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How can place-based foundations use the local media to advance their goals on issues vital to a healthy community? These 4 case studies take a look at lessons learned from each profiled foundation, and show what impact the foundations were able to achieve with their approach.

Top Takeaways

  1. The cases highlight lessons in design and planning, community engagement, and project development.
  2. The first step is to understand how your residents obtain information, what motivates them, and what their needs are.
  3. Make advancements in information access, capacity, and engagement.
Communities did not have access to information that would help them understand the problems they were facing and the solutions they might craft. [We] needed some way for people to understand what was happening in Trenton [the state capital] and connect that to issues that affected their lives.

Ingrid reed, FORMER BOARD MEMBER
community foundation of new jersey