Development depends on resources, both natural and human, to power social and economic progress. But the rules of the development game—especially those concerning community growth, revitalization, and the control and use of land and other natural resources—too often magnify economic, social, and political inequality. Ensuring that future generations can live in just, prosperous communities and benefit from a sustainable environment will require a collective commitment to confronting inequality.
We believe that empowered communities can harness development and natural resources to generate shared long-term prosperity, mitigate climate change, and reduce the disparities that stand in the way of meeting people’s basic needs—such as stable and inclusive places to call home, and access to economic opportunities. Around the world, we are working with citizens, consumers, government leaders, and businesses to plan for and implement more equitable and sustainable approaches to developing communities, land, and resources.
What we are working on
Our efforts are organized through two grantmaking strategies, with a crosscutting emphasis on land rights, land use, and development.
What we don’t fund
Our grantmaking does not support individual urban development or housing projects; place-based initiatives in the U.S. outside our three target regions of Detroit, New Orleans, and New York City; economic or workforce development strategies in the U.S.; energy retrofits or green buildings; urban development or finance initiatives that do not address the challenges of society’s most vulnerable people. We also do not fund initiatives that primarily focus on water resources and agriculture or adaptation to climate change.