A Community-Informed Approach
At the root of a thriving community lies connectedness. However, it’s never been easier to insulate ourselves from others’ experiences and ideas. Technology lets us limit our contact to people who look, act and think like us. We see the results of social and intellectual isolation and the inability to relate and listen with empathy every day.
As philanthropists, a key legacy we can pass to our children is the gift of being in community with neighbors who have different backgrounds, day-to-day experiences and perspectives. In coming months, you’ll begin to hear results of The Saint Paul Foundation’s new East Metro Pulse survey and report, a snapshot of community connectedness. We surveyed thousands of residents to gauge how they experience community, and the daily challenges and opportunities they encounter.
This report will be our gift to philanthropists and community agents of change as well as a driving force behind our grantmaking. To effect positive change, we believe those affected by our work as philanthropists must also be part of forming and informing the work we do. East Metro Pulse is one way we’re informed by our community in the work of building community.
- Eric J. Jolly, Ph.D., President and CEO, The Saint Paul and Minnesota Community Foundations