Community Foundation announces finalists for Better Together Award recognizing organizations, groups and individuals building social capital

Apr. 14, 2011 null

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines is honoring nonprofit organizations, civic groups, and individuals who are building social capital in our community with the Better Together Award. Finalists for the award have been selected and the recipient in each category will be announced at the Community Foundation's Celebration Luncheon & Report to the Community April 27, 2011, at the Downtown Des Moines Marriott from noon to 1:15 p.m. The organization recipient will receive a $2,500 grant from the Community Foundation to advance its social capital work. The individual recipient will receive a $1,000 award to be distributed to the organization of the recipient's choice that is building social capital.


Organization Finalists:

 AMOS-A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Meals from the Heartland

The Wallace Centers of Iowa

Individual Finalists:

Barb Allen, Board President of Partnership for a Healthy Community

Bruce Bernard, President of the Urbandale Community Action Network

Mark Heppner, Executive Director of Salisbury House & Gardens

Matt McGarvey, Director of The Wellmark Foundation

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.