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The economic decline packed a double-whammy for community foundations: Assets are down and community needs are up. But, as always, community foundations stepped up to the plate to address burgeoning needs.
Community foundations have their organizational finger on the pulse of the community. They are nimble and know what to do to respond. They embarked on [...]

Who would have ever thought that the most difficult information to find is homegrown. It seems almost intuitive that local information should be the easiest to come by. It’s not and it is critical to civic engagement and dialogue. Without solid local information, we are disconnected from important issues that affect quality of life.

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