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 […]

Leveraging Our Anchor: Connecting a Health System’s Purchases to Local Suppliers

A story from The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (WV). Situated in the mountains of West Virginia, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) serves a six-county region that includes Charleston, the state’s capital. Like much of Appalachia, the region’s economy was built primarily on coal-mining and manufacturing—industries that, in recent decades, have seen a significant decline. But […]

New Orleans Works: Equipping and Matching Job Seekers with the Health Care Jobs in Demand

When you think of New Orleans’s economy, you might think of tourism, oil and gas, logistics. But like many places in the United States, there is a large and growing healthcare industry that is in desperate need of trained employees. The Greater New Orleans Foundation sees the growth of healthcare as an important opportunity for […]

Keep It Growing: Using Farmland Donations to Generate Local Farm Businesses and Investments – Forever

A story from the Southwest Initiative Foundation (MN). This innovative foundation developed the Keep It Growing farmland-giving program to keep land locally owned and in production and to offer young farm families a start – while offering charitable benefits to the donors and producing rental income the foundation uses to do even more good. Presented by Diana […]

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 […]

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 […]