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.
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.
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.