Political Capital

Political Capital

People in a community with high political capital have the collective ability to find their own voice and to engage in actions that contribute to the well-being of their community. Having people’s voices heard begins by simply exercising their voting rights.

SOCIAL CAPITAL

SOCIAL CAPITAL

Understanding the structure of the community and the way people cooperate, form connections, and participate in the life of the community helps policymakers and community stakeholders make better, more informed decisions.

HUMAN CAPITAL

HUMAN CAPITAL

Population, job growth, educational data, and health status of community residents provides information on the investment in human capital. When a person is not able to meet basic needs, such as access to food, clothing, shelter, and education, human capital deteriorates.

NATURAL CAPITAL

NATURAL CAPITAL

When we are building communities, it is important to recognize our natural assets and maximize upon their potential. When trying to invest in its natural capital, the community can focus attention to

  • To improve utilization of natural resources
  • To preserve and enhance the beauty of nature by organizing and utilizing trails and parks
  • To protect the environment and improve the services that nature provides.

ND Compass Community Building Toolkit Series Introduction

ND Compass Community Building Toolkit Series Introduction

This is the introduction to a series of articles that will define the capitals and provide indicators, geographies, and characteristics through a Community Building Toolkit. The toolkit aims to help identify forms of capital in the community, understand how capital is invested, and educate the community so they are better equipped to form plans of action.

NDCF Community Giving

NDCF Community Giving

Projects that strengthen and deepen the roots of our communities have always counted on generous people to give of their time, expertise and treasure. However a large amount of value can leave a community as populations and businesses come and go, and if there is no cost-effective structure to allow Legacies to be established. The NDCF offers financial professionals, individuals, businesses, schools, and non-profits, multi-faceted community-based tools and resources to establish new funds or to grow existing ones that NDCF currently manages. This helps residents and others who once called the area home with simple solutions to create a Legacy for current and future generations.

What Makes People Happy with Their Communities?

What Makes People Happy with Their Communities?

Communities with high levels of connectedness have higher GDP growth than communities where there are fewer opportunities to connect. Residents who love where they live vote more and volunteer more! 

For more information on community connectedness, check out the Soul of the Community Study conducted by the Knight Foundation.