University of Wisconsin–Madison

A New Anchor Mission for a New Century

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Education, Environment & Natural Resources, Finance & Procurement, Health
As the community foundation field reaches the century mark and faces growing pressure on its business model, many communities at the same time are struggling with economic distress. To meet these converging challenges, an innovative group of community foundations are beginning to deepen and shift how they work - adopting an anchor mission that seeks to fully deploy all resources to build community wealth. They are calling on all assets at their disposal - financial, human, intellectual, and political - in service of their communities' economic well-being. Moving into territory relatively uncharted for community foundations, they are taking up impact investing and economic development - some in advanced ways, others with small steps. This report offers an overview of how 30 representative community foundations, large and small, urban and rural, are working toward adopting this new anchor mission.

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