Social Infrastructure & Impact

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The Social Infrastructure & Impact Focus Area Team met on July 16, 2020. Watch the meeting here.

If you would like to be part of the team and participate in the meeting, please contact Alecia Fuller here.

The Social Infrastructure & Impact Focus Area Team will focus on the challenges and opportunities in our philanthropic and nonprofit sector. The nonprofit sector is critical now more than ever, as public and private sectors face shortfalls in income that reduce already limited community resources. As nonprofits are seeing dramatic shifts in revenue and ability to serve individuals, philanthropy is experiencing increasing demand for support across the community. The city looks forward to partnering with the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and community partners like Metro United Way and the Council of Agency Executives to explore new ways to work collaboratively on the reimagine and rebound recovery effort for nonprofits. 

Nonprofits have stepped up to the plate to support and save countless lives in the community, yet all of us know that, collectively, we can do more to uplift the sector. That is why the Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNPE) will convene the sector under the Community Activation Network (CAN) and work with the BBBT Social Impact Group on this effort.

CAN’s 3 basic purposes are:

  • Ecosystem - strengthen connections and support an ecosystem based on trust, relationships, and meaningful work.
  • Priorities - support a platform and a place to collectively create priorities focused on elevating the sector for greater community impact.
  • Transformation - support community Activation Teams to collaboratively develop actionable plans and clear steps on how we will create real change to advance the sector.

CAN’s guiding principles are to:

  • Ensure authentic diversity, equity and inclusion through all CAN work.
  • Co-create priorities with a bias toward action and advancing important work.
  • Share learning and ownership throughout the sector.
  • Value everyone. Suspend rank. Power with vs. power over.
  • Hold on to what is good and assess opportunities for growth.
  • Share and be a catalyst for information and resource flow.
  • Advocate collectively for CAN priorities.

BBBT Social Infrastructure & Impact Co-Chairs:

  • Vincent James, Chief of Community Building
  • Ashley Parrott, Director of Policy, Mayor’s Office

As nonprofits are seeing dramatic shift in revenue and ability to serve individuals, philanthropy is experiencing increasing demand for support across the community. This focus team will work with nonprofit, social-services sector and philanthropic leaders to elevate the nonprofit/social impact sector together.

The work will be built on the foundation already established in existing plans, including Vision LouisvillePlan 2040Resilient LouisvillePrepare LouisvilleSustain LouisvilleHealthy Louisville 2025, and the Health Equity Report. Metrics may include data around wealth, education, life expectancy and generosity gaps.