Some community foundations are increasingly assuming roles of leadership in their local areas following a trend of attacking the deep problems of poor, underserved communities at a neighborhood level. Place-based change has arisen in response to extended times of fiscal constraint, shrinking federal budgets, and the growing notion that the local level is a critical leverage point from which to reach struggling families, youth, and communities. Yet at the same time, community-based organizations are encountering budget squeezes and fierce competition for funding. Social service agencies must deal with bureaucratic, unwieldy, and perpetually under-funded systems. Policy makers face a constant pressure to be responsive to voters – voters who tend not to be the people most in need of help. As other regional players struggle, community foundations are well placed to become important agents of social change.Link: http://arnova.omnibooksonline.com/2006/data/papers/PN062035.3.pdf
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