In the struggle to deal with large-scale disinvestment, rampant gentrification, and the unjust narrative of race and real estate, Vanica shares the power and possibility of achieving a shift in the fundamental long-term community control over decisions and assets through the resident ownership of neighborhood change.
Courageous Philanthropy takes the reader on an inspiring two-decade-long journey to address the power dynamics between foundations and communities by each owning their own change and shows how working across differences and deliberating across cultures, faiths, ages, genders, and education levels to achieve change can be our now and not just our hopeful picture of the future. It is time, Vanica contends, to forge a new, more courageous relationship between foundations and the communities they seek to serve.
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About the Author
After 20 years coordinating large public-private partnerships and raising millions of dollars for non-profit organizations, Jennifer Vanica became the CEO of the Jacobs Family Foundation and launched the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, an operating foundation headquartered in San Diego's southeastern neighborhoods dedicated to the resident ownership of change.
Under her leadership, the foundation received the Council on Foundations' Critical Impact Award for innovative and bold solutions to enhance the public good, and in 2009, Jennifer was recognized with the prestigious James Irvine Leadership Award for California leaders who are implementing innovative and effective solutions to significant state issues.
Jennifer serves as a Senior Fellow at PolicyLink, writing and speaking on the power of community ownership as the key to inspired civic action and community transformation.