“All of the ingredients were there for a better Harpers. It was just putting it together and making it taste good.”

“When they hear someone talk about Heart and Soul, they feel like they made a contribution.”

“Our board decided we wanted to put more emphasis on the youth in Jackson County because they’re our future.”

“Nothing is ever simple. It takes creativity, and a willingness to experiment and we really put on our thinking caps as we approached these deep and critical questions that will help our organization to grow.”

“We can step up to our volunteers and say we have experts willing to help and see us succeed.”


Edgewood: Moving toward a healthy and vibrant future

Elise Bergan, Edgewood Economic Development Director, led the Philanthropic Tools project in Edgewood. In between her Facebook posts to promote the Homecoming mum sale and the updated Rodeo schedule, Bergan convened her board, chamber of commerce officers, school board members, and elected city council volunteers to face their collective future. To say that she cracked […]

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Monticello: Discovering the Heart of a Community

In April 2016, more than 100 people filled the Citizen’s State Bank Youth Development Center at the Great Jones County Fairgrounds in Monticello for Celebrate Monticello. The celebration brought friends and neighbors from all parts of the community together to share food and good conversations about what makes Monticello so special. “We had been gathering […]

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