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date: 04 December 2022

Community-Embedded Philanthropic Foundationslocked

Community-Embedded Philanthropic Foundationslocked

  • Paula Allen-MearesPaula Allen-MearesUniversity of Illinois at Chicago and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


A growing subset of place-based foundations in the United States have adopted an embedded philanthropic approach, in which funders “dig in” and “dig deeper” into the life of communities. Embedded philanthropy and embedded funders may change the landscape of community-building efforts in significant ways. Funding approaches and innovative efforts include the use of a “bottom up” approach to social change, a focus on helping communities to build capacity, and the building of community assets through grants that are more strategically focused. As these approaches continue to evolve and more evaluations take place, greater understanding will develop regarding the way forward for foundations in the United States to enhance effectiveness.


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