Helping The Community
The impact of a social policy is measurable, so the strategies organizations deploy to address social issues should be too. Social involvement helps define the organization to itself and to the public. We help organizations develop strategies to achieve measurable progress towards resolving a community need.
This is how we do it…
We help organizations rationalize the impact of social actions and align them with their goals—this has proven to be a powerful combination. By connecting community impact strategies with organizational goals, organizations can more readily identify collaboration points and synergies. This leads to conscious social development.
For example, a company has a stated goal of boosting local sourcing. The company may invest in specific business incubators which may yield new suppliers, partners, or franchisees. Directing dollars in this way may serve to add jobs to the local economy and while addressing the organization’s sourcing objective.
Systems have tremendous impacts on communities—both good and bad. While social ills such as economic deprivation, social inequity, and environmental injustice are products of larger systemic issues, organizations are becoming increasingly more aware of their role in addressing these issues where they operate. We work with organizations to assess systemic impacts on communities and develop strategies to reduce or eliminate harmful results. Together, we can create profound social progress when we make systems work better for everyone.
Creating an impact is a significant achievement but maintaining it over time requires great intention and focus. We work with organizations to create sustainable social solutions that center the community’s needs with an eye toward fostering relationships that support progress in the future.
To explain, sustainable solutions have built-in factors that contribute to durability. One factor is the choice of project, such as developing jobs in a growth sector or developing strategies that meet ongoing needs. For example, job training in health services might be a more sustainable solution than one in fossil fuels. A community program that provides infant care and early childhood education may be more sustainable than a babysitting service.
Sustainability, of course, also has an important environmental connotation that our work also addresses. Progress must always consider its impact on the ecosystems in which it occurs. Many communities of color bear disproportionate impacts from poor air and water quality due to progress in some industries. These fundamental factors can affect overall health and well-being as well as economic factors like property values. There is no sustainable progress without environmental justice.
In a democracy, the vote is the essential voice of every citizen, and voting is the democratic method for directing and redirecting public resources to meet community needs. Voter education is the fulcrum for civic participation. We support community organizations and efforts to raise voter education and improve voter access.
Volunteerism is a foundation for community action. Volunteers add energy, urgency, and person-power to any movement for progress and change. By promoting volunteerism, organizations position themselves as good citizens through example and advocacy. We work with organizations to develop inspired programs that promote community leadership and volunteerism.