Building vibrant communities often means dealing with broken, disjointed
or inefficient systems that misallocate resources and fail to coordinate efforts around common goals. Much of our work, both as grantmakers and as engaged participants, seeks to improve systems
—by supporting place-based initiatives, overcoming fragmentation, and investing to produce results
at scale.

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Chalk-drawn games on sidewalk with toddler working with puzzle How does investing in place-based efforts help us address statewide problems?
Aerial photo of city neighborhood with detail of map of Illinois What strategies lead to results at scale?
Prairie with Blazingstar wildflowers with Gray Hairstreak butterfly on leaf How can we overcome fragmentation and unite behind a big picture vision?