Fragmented problems and fractured resources. Power
issues and turf protection. The appearance of collaboration without
real substance. Small wonder so many funders get frustrated-and
so many community problems go unsolved. It doesn't have to be that
way. By focusing on solutions -by helping communities uncover and
explore their highest aspirations, and by supporting and sustaining
systematic, strategic efforts to reach them-funders can be the lasting
change they want to see. Based on five years of research and hands-on
experience, Community Visions, Community Solutions is for any funder
who wants to encourage, enable, and be a real part of community
Filled with fresh ideas, concrete strategies, wisdom
from the field, compelling case studies, and contact information
so you can find out more, this book provokes both thought and action,
fosters new ideas, and leads to solutions.
for grantmakers, individual donors, or any philanthropic professionals
who hope to see community change in their lifetime."
Elwood Hopkins, Director, Los Angeles Urban Funders,
Los Angeles, CA
"Any leader,whether in a foundation,
a nonprofit organization, or a public agency, should read this book
and ponder 'what might be' in more effective community problem solving."
Eugene Wilson, Senior Vice President, Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City,MO
"As funders attempt to enhance
the community's problem-solving capacity, services integration,
and human and financial resources coordination, this book will be
Paula Allen-Meares, Dean and Professor, Norma
Radin Collegiate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan
School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI
"Authors Connor and Kadel-Taras
help funders understand the dynamics and the process of community
problem solving and become a responsible part of the solution."
Richard K. Rappleye, Vice President, Field Services,C.S.Mott
"This book can help foundations
examine their policies and procedures as a stimulus for doing business
in an enlightened twenty-first century style."
Patricia Denhart, Community Liaison, Northwest
Area Foundation, Saint Paul, MN