Expand Community-Centered Design
We have learned through initiatives like Project Activate that much about the way ideas are generated and gain traction in communities is by taking a grassroots approach. Too often funders like community foundations attempt to dictate what a community needs, rather than understanding that communities know better than anyone the most pressing issues that they face. This way of doing things further entrenches systems that silence voices and keeps reach change from taking hold.
We are committed to Community-Centered Design: an approach that works to listen to ideas of the community, create space for those ideas to be shaped by residents of that community and financially support those ideas.
We are committed to ideas that are built with the community, by the community, and for the community that needs them. And while this work has only just begun with Project Activate, and we still have much to learn, we will be expanding this approach moving forward.