Civic life is everywhere

When Americans connect over shared goals and make plans together, that is civic life at work. Across the country, communities are demonstrating the power of everyday efforts that help Americans design the future they want to see. Whether it is improving access to groceries, offering job training, or assisting with disaster relief, local groups are reshaping traditional civic life by meeting the unique needs of their communities.

Meet our grantees

Learn about our grantees and their work transforming their communities with creative solutions, new programming and a shared vision for change.

Four Bands Community Fund

Four Bands Community Fund is catalyzing opportunities for residents to bypass structural barriers and build a robust civic ecosystem together.

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Abara

Working in an important border crossing, Abara is creating space to convene and tackle difficult topics.

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Black Belt Community Foundation

The Alabama-based community foundation builds a civic marketplace by supporting programs that meet residents’ need.

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Front Porch Forum

Front Porch Forum’s network of free online local forums has become essential civic infrastructure all across Vermont.

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Humboldt Area Foundation and Wild Rivers Community Foundation (HAF+WRCF)

Through place-based work, HAF+WRCF supports local residents as they work together to address economic development, racial equity, environmental resilience, and more.

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Adirondack Foundation

In a rapidly changing region, Adirondack Foundation is taking a community-centered approach to address economic distress, poverty, and displacement.

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Invest Appalachia

Invest Appalachia is unlocking community-led projects that are building inclusive economies in places that have faced historical disinvestment.

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Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque

Since 2003, the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque’s mission has been to empower communities and ignite generosity.

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Partridge Creek Farm

Partridge Creek Farm (PCF) believes that the relationship between generations, the soil, and the future is integral to building thriving civic life.

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Warm Cookies of the Revolution

Warm Cookies offers creative opportunities for community members to interact and engage in civic life throughout Colorado’s San Luis Valley.

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Innovia Community Foundation

Based in eastern Washington, Innovia is responding with a mission to ignite generosity and make daily life better for its community members.

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Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation

IVWF helps community members in its region to engage, plan and elevate their voices to make change a reality.

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Entidad

Entidad creates digital tools that enable underserved community members to participate in the discussions and issues that impact them.

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Communities Unlimited

A new initiative is bolstering civic infrastructure across rural East Texas with deeply invested, locally-embedded teams.

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Sipp Culture

Sipp Culture taps into its region’s legacy to bring people together and support community development from the ground up.

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Chinle Planting Hope

Chinle Planting Hope is promoting community connection and providing the resources and support needed to help the area’s most vulnerable neighbors thrive.

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The Industrial Commons

The Industrial Commons is transforming life for workers in Western North Carolina by driving economic opportunity and spurring locally rooted wealth.

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Vibrant Hawaiʻi

Vibrant Hawaiʻi believes that people have the wisdom to know what their communities need, and it is committed to supporting their vision.

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Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

The Kentucky-based foundation’s approach is to meet communities where they are instead of telling them where they should be.

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West Virginia Community Development Hub

The Hub is creating a statewide network of local civic ecosystems where volunteers lead the revitalization of their communities.

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Community voices

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"The easiest thing to do is to follow the status quo. The most difficult work comes from making sure that all voices are heard."

Felecia L. Lucky, President, Black Belt Community Foundation

Location: Selma, Alabama
Sector: Community Development

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“This work is a bet that a better future is possible—and that most people, given the opportunity, want to help make that future happen.”

Michael Wood-Lewis, Co-Founder & CEO, Front Porch Forum

Location: Burlington, Vermont
Sector: Digital

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“We want to find a way to move the narrative from fear to possibility.”

Cali Brooks, President & CEO, Adirondack Foundation

Location: Lake Placid, New York
Sector: Community Development, Economic Development