The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines announced recipients of the Better Together Award at its Celebration Luncheon May 3. The Better Together Award recognizes nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and individuals who are building social capital in our community.
The Des Moines Community Playhouse was recognized as the organization recipient and received a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation to advance its social capital work. David Hurd 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.
Additional finalists for the Better Together Organization Award were Gateway Dance Theatre, Meals from the Heartland and the World Food Prize.
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.