News & events


October 2, 2019 | 8:00 am Eastern

2019 Co-op Impact Conference

We are excited to be attending the 2019 Co-op Impact Conference in Arlington, Virginia. Cooperatives provide unique, quality service to members and consumers, sustain communities, enterprises and individuals through locally rooted ...

September 19, 2019 | 9:00 am Eastern

Radically Rural 2019 Summit

August 21, 2019 | 11:00 am Central

6th Annual aLABama Downtown Laboratory Conference

July 22, 2019 | 9:00 am Eastern

Downtown Intersections 2019 Conference

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Orton Featured in National Publication

Christian Science Monitor Story Focuses on Orton Orton Family Foundation Executive Director David Leckey was recently featured in the Christian Science Monitor’s “People Making a Difference” series. David talks about how community building is at the core of the foundation’s ...

Can the Humanities Play a Role in Community Development? One Foundation Thinks So

If you’re reading this, you’re probably familiar with many of the talking points about how the humanities benefit society. Exposure to the arts improves student test scores. Museum attendance leads to positive developmental outcomes. And a liberal arts education can cultivate ...

Heart & Soul in Western Maine Spotlighted

Cat Ingraham grew up in the Saco area and worked out west for the US park service before returning to Maine and enrolling at the University of Maine/Farmington. Cat graduated from UMF in 2013 with a degree in Environmental Planning ...

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A small Texas city established in 2013, is charting a course with Heart & Soul —E-newsletter November 2017

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It’s National Community Planning Month. —E-newsletter October 2017

It’s National Community Planning Month. Get residents on board with Comp Plans that rock…and win awards! Read E-newsletter Sign up for our e-newsletter

Practicing civility every day.—E-newsletter September 2017

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Orton Brings Community Heart & Soul to Virginia Partnership with Department of Housing and Community Development

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: David Weaver, director of communications,, 802-495-0864 Amanda Love, PR Director, DHCD,, 804-371-7006 ORTON BRINGS COMMUNITY HEART & SOUL® TO VIRGINIA PARTNERSHIP WITH DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SHELBURNE, Vt. (May 15, 2019)—Orton Family ...

Moving Beyond Triage in Rural America’s Opioid Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Leslie Wright, senior associate of marketing and communications,, 802-495-0864 MOVING BEYOND TRIAGE IN RURAL AMERICA’S OPIOID CRISIS WEBINAR FOCUSES ON REAL SOLUTIONS FROM THE FRONT LINES SHELBURNE, Vt. (April 17, 2019)— On average, 130 Americans ...