Funders Learning Network

Connecting Grantmakers to Information and Each Other

The Funders Learning Network grew out of a convening of foundation and corporate grantmakers at City Parks Alliance’s Greater & Greener 2017 international urban parks conference in Saint Paul, MN. At that meeting, participants expressed a need for a dedicated platform to connect funders with each other around the opportunities and challenges of creating vibrant and equitable communities through investments in dynamic parks and public spaces. The result of that dialogue is the Funders Learning Network, with specific programming for funders including park study tours, webinars, and other networking opportunities.

Funders Learning Network programming for 2019 is made possible with support from the William Penn Foundation, Cleveland Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, Hyde Family Foundation, and our foundation members.

Upcoming & Recent Events

Funders Learning Network events are curated and facilitated exclusively for grantmakers who invest in urban parks, recreation, and public spaces.

  • Peer Conversation

    Funding Advocacy and Power Building for Park and Greenspace Equity

    Apr 10, 2024Virtual

    This event is open to representatives of grantmaking foundations only.

  • Peer Conversation

    Conversation with Department of the Interior and Council on Environmental Quality Leaders

    Sep 14, 2023Virtual

    This event is open to representatives of grantmaking foundations only.

  • Funders Learning NetworkPeer Conversation

    Silver Linings: Lessons Learned, New Opportunities for Public Spaces in a Post-Pandemic Time

    May 17, 2022Virtual

    In May 2020, City Parks Alliance hosted a Funders Learning Network peer conversation to discuss how grantmakers were thinking about parks and public spaces in …

  • Funders Learning NetworkPeer Conversation

    Supporting Adaptive Public Spaces in the Pandemic and Beyond

    May 27, 2021Virtual

    Please join your grantmaking peers for the next Funders Learning Network event, a conversation with the Knight Foundation as they share findings from their rec…

  • Funders Learning NetworkPeer Conversation

    Investing for Equitable Outcomes

    Nov 12, 2020Virtual

    Exclusively for grantmaking foundations, we'll discuss challenges around inclusive development, mitigating gentrification, and catalyzing cross-sector partners…

  • WebinarFunders Learning Network

    Creating a Just Public Realm

    Feb 26, 2020Virtual

    Exclusively for grantmaking foundations, we'll discuss equitable impacts in communities through strategic, systems-based investments in the public realm.

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Foundation Membership

In addition to Funders Learning Network events, foundation members have access to all City Parks Alliance member programming, including our popular webinar series and our library of park partnership agreements, case studies, and other resources to support vibrant park partnerships.

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