How we work
Historically, we have invested time or financial resources when three key elements have converged:
We focus on opportunities or needs as they present themselves.
We look for ideas that enhance thriving in our community.
Unique Ability to Contribute
We select projects to which we bring unique capabilities, relationships, or resources that enable an excellent solution.
Our best ideas have stemmed from understanding our place, its unique needs, its people and our culture.
We endeavor to deeply understand our community’s triumphs and challenges. We form our imagination about project opportunities by being immersed in community and collaborating with our neighbors, partners, and friends.
We continuously gather inspiration from innovative projects in other communities around the world and sift for those that may work well in ours.
Imaginations ignited, we turn ideas into investments with a balance of precision and flexibility to change. Our process of design fuses a keen attentiveness to the best ideas from cities around the world, an experimental willingness to incubate our own ideas, and a collaborative openness to supporting the innovations of our neighbors.
We have learned that real, meaningful investment takes time and heart, which we lean into fully.
Even after a project launches, we aim for continual improvement. We are never satisfied with “good enough” and strive for excellence in everything we work on.
Read about how two of our projects got started below!