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The Role of Community in Place-based Giving

American Enterprise Institute

April 19, 2021

Key Points

  • This report explores why strong communities matter and how philanthropists can strengthen the local fiber that helps communities improve.
  • Putting people with similar interests in proximity to each other and with people who have a natural interest in helping them is a better giving strategy than is relying on an outcomes-focused, top-down approach.
  • Specifically, community-minded funders could focus on increasing amenities in neglected neighborhoods, creating alliances that bring together unlikely partners around everyday concerns such as clean streets and safe neighborhoods, or matching givers and recipients around specific needs.

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About the Author

Ryan Streeter