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Innovator

Through collaboration with community partners, businesses and donors, we create new solutions that drive positive, lasting change.

Anne Soto, Director, Grantmaking
"We have to push beyond the status quo, listen to the experts — and each other — and invest in truly transformative answers to the question we’ve been asking for decades: how do we create a community where all thrive?"
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Career Academies

Career Academies prepares high school students for in-demand, high wage careers through real-world experiences and training.

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Full Lives

An innovative two-year initiative, Full Lives takes a community-driven, place-based approach to improving local food systems.

Big Challenges Require Big Ideas

Through intentional ongoing collaboration, we deliver innovative ways to solve community challenges, informed answers through data and technology, and scalable solutions built upon proven initiatives.

  • collaborate

    Collaborate

    We listen as experts in convening community and believe deliberate conversations with our nonprofit partners, the community and donors lead to innovation.
  • connect

    Connect

    We co-create and test emerging ideas and strategies with our nonprofit partners.
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    Create Change

    We amplify and scale promising strategies that drive results, impact change and significantly disrupt inequities by income, race or place.

Impact of Innovation

278
food sector jobs created
50,000
residents supported by stronger food systems
9,500
college and technical school credits earned
$3MM
in tuition saved

What’s Your Role?

Community Changemaker

We can’t do this work without the support of changemakers like you. Donate to help us fund innovative solutions or share your ideas for how we can fuel change in our community.