Communities should be able to thrive on their own terms.
Generational and Community Vitality is a partnership between Northwest Health Foundation and Northwest Area Foundation, guided by our shared values of equity and community leadership, among others. This partnership draws on both of our strengths and our resources: for example, Northwest Health Foundation’s experience funding nonprofits to improve health where it begins – in our schools, neighborhoods and workplaces – and Northwest Area Foundation’s experience investing in rural and Native communities to improve economic opportunity.
After several conversations and community visits, we decided to fund the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians to design a collaborative community engagement process for their next comprehensive plan.
In the past, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians has struggled to engage many tribal members in its planning process. Three out of four Siletz tribal members live outside Lincoln County, so it is understandably difficult to reach everyone.
By engaging more tribal members, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians knows they can create a comprehensive plan that reflects and supports everyone – a plan for community development on their own terms.