Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy

Publication date: 
January, 2013

This occasional paper from the Kettering Foundation is written by Peter Pennekamp, former executive director of the Humboldt Area Foundation.  Pennekamp explores the questions of why and how community democracy can be both a cultural choice and an organizing system for philanthropy.  He accomplishes this through stories that demonstrate the principles and practices, continually refined by experiences in Northern California communities and by lessons from other communities. He recounts a diverse business community jointly and openly tackling an economic downturn; deeply conflicted timber and environmental leaders meeting to find common ground; American Indian health activists accessing and contributing to the resources of the larger community; and diverse grassroots leaders identifying and acting on common concerns.

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