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.

Local Action »

We believe community residents with different perspectives can work together to take action on community-identified issues.


We provide tools and resources to promote regional connections. 

Statewide Systems

Explore coordination, research and policy opportunities to strengthen rural infrastructures.

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