The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines announced recipients of the Better Together Award at its Celebration Luncheon April 27. The Better Together Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and individuals who are building social capital in our community.
The Wallace Centers of Iowa was recognized as the organization recipient and received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation to advance its social capital work. Bruce Bernard, President of the Urbandale Community Action Network, was named the individual recipient and received a $1,000 award to be distributed to the organization of his choice that is building social capital.
Social capital is defined as connections among diverse people or groups, based on trust, that enhance cooperation for mutual benefit. Those who build social capital possess a unique set of skills and attitudes that enable them to collaborate effectively, make connections between diverse sectors, bridge differences and nurture social networks to make a difference.