Annie E. Casey Foundation
Significant investments are now being made in the planning and development of mass transit systems that will fundamentally reshape many cities and metropolitan regions over the next several decades. The Annie E. Casey Foundation has given the ULI Foundation a grant to support a forum on equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) to be held in November 2010. TOD seeks to leverage these investments in transit with housing and economic development activities to produce more compact, livable, and sustainable communities. “Equitable TOD” aims to ensure that transit-oriented development benefits—and does not exclude or adversely impact—lower-income and underserved communities. The goal of the forum is to promote discussion and consensus among the four sectors involved in TOD -- developers, public officials, non-profit organizations, and philanthropic institutions -- about how to build and sustain cross-sector partnerships to realize equitable TOD goals.
Bank of America
Bank of America is a major supporter of ULI programs. In October 2010, Bank of America helped to underwrite the publication, ULI Fellows Update: Finding Certainties in Uncertain Times. This forward looking report outlines six trends that ULI Senior Resident Fellows believe will continue as the “new normal” regardless of changes in political leadership or economic recovery.
The ClimateWorks Foundation provides funds to the ULI Foundation to support ULI’s pedestrian and transit-oriented development (PTOD) work in China. The funds have been used to support a forum in Guangzhou that brought Chinese public officials together with developers and PTOD advocates to discuss how government policies could be revised to encourage more PTOD and to underwrite a development case study in Hong Kong, on a project that demonstrates the implementation of PTOD principles.
Ernst & Young
For the last four years, Ernst & Young has partnered with the Urban Land Institute to produce the annual infrastructure report. Each year, this report examines infrastructure trends and issues around the globe. The most recent report—Infrastructure 2010: Investment Imperative outlines water issues and concerns confronting 14 metropolitan areas throughout the country illustrating the challenges facing urban America in managing this critical resource.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation awarded a multi-year grant to the ULI Foundation to create and manage the Preservation Compact, a multi-stakeholder coalition that brings together the region's public, private and nonprofit leaders to address the loss of affordable rental housing stock in Cook County. Guided by ULI Chicago, the Compact has launched a comprehensive Rental Housing Action Plan for Cook County, which includes six Keystone Initiatives designed to preserve and improve existing affordable rental homes that might otherwise be lost to condominium conversion, demolition, or rising costs.
Produced annually through a partnership between the Urban Land Institute and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Emerging Trends in Real Estate® is a trends and forecast publication—including U.S., Europe, and Asia Pacific editions—that is one of the most highly regarded and widely read forecast reports in the real estate industry. Emerging Trends in Real Estate® provides an outlook on real estate investment and development trends, real estate finance and capital markets, property sectors, metropolitan areas, and other real estate issues. Emerging Trends in Real Estate® reflects the views of leading real estate executives from around the world who completed surveys or were interviewed as a part of the research process for the reports. Interviewees and survey participants represent a wide range of industry experts—investors, developers, property companies, lenders, brokers, and consultants.
Transportation is critical to the vitality of the U.S. economy and the real estate industry. Through the ULI National Transportation Policy Dialogue, funded with a generous grant to the ULI Foundation from the Rockefeller Foundation, ULI is engaging leaders from the real estate and transportation fields to discuss pressing transportation challenges and identify a common set of goals and principles for transportation policy reform. The Dialogue consists of a series of workshops and events, articles and publications, and other activities centered on the pressing transportation issues facing the country.
Wells Fargo Foundation
In June 2010, the Wells Fargo Foundation gave a grant to the ULI Foundation to support a Forum entitled Energy Finance for Real Estate: New Tools, New Capital: New Markets. This select gathering of senior business leaders and public sector innovators explored how energy-efficiency finance vehicles are being structured to engage the capital markets and real estate markets. The forum was organized in cooperation with the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Initiative for Responsible Investing at Harvard University and the ULI New York District Council.