Ford Institute for Community Building

Empowering citizens and organizations

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Independence, Oregon, a community served by The Ford Family Foundation

A vital rural community has capacity (the ability to learn, plan, make decisions, and act together) and is realizing positive social, economic, and environmentally sustainable outcomes.  

Our work is based in and guided by these Community Building Principles and Practices. Learn more about the Community Building Approach.

Stronger Connections »

Rural residents foster more diverse, trusting and productive relationships. 

Increased capacity »

Rural residents recognize, own, and act on the power they have to shape their communities future. 

Community-Led Change »

Rural residents and community actors create and lead the change they want to see. There is an emphasis to support communities as they plan together, create change, celebrate and reflect.


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