Feeding Families, Building Communities, Growing Economies

A story from the Vermont Community Foundation. Fresh, local food is all the rage – and rightly so. Farmers markets are on the rise – up 180 percent between 2006 and 2014 – as are food hubs, enterprises that aggregate locally sourced food to meet wholesale, retail, and institutional demand. Despite these trends, affordable, healthy food […]

The Tribune Building: Changing Local Development Culture and Results through Participation

A story from Incourage Community Foundation. In a region coming back from staggering job loss, this innovative foundation is using its purchase and redevelopment of the town’s former newspaper building to engage of hundreds of citizens and catalyze a turnaround in the local thinking about what “development” really is – and how to do it. […]

Matching Entrepreneurs with Mountaintop Money and Mentors

A story from the Telluride Community Foundation (CO). The Telluride Foundation, started in 2000, is not your “grandmother’s community foundation” as Paul Major, President and CEO, will tell you. Located in the majestic San Juan Mountains, the foundation believes that the best way to improve the quality of life in the region, now and in the […]

Finding the Niche: Filling Demand for Skilled Green Stormwater Management Workers

A story from the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. After identifying a market opportunity with significant demand in the DC region – green stormwater management – this foundation is fostering private-public partnerships that are now establishing a business that will soon employ low-income residents in a transitioning neighborhood. Presented by Angela Jones Hackley, Interim President, […]

Atlanta Lettuce Works: Growing In-Demand Greens, Jobs and Businesses Right in the Neighborhood

A story from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta (GA). After learning that area hospitals and colleges were buying 90% of their lettuce out of state, CFGA initiated Atlanta Lettuce Works – a greenhouse co-op in downtown Atlanta that will grow hydroponic lettuce and employ 40 resident-owners from poor neighborhoods in sustainable living wage jobs. Presented […]

Keep It Local: Transitioning Local Businesses to New Local Owners

A story from Communities Unlimited (AR). Communities Unlimited is helping owners who are selling their small businesses “Keep It Local” by securing gap financing and technical assistance to help transition the firm to people in the region – many of them low-resourced – who become successful new local owners. Talk about a potential impact investment! Presented […]

From Analysis to Priorities to Results: A Regional FES Action Partnership

A story from West Central Initiative. Ten years ago, West Central Initiative (MN) used the FES framework to assemble a network of key social service, economic development, business and civic organizations across its region to examine what was hindering poor families from getting ahead, set action priorities together, and then craft program responses that are building family […]