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The Bad Business of Northeast Ohio Sprawl

Green City Blue Lake takes a look at our Fund's latest report on job access in Northeast Ohio, and some of the intial reactions and takeaways of community leaders.

Change Demands More Than Programmatic Grants

Chris Thompson, Fund director of regional engagement, and Jeffrey M. Glebocki, CEO of Strategy + Action/Philanthropy, make a case for going beyond programmatic grants in this post on Exponent Philanthropy's blog.

A Whole Lot of Collaboration Going On

Collaboration is everywhere, and appears to mean just about anything. Suffice to say, there’s a whole lot of collaboration going on. But what does the Fund for Our Economic Future mean when it says it supports collaborations that advance Growth & Opportunity? Director of Regional Engagement Chris Thompson explains. 

Avoiding “Coblaboration:” How Engaging Public Sector Leaders Can Lead to Successful Cross-sector Collaborations

Our Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement, writes on The Intersector Project Blog that public officials are well positioned to help their communities address the three keys to successful collaborations. 

Attention Cross-Sector Collaboration Champions: Are We Forgetting the Public Sector?

The Intersector Project Executive Director Neil Britto asked a provocative question recently in RouteFiftyAre those of us who seek to improve cross-sector collaboration in the United States to improve public welfare forgetting what could be our most important client — the public sector? Our Chris Thompson, director of regional engagement, responds with his own observations on engaging the public sector in cross-sector collaborations here

We're All Connected

In this guest blog post, John T. Petures Jr., president and CEO of the Akron Community Foundation, writes about the importance of understanding the specific issues affecting our region’s individual communities, as well as their interconnectedness, in order to address them properly. He shares findings from the Foundation's recent report, Creating Measurable Community Impact, which examines and evaluates immediate and emerging issues facing Summit County.   

Better Together

Our new chair, Brian Frederick, shares his thoughts on what it means to be a part of the Fund and why he is so invigorated by what the future holds. 

Layer Cakes and Funder Collaborations

Funder collaboratives are a lot like layer cakes. As our Fund enters its second decade, we have much to celebrate for our members have built and sustained a mighty layer cake, writes Chris Thompson, our director of regional engagement.

A Reimagining of Philanthropy's Role

Dr. John Patrick Bailey, director of the Foundation Center-Cleveland, gives an outside perspective on our Fund's role in "reimagining philanthropic engagement" in Northeast Ohio. This post originally appeared on the Foundation Center-Cleveland's blog. It is reproduced in its entirety here.

Opportunity Corridor: What Will it Take?

In the final installment of a two-part series on the Opportunity Corridor project, our research assistant, Cecile Murray, takes a look at other large-scale development projects around the country to inform her analysis of Census data and comes to a conclusion on the number and quality of jobs needed to lift up the economically distressed areas surrounding the project. 

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