capacity building

Run to the Border 5K (image by Janell Summer)

Partnership, collaboration, and collective action requires that passionate, skilled, and accessible individuals within systems connect, find common ground, pool perspectives and resources and take risks together. We explore pathways and possibilities and accept that in the work of building safe, healthy and resilient communities–the map gets handed out at the end of the journey.

WFCN sponsors grassroots efforts and nonprofits that align with our mission. We support projects that serve unmet needs and build skills and opportunities for children and families. The current projects we support are:

We operate from the theory of change illustrated below in our projects and partnerships:

Community capacity building often refers to strengthening the skills, competencies and abilities of people and communities to respond to challenges, issues and systemic inequities.
Have a conversation. Everything begins with conversation. Talk with the others in your group. Talk with our Executive Director to see if there is a good fit. Start talking in community.
Honorees are nominated by past honorees, community partners and projects, and board members. For more information about the Community Builders Awards (including past honorees), click here.

projects & partnerships

Our partners are numerous and diverse spanning the county and made up of both individuals and organizations. Click here to learn more about our projects and partners.

community builder awards

Ken Gass Community Builder Awards recognizes honorees that have contributed to building community and improving the lives of children, youth, and families. Check it out.


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