The Ontario Trillium Foundation works with others to make strategic investments to build healthy, sustainable and caring communities in Ontario.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is encouraging communities from across Ontario to share their success stories as part of 1998 Caring Communities Award.
The award acknowledges communities as a whole - not organizations or individuals - for their achievements in making their collective home a better place to live. Communities may be defined by geography, such as a neighbourhood or town, or by common backgrounds and experiences.
CRITERIA FOR THE CARING COMMUNITIES AWARD
1. Significant and specific community achievements, especially in the face of limited resources and difficult circumstances.
2. Creative and long-term use of people's energy and skills.
3. Recognition and involvement of diverse segments (ethnic, racial, socio-economic, age, educational level, gender, disabled, etc.) in community decision making.
4. Potential to teach and inspire others.
Five Capacities That Build Communities, and Ten Things Funders Can Do to Support Them by Julie White [executive director Trillium Foundation]
Healthy, Sustainable, Livable, Safe, Green... Better Communities by Trevor Hancock
Also see RESOURCES & TOOLS for Caring Communities
"Community or Solitude?" by John Godfrey, M.P. This speech from the 1996 Couchiching Conference gives a perspective from government.
"On Magnets and Magnates" by Sherri Torjman, Vice President, Caledon Institute of Social Policy. This summarizes most of the above views in considering how its community values make Toronto one of the world's best places to do business.