HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships


At the Council on Foundations’ Annual Conference, Leading Together, the Council in conjunction with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

The awards honor 10 innovative and impactful cross-sector initiatives that have increased the quality of life for low- and moderate-income Americans living in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the nation. These initiatives focus on solving a broad range of issues, from expanding affordable housing to promoting employment opportunities for students, reducing substance abuse among young people, and improving local infrastructure.

“I want to congratulate each of our winners for their extraordinary efforts to bridge the gap between philanthropy, government, and nonprofits,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Today’s awards celebrate the power of partnership, and honor exceptional organizations that are laying a strong foundation for more Americans to succeed and thrive.”

“The 10 initiatives being honored are an inspiring reminder that when philanthropy and government work together and lead together in cross-sector partnerships, their collaborations can achieve incredible results for the communities we collectively serve,” said Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill. “On behalf of the Council, I congratulate each of the outstanding foundations being awarded today."

Awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing projects that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.

2017 Honorees

The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation
Tulsa, OK
Alleviating and Preventing Homelessness/Building Tulsa, Building Lives

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
King and Pierce Counties, WA
Public Housing Authority-School District Partnerships Initiative

Capital One Foundation
New York, NY
Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now)

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
Hilton Head Island, SC
Project SAFE (Sewer Access for Everyone)

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation
Ohio, Florida, Colorado, California
PRO Neighborhoods: ReFresh Initiative

The Kresge Foundation
Detroit, MI
Detroit Home Mortgage

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Summer Night Lights (SNL)

The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
New Hampshire
Collective Action, Collective Impact

Nusenda Foundation
Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative

The Skillman Foundation
Detroit, MI
Grow Detroit’s Young Talent (GDYT)


HUD’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation and the Council have co-hosted the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships since 2012. The winners were selected by a panel of 12 judges—six from HUD and six from the Council on Foundations—based on materials submitted following an open call for nominations issued in February 2017.

Further information on each of the winners can be found at HUD’s website.