Imagining Abundance: From Transactional to Transformational Relationships with Foundations

Tomi Hiers Imagining Abundance
Jonathan Hayden

Jonathan Hayden

Director of Operations, Colangelo Carpenter Innovation Center

In the final town hall of the Imagining Abundance Series, Dave Hillis and Cornelius Williams wrapped up their conversation on abundance and the end result of neighborliness, which we are defining as “engaging another for their benefit without being prompted, asked, or reminded.” 

They were joined by Tomi Hiers, Vice President of the Center for Civic Sites & Community Change with The Annie E. Casey Foundation. Tomi shared some of the work the Foundation is doing with neighborhood transformation initiatives in Atlanta and Baltimore, linking economic, educational and housing programs to strengthen families and communities. The networks, resources, and relationships help to support vulnerable youth through a variety of programs. The conversation also offered practical and insightful advice for nonprofits to flourish and collaborate effectively. 

Torrey Bates, Executive Director of For the Kingdom Camp in Memphis, TN, also joined. Torrey spoke about For The Kingdom’s incredible work serving under resourced youth of color through the summer camp experience. Torrey also serves as Sports Coordinator of LF’s Global Youth Initiative. 

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Celia Vigil

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What book, movie, quote, or tv show has most shaped your understanding of leadership or the city?   

A quote that has shaped my understanding of leadership and the city is, “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now, love mercy now, walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.”

While the amount of work there is to do to transform cities is great, this quote reminds me that we are freed from having to complete it all, though our obligation to continue remains. We may never see a huge transformation in our lifetime. The work stretches far beyond us. However, this does not make our acts of faithfulness in the day to day less significant, no matter how small they may seem.