parish that elevates examples from across the country of philanthropy leaning in on risk-taking investments that advance equitable community development.



Meta Themes

  • Power and Capital

  • Reimagine Systems

  • Deliver Equity and Inclusion


capital investment

Purpose and Desired Outcome

Participants will return to their organizations with strategies to operationalize more racially equitable, sustainable funding practices, including considering strategies that unlock capital investment, providing support with longer timelines and greater flexibility, supporting multisector teams, and centering systems change and long-term success.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Asset Managers

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)

  • Government

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameNancy Andrews
  • TitleFormer CEO
  • OrganizationLow Income Investment Fund
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameDavid Fukuzawa
  • TitleFormer Senior Advisor and Managing Director
  • OrganizationThe Kresge Foundation
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameJa'Net Defell
  • TitleDirector, Community Desk Chicago
  • OrganizationChicago Community Trust
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameHeather Parish
  • TitleExecutive Director
  • OrganizationAlbert Pick Jr. Fund
  • StatusConfirmed
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