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How This Book Came About
Among the lessons the David and Lucile Packard Foundation learned during its six-year, $3 million Communities 2000 Initiative was that grassroots projects that encourage civic involvement are the most satisfying to their participants and the most likely to benefit the entire community.
Small Grants, Big Differences is the final publication about the initiative, in which Packard made major grants to the Peninsula Community Foundation, the Community Foundation for Monterey County and the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. The three community foundations, in turn, made modest grants to more than 200 neighborhood projects organized and run by residents.
Study Center was hired to document the initiative, and over five years also wrote, produced and published The Community Builder, a bilingual newsletter that followed the program’s progress. Small Grants, Big Differences illustrates the initiative’s successes and challenges through a sampling of stories about neighbors who used the small grants to achieve common goals and grassroots leaders who emerged to lead projects.
In addition to stories and photos, Small Grants, Big Differences dissects the initiative’s challenges from Packard’s point of view, and from the point of view of the three community foundations as they implemented the program to suit their needs and those of their neighborhoods.