We’re committed to movements, not moments.
In the last couple of years, we’ve seen various community development stakeholders reimagining their work in response to serious obstacles. Banks changed the way they lend money, philanthropies altered their grantmaking methodologies, and investors deployed more of their assets to combat threats to vibrant communities. Whether it’s addressing racial inequities, rescuing small businesses, or fighting climate change, industry leaders and their partners have been super-powered by mission.
But what happens when the sense of urgency wanes? When new headlines replace old ones and the never-ending battle for our attention makes it hard to remember why we reimagined in the first place? History shows us that we gravitate to the ‘before’ – back to our comfort zones. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
At VCC, we are committed to movements, not moments. We’re taking what we’ve learned since 2020 and forging ahead to find new ways to support communities in Virginia and beyond. During our new quarterly Learning Exchange series, More Than a Moment, VCC and our partners will discuss the need for sustaining and building on the fighting spirit we’ve all embraced in the pursuit of more equitable communities.
Stay tuned for more information about our next Learning Exchange event in September!
Our first Learning Exchange event, A Collective Voice: The Community Development Finance Movement, took place on March 1, 2022. Watch it here.
Our second Learning Exchange event, Driving More Capital to Communities: New Roles for Philanthropy and their Ecosystem Partners, took place on June 22, 2022. Video coming soon!
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