The Funder’s Network for Smart Growth

Funders’ Network for Smart Growth
Ben Starrett, Executive Director
Kristopher Smith, Director of Leadership Development

funders networkThe Funders’ Network is a membership organization that helps grantmakers across North America advance strategies to create fair, prosperous, and sustainable regions and communities that offer everyone the chance for a good life. We believe that the suite of tools available to funders―investing, grantmaking, collaborating, convening, facilitating, and more―uniquely position them to lead the movement for smarter growth policies and practices that benefit both places and people.

At the Funders’ Network, we look to the future—to the decisions communities and regions will have to make about what, where, and how to grow and change. Every one of those decisions is an opportunity to make our regions and communities even better.

Communities have to look at the big picture, put all the options on the table, and decide together what’s best. To do that, residents need early and complete information and a chance to have a say. And what stakeholders decide together has to benefit the community as a whole—developers and taxpayers, people on this side of town and people on that side of town, current residents, and future residents.

Kris Smith of the Funders Network has been working with OWENI to clarify goals, develop capacity, and work toward a plan of action. The Funders’ Network is committed to providing support and assisting with the restoration the Overland Park neighborhood.