Orton Family Foundation

PrintThe Orton Family Foundation’s mission is to empower people to shape the future of their communities by improving local decision-making, creating a shared sense of belonging, and ultimately strengthening the social, cultural, and economic vibrancy of each place.

On the Web at: http://www.Orton.org

What We Do

We achieve our mission by assisting the residents of small cities and towns in the use of the Community Heart & Soul™ method, a barn-raising approach to community planning and development designed to increase participation in local decision-making and empower residents to shape the future of their communities in a way that upholds the unique character of each place.

Why We Do This

We do this because we firmly believe that communities are at their best when all citizens have a say in their future, and when they experience the benefits of working together toward common goals grounded in their emotional attachment to a place. This approach touches real people, solves real problems, improves quality of life, and results in stronger communities with more vibrant economies.