Tech tools and boisterous public meetings: Building support for community planning in the San Francisco Bay Area
Posted Date: Mon, 04/28/2014 - 17:22
Silicon Valley Community Foundation is in the heart of the San Francisco Bay Area, close to the campuses of companies like Google, Facebook and Apple. Companies like these have made the region a leader in the global economy and a hub of innovation. The Bay Area is home to a diverse population of more than 7 million people, a number expected to grow by 2 million by 2040. Where will these people live and work? What impact will they have on our air, water, open space, traffic and climate?
Posted Date: Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:23
Isssues: Children, Youth, and Family, Community Foundations Centennial, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Partnerships and Collaborations, Strengthening Communities
The proudest moment of Ruben Garcia’s life was when he watched his first child graduate from Boulder High School last spring. The father of three and his wife know how much it took for their son to reach the important milestone. They will tell you that their work with him started before preschool.
Posted Date: Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:52
Isssues: Children, Youth, and Family, Community Foundations Centennial, Education, Homelessness, Housing, Partnerships and Collaborations, Strengthening Communities
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada embarked upon a resident engagement initiative in 2013 centering on improving the lives of runaway, homeless and aging-out foster youth, ages 12-24.
Posted Date: Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:19
Are you looking for ways to improve innovation at your organization? Sometimes innovative ideas aren’t shared because people don’t know who to take them to. Or, they think that others would judge the idea’s value based on the person contributing it. If you are looking to spur innovation at your organization, consider creating an online tool to collect ideas.
Posted Date: Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:37
Isssues: Community Foundations Centennial, Partnerships and Collaborations, Strengthening Communities
For Denver Foundation President David Miller, the only way to truly revitalize a struggling neighborhood is by connecting – truly connecting -- with its residents. That’s exactly what the Denver Foundation has strived to do over the last several years through its Strengthening Neighborhoods program.
Posted Date: Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:55
Last year, Knight Foundation published the Giving Day Playbook, a soup-to-nuts guide to 24-hour online campaigns that community foundations are increasingly organizing to promote local philanthropy. Now, with foundations across the country participating in Give Local America on May 6, we have refreshed the playbook with new insights to help in the planning.
Posted Date: Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:06
Isssues: Community Foundations Centennial
"We need more agency for people in communities, not just people with money. We’re giving so much voice to new people moving in...My grandmother shouldn't have to battle to keep her apartment." These words were spoken by Donovan, a 16-year-old resident of East New York, last month in a roundtable meeting with young men from neighborhoods across Brooklyn.
Posted Date: Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:19
Do you know more about apps for your phone than apps for your browser? Many are unaware that apps and other add-ons are available for their browsers, are often free, and can provide unique tools to make their online experience better. So if you are a busy philanthropic professional, what apps might you want to try?
Posted Date: Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:35
Monterey County, California, is a remarkable place. Great beauty. Great resources. We have Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Salinas and Salinas Valley (Steinbeck Country), and Monterey Bay. We also have a large immigrant population, here largely to help harvest the vegetables that land on your dinner table, no matter your city or state. We have another large population serving our $4 billion tourist economy.
Posted Date: Thu, 03/20/2014 - 16:34
In the Quad Cities, a bi-state community situated on the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois, three students drop out of high school every school day… meaning that between 600-700 students drop out of school every year. While our community’s drop out problem is less severe than in other communities, the lost potential represented in this statistic is not acceptable. In 2008, the Board of Directors for the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend (CFGRB) made high school graduation our number one community impact priority.