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HUD and Council on Foundations honor work of place-based funding organizations

WASHINGTON – September 26, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Across the nation, philanthropic organizations and community foundations work to improve neighborhoods and the lives of the people who live in them, often without much recognition for the critical work that they do.  Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Council on Foundations, announced the 2013 winners of the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

Ten of these funders are being recognized for their outstanding partnership with the public sector to improve housing and neighborhoods, education, health and recreation, transportation, community participation, arts and culture, public safety, sustainability, and economic development.  The awards were presented at the Council on Foundations’ Community Foundations Conference in San Diego.

“These organizations are doing the heavy lifting to improve neighborhoods, often without much thanks.  Today, we say ‘thank you!’” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.  “These foundations are teaming up with public and private partners to bring about positive change and lasting solutions that are making a real difference in their communities.”

“These awards provide us all a moment to reflect on the good work that foundations are doing to advance communities across the country,” said Vikki Spruill, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “I am grateful to HUD and Secretary Donovan for recognizing the many different ways that foundations are thoughtfully responding to the needs of those around them.”

Awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.  The winners are:

Read more about the winners and the HUD Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations.

Awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.  The winners are:




Fairfield County Community Foundation Fairfield Co., Connecticut Stable Families Program


The Rhode Island Foundation


Providence, Rhode Island Green and Healthy Homes Initiative Providence
Wells Fargo Regional Foundation Newark and Statewide New Jersey Neighborhood Revitalization Grants Program
Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis Memphis


Memphis HOPE


Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (OH) Cleveland & Cuyahoga Co. Housing First Initiative of Cuyahoga County
The Raymond John Wean Foundation (OH) Youngstown, OH Youngstown Community Revitalization
The Saint Paul Foundation (MN)





Central Corridor Funders Collaborative and Corridors of Opportunity
United Way of Greater Los Angeles Los Angeles Home For Good
Empire Health Foundation


Spokane, WA regional area Eastern Washington Obesity Prevention Initiative
Rasmuson Foundation




Pre-Development Sustainable Capital Projects Program


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The Council on Foundations (, formed in 1949, is a nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations. Council members include more than 1,700 independent, operating, community, public and company-sponsored foundations, and corporate giving programs in the United States and abroad. The Council’s mission is to provide the opportunity, leadership, and tools philanthropic organizations need to expand, enhance, and sustain their ability to advance the common good.

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Brian Sullivan