In the News: What Philanthropy Elites Can Learn from Appalachia

The Commons, a new project of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, highlights several new philanthropic ventures, like the Trust for Civic Life, that are testing out hyper-local strategies to fight polarization and strengthen communities.

Stephen Heinz, President of Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Trust for Civic Life Council Member told The Chronicle that changes in election law and governing institutions like Congress are necessary to tamp down polarization, but even if the country could accomplish them all, it won’t be enough. “The institutions of our democracy have to stand on the foundation of a strong civic culture,” he explained. “And right now, our civic culture has been degraded and is really very weak at its roots.”

Read the full article at The Commons.