Advocating for equitable economic growth, strong civic health and safe, sustainable communities.
The Region’s Greatest Asset: Its People
Home to more than five million people, metro Atlanta is one of the fastest growing regions in the U.S. The area remains uniquely complex due to the region’s racial and social stratification, geographic sprawl and divisive politics. As a result, economic and demographic prosperity exists side-by-side with educational disparity, poverty, stagnant social mobility and underemployment.
The Foundation understands that healthy communities develop through a balance of power, as well as access to critical needs and services, such as housing, jobs and transportation. In our experience, the greatest obstacle for many communities is the ability to strengthen, organize and leverage individual and collective civic actions.
However, through focused partnerships and programs, the Community Foundation seeks to ensure that all residents of our region have the resources and tools to accomplish their collective and individual goals. And we’re working with regional stakeholders to advance policies that address core community needs, such as affordable housing, jobs, green space, transit and civic engagement—all to help to connect all of the region’s residents to growth and opportunity.
We’ll measure progress by tracking:
- Median wages
- Access to reliable transportation
- Community/civic engagement (group participation, safety, voting in local elections)
- Percentage of parks and green space
- Percentage of affordable housing units
To Learn More About Supporting Community Development, Please Contact:
Program Officer, Thriving Communities