Community Foundation is not simply
made up of " You" and " Me"...
We are the Kinetic Capital
WE ARE ALL
OF OUR COMMUNITY.
want to see
There is no power for change greater than a community
discovering what it cares about.
is the only federal agency tasked
with elevating service and volunteerism in America.
For more than 25 years, we have helped millions of Americans improve their lives and the lives of their fellow citizens through service. We work hand-in-hand with local partners to tap the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle our country's most pressing challenges. We are AmeriCorps, AmeriCorps Seniors, the Volunteer Generation Fund, and more.
To improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.
AMERiCorps Serves Your Community
AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps Seniors serve at more than 40,000 locations across the country to meet community needs related to education, health, energy and conservation, economic development, veterans and military families, and disaster services.
AMERiCorps Award Grants, Funding, and Other Resources
National service is a cost-effective solution that taps the power of citizens to get things done. We multiply the impact of our investment by generating hundreds of millions of non-federal dollars, mobilizing millions of additional volunteers, and operating with a high degree of accountability and efficiency:
Approximately 75,000 AmeriCorps members mobilize millions of community volunteers for the organizations they serve, increasing their reach and impact.
Our AmeriCorps Seniors programs tap the skills and experience of more than 200,000 older Americans to meet pressing community needs.
AmeriCorps Impacts Communities Across the Country
Our nation’s strength comes from our people. America has always been at its best when citizens together, joined in common purpose. We help focus this energy on local challenges to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every day.
We support high-impact service to meet pressing needs, from illiteracy and homelessness to hunger and disasters. More than 1 million alumni have given more than 1.4 billion hours of service through AmeriCorps, helping millions of our most-vulnerable citizens.
We support economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, disaster preparedness and response, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.
We increase educational opportunity through Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards that have provided more than $3.3 billion to AmeriCorps alumni.
EMPOWERING ECONOMIC EQUALITY
IGNITING SOCIAL CHANGE
ENERGIZING SMALL BUSINESS
For some communities, the technology, globalization and centralized government that was meant to bring us together has resulted in local disempowerment, leading to high rates of unemployment and crime. Economist Raghuram Rajan emphasizes the importance of decentralization and offers five key elements needed to restore and revive an ailing community.
This talk was presented at an official TED event.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Economist Dr. Raghuram Rajan proposes that world leaders allow the state and institutions to manage economic health, neglecting a crucial component of prosperity: the "third pillar" of locally based communities.