· Building upon a previously published volume on Comprehensive Community Initiatives, this article focuses upon the implications for foundations of what has been learned about CCIs.
· CCIs can demonstrate increased community capacity and improved outcomes for some residents in their target neighborhoods, but they cannot demonstrate population-level change in key indicators of well-being.
· Five key questions about the role of funders and how they engage in community change are posed and discussed.
· Deep engagement in the community; thoughtful collaboration among funders of various types and sizes; the willingness to use other resources, capacities and tools in addition to grants; and using evaluation for learning are some of the ways in which foundations might have a greater impact.
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Kubisch, A., Auspos, P., Brown, P., Buck, E., & Dewar, T. (2011). Voices From the Field III: Lessons and Challenges for Foundations Based on Two Decades of Community-Change Efforts. The Foundation Review, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.4087/FOUNDATIONREVIEW-D-11-00010