Social Capital

The Foundation defines social capital as connections among people, based on trust, which enhance cooperation for mutual benefit.  Social capital is built when people of all races, classes, ages, and interests join together to work toward the improvement of a community. Communities where social capital is high are most successful in all measures of community health.  The Foundation is particularly interested in these aspects of social capital:
  • Broadening and diversifying leadership and involvement
  • Increasing trust, especially across lines of difference
  • Encouraging people to do more with others rather than for others

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