Community Initiatives

At times, community members will ask The Foundation to convene meetings about specific issues. At other times, our board or staff have identified certain trends or activities within the community that may invite a more in-depth review. These may be short term with no action taken after one or two meetings, while others may be long term lasting several years. Although most of these do not result in funding for any single organization, significant grants have been made to address broader issues or for the benefit of a collective group of organizations. Additionally, some service delivery systems have been improved as a result of these meetings.

Examples of groups convened include:

  • Arts and cultural groups    
  • Arts educators
  • Community development  financial Institutions
  • Local governmental agencies
  • Community development organizations
  • Merger explorations
  • Safety net collaborative
  • Youth service providers