The Foundation’s new Neighborhood Initiative was successfully launched under the capable leadership of Lee Nelson Weber.

As part of the Initiative, we completed a base-line study of the existing housing, education, income, and crime conditions in selected neighborhoods; assessed residents’ interests and concerns; identified mortgage lending practices within the city; and worked with many neighborhood-based groups to address issues of poverty. We are also offering a management training series to strengthen neighborhood leaders’ ability to solve community problems. These efforts have coincided with the City’s master plan and have given central city residents a meaningful voice in defining priorities.

We will continue to assist neighborhood groups as they establish effective and collaborative programs that help residents build personal wealth and stable lives. It takes a variety of roles to create the mosaic of a welcoming and successful neighborhood-committeed volunteers, knowledgeable leaders, and strong programs. Only after all these elements are present can donated dollars effectively and efficiently improve a community.