What is place-based philanthropy anyways? Richard Woo, executive director of the Russell Family Foundation in Gig Harbor, Washington, describes it as “Community Change from the Inside Out,” and that’s as good a definition as we’ve heard!

At the 2010 Family Philanthropy Conference, several family foundations with a commitment to place-based philanthropy participated in a daylong session to share experiences and strategies. While each foundation brought its own unique approach, all shared a passion for the communities where they worked. Examples of funders taking this approach include:

Here are additional resources to get you started on better understanding the tools and methods of place-based philanthropy. Before you delve into these, check out this interactive map of family foundations around the country that are using place-based (or “embedded”) philanthropic strategies to bring holistic change in a specific community or communities.