February 2004

Grant Results

SUMMARY

The Enterprise Foundation held its 18th Annual Network Conference, "Building America One Community at a Time," on October 12–15, 1999, in Washington, D.C.

The Enterprise Foundation is a national, nonprofit housing and community development organization whose Annual Network Conference provides an opportunity for community development practitioners to learn best practices for neighborhood transformation from each other and from national leaders.

Key Results

  • The conference attracted more than 1,600 people representing 734 organizations in 40 states and the United Kingdom.
  • Participants were able to choose from 70 workshops and training sessions, including:
    • "Building, Financing, and Operating Housing." Presentations highlighted current initiatives to promote and expand opportunities for affordable home ownership and rental housing.
    • "Connections with Enterprise Leadership." In conversations with Enterprise Foundation leaders, registrants were provided the opportunity to discuss a range of community development issues.
    • "Mobile Learning Lab." In tours of three Washington community development sites, participants spoke with project managers, staff and residents to gain ideas and insights into successful redevelopment efforts.
    • "Linking Jobs and Child Care to Communities." Sessions focused on the design and funding of programs that combine employment training and placement with child care.
    • "Promoting Comprehensive Community Development." These sessions moved beyond immediate housing issues to address a range of community concerns and strategies.
    • "Strengthening Organizations. " Participants explored a host of challenges facing nonprofit organizations.
    • "Understanding and Influencing Public Policy." These sessions explored techniques to change policy and funding decisions at all levels of government.
    • "Using Technology for Community Development." Participants explored how to use technology to make positive neighborhood changes.

Funding
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) was one of 34 organizations and companies that supported the conference with contributions ranging from $7,500 to $30,000.

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THE PROBLEM

Although health care issues were not the focus of the conference, the relationship between poverty, substandard housing and poor health outcomes is well documented; organized efforts to rebuild deteriorating neighborhoods help to improve the health status of residents.

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THE PROJECT

The 18th annual conference attracted more than 1,600 people representing 734 organizations in 40 states and the United Kingdom. Participants were able to choose from 70 workshops and training sessions:

  • "Building, Financing, and Operating Housing." Presentations highlighted current initiatives to promote and expand opportunities for affordable home ownership and rental housing. Attendees participated in workshops about asset management, tax credits, assisted living, supportive housing, lead hazard control and others.
  • "Connections with Enterprise Leadership." In conversations with Enterprise Foundation leaders, registrants were provided the opportunity to discuss a range of community development issues, including: mixed-income rental development, strategies for troubled properties and low-income housing tax credits.
  • "Mobile Learning Lab." In tours of three Washington community development sites, participants spoke with project managers, staff and residents to gain ideas and insights into successful redevelopment efforts.
  • "Linking Jobs and Child Care to Communities." Sessions focused on the design and funding of programs that combine employment training and placement with child care, examining such issues as assessing child care needs, recruitment practices and strategies for retaining participants.
  • "Promoting Comprehensive Community Development." These sessions moved beyond immediate housing issues to address a range of community concerns and strategies including youth development, public safety, retail development and partnerships with universities and faith-based organizations.
  • "Strengthening Organizations. " Participants explored a host of challenges facing nonprofit organizations, including evaluating programs, collaborating with other organizations, managing volunteers and developing a fund-raising plan.
  • "Understanding and Influencing Public Policy." These sessions explored techniques to change policy and funding decisions at all levels of government, including federal lobbying techniques and effective strategies to influence state policy.
  • "Using Technology for Community Development." Participants explored how to use the World Wide Web, software for construction management and other technologies to make positive neighborhood changes.

In addition to the workshops, the conference offered a schedule of speakers that included Washington Mayor Anthony Williams, National Public Radio correspondent Ray Suarez, U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers, and Johns Hopkins Hospital pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin S. Carson, M.D.

Communications

Numerous broadcast and print news media, including CNN, C-SPAN, CNBC, American Banker and Dow Jones Newswires covered Summers' speech. The remainder of the conference attracted reporters for several housing-related publications.

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AFTER THE GRANT

The Enterprise Foundation held its 19th Annual Network Conference November 12–15, 2000, in Atlanta, Ga.

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GRANT DETAILS & CONTACT INFORMATION

Project

Annual Conference on Community Development

Grantee

The Enterprise Foundation (Columbia,  MD)

  • Amount: $ 7,500
    Dates: October 1999 to November 1999
    ID#:  037101

Contact

F. Barton Harvey, III
(410) 964-1230

Web Site

http://www.enterprisefoundation.org

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)

Sponsored Conferences

"The Enterprise Foundation 18th Annual Network Conference: Building America One Community at a Time," October 12–15, 1999, Arlington, Va. Attended by 1,615 from 734 organizations in 40 states and the United Kingdom. Examples of organizations represented include Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Colo.; Hill Community Development Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.; Mayfair Improvement Initiative, San Jose, Calif.; Habitat of Northern Virginia, Arlington, Va.; Cherrydale Tenants Association, Baltimore, Md., and New Economics for Women, Los Angeles, Calif. Program included 4 plenary speakers and 70 presentations grouped in eight tracks:

Plenary Speakers

  • Anthony Williams, Mayor, Washington, D.C.
  • Ray Suarez, correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Lawrence H. Summers, US Secretary of the Treasury
  • Benjamin S. Carson, Director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Md.

Presentation Tracks

  • "Building, Financing, and Operating Housing."
  • "Connections with Enterprise Leadership."
  • "Mobile Learning Lab."
  • "Linking Jobs and Child Care to Communities."
  • "Promoting Comprehensive Community Development."
  • "Strengthening Organizations."
  • "Understanding and Influencing Public Policy."
  • "Using Technology for Community Development."

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Report prepared by: Michael H. Brown
Reviewed by: Richard Camer
Reviewed by: Robert Narus
Program Officer: Judith S. Stavisky

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