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"Philanthropy and Resident Engagement:
The Promise of Democracy"

Read the press release with a summary of each article

Press Release

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contact Caroline Merenda, Program Director at cmerenda@cfleads.org
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The Fall 2013 issue of the National Civic Review, "Philanthropy and Resident Engagement: The Promise of Democracy," examines the vital role philanthropy can play in cultivating strong, connected communities where residents are actively engaged in shaping their community's future.

The idea for the issue emerged from the CFLeads Cultivating Community Engagement (CCE) Panel. CFLeads convened the panel in 2012 and 2013 to better understand and capture the role residents can—and should—play in community leadership. For nearly a year, this diverse group of 34 distinguished individuals from philanthropy, academia, government and community and neighborhood organizations that work closely with residents engaged in a dynamic interchange, resulting in a Call to Action, an updated Framework for Community Leadership, and an outline of the rich material included in the issue.

The issue opens with the panel's Call to Action, which makes the case for more resident engagement by community foundations and provides specific principles to guide such efforts. The issue also includes case studies of three community foundations that have embraced resident engagement through their community leadership experiences: The Denver Foundation, Foundation for the Mid South and The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

The full table of contents explores the critical interplay of philanthropy and residents and includes the following:

  • Download: Beyond the Brink: A New Call to Action on   Resident Engagement by Community Foundations
    Beyond the Brink: A New Call to Action on
    Resident Engagement by Community Foundations
    Prepared by the CFLeads Cultivating Community Engagement Panel
  • Download: The View from the Heights of Arnstein's Ladder: Resident Engagement by Community Foundations
    The View from the Heights of Arnstein's Ladder: Resident Engagement by Community Foundations
    G. Albert Ruesga, Barry Knight
  • Neighborhood Necessities: Seven Functions that
    Only Effectively Organized Neighborhoods Can Provide
    John McKnight
  • Download: Case Study: Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
    Case Study: Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque
    Cynthia M. Gibson
  • Download: Case Study: The Denver Foundation
    Case Study: The Denver Foundation
    Matt Leighninger
  • Download: Case Study: Foundation for the Mid-South
    Case Study: Foundation for the Mid-South
    Cynthia M. Gibson
  • Download: The Why and How of Engaging Residents for Change
    The Why and How of Engaging Residents for Change*
    Garland Yates, Tim Saasta
  • Download: A Conversation with Emmett Carson
    A Conversation with Emmett Carson
    Peter H. Pennekamp
  • Download: Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy
    Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy*
    Peter H. Pennekamp with Anne Focke
  • A Building Resident Leadership in Detroit:
    the Skillman Foundation's Experience
    By Tonya Allen
  • Download: A Resident-Centered Community Building:   What makes it different?
    A Resident-Centered Community Building:
    What Makes It Different?*
    By Anne, C. Kubisch, Patricia Auspos, Tom Dewar and Sydney Taylor

* Links connect to full articles from which the National Civic Review articles were adapted.