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Read our latest media releases featuring Foundation news, events and developments in our Project Towns.
Making choices about a town’s future can be tough. Towns need a true north; a clear direction based on what people care about in their community. Heart & Soul offers a path for decision making that helps navigate both the tsunami-scale changes and the less dramatic tidal fluctuations communities experience.
Heart & Soul gets more input from people whose voices are rarely heard. How? We go where no community outreach has gone before, break down assumptions, and really listen.
Last month, the CommunityMatters® partnership offered a workshop for 40 representatives of Newport, VT’s local government, business community, non-profit sector, service clubs, and community volunteers to develop a framework for action to improve community decision-making and problem solving.
Sometimes it just takes a spark to ignite the potential of a city. In the case of Biddeford, Maine, that spark was Heart & Soul Community Planning.
Lyman Orton, Orton Family Foundation founder and Board Chair, announced today that David Leckey has joined the Foundation as Executive Director. Leckey will help bring the organization’s signature Heart & Soul Community Planning program and other initiatives to wider prominence and use.
The Orton Family Foundation is excited to announce that it will partner with the National Endowment for the Arts, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Project for Public Spaces, and the CommunityMatters partners to lead the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD).
The Orton Family Foundation is proud to announce the launch of a national CommunityMatters partnership, including Orton and six other leading community building organizations.
Lyman Orton, Orton Family Foundation founder and Board Chair, announced today that Bill Roper, President & CEO of the Foundation, has decided to leave after 14 years with the organization. Roper joined the Foundation in 1998 and was made President & CEO in 2006.
The Orton Family Foundation announced today its selection of five communities to receive $100,000 each over two years to pursue a process that will reveal the places and qualities that matter most to residents and make each town special.