Our participatory grantmaking alters the traditional process of philanthropic giving by empowering service providers and community-based organizations to define the strategy around a specific issue area or population.
The Place Matters series published by the Foundation and Azavea is a collection of reports that examine the distribution of assets in each of the 10 city council districts and ranks each district in terms of how those assets stack up in terms of the level of risk faced by children in those areas.
You have no doubt seen countless maps that show the risks and problems facing Philadelphia’s children. Most tell us little about how our communities can address and overcome those challenges. Instead, they paint a dismal picture that leaves many feeling powerless. The Foundation with the help of Azavea have invested in identifying how the key assets – the things that make our neighborhoods strong – are distributed relative to the risks facing children in each of Philadelphia’s ten Council Districts.
In order to make this work transparent and replicable, Scattergood and Azavea have prioritized using publicly available data when possible and are committed to sharing the data analysis process. This approach allows other cities or regions to adapt this project to their area. To learn more about the data sources and methods used please visit https://github.com/scattergoodfdn/place-matters-childrens-health-wellbeing.