For the past 19 years, the Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) has brought a fervent belief in inclusive, engaged communities to its work in California’s Pacific Northwest. These practices have been well accepted by increasing numbers of residents, community leaders, activists, and local institutions and have been adopted by some foundations both in and out of the region. We do not hold ourselves up as a “model” or as an example of best practices. We do know, however, that as a foundation inseparable from our larger community, we have learned a lot. We know, too, that the work is organic and iterative and that many open questions remain. While we have much yet to learn, we have much to share with others interested in this work.
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