"Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality."

- Warren Bennis

Founders are people who gather their neighbors together to seek the common good of their neighborhood. If you want to make a positive difference in your neighborhood and can imagine standing up, taking the initiative, and calling some neighbors together … then consider what it would look like to be a founder within the Hopeful Neighborhood Network. 

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“Founders are like their neighbors in most ways: they live in the neighborhood; they have regular jobs; they don’t have formal training in community development or organizing. What makes a founder stand out is simply their willingness to take the initiative.”

The Hopeful Neighborhood Field Guide 

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Founders invite a small group of neighbors to work through a three-step process together.  Founders have access to a wide range of tools and resources including: 

  • A national network of other founders to exchange encouragement and ideas 

  • An online step-by-step guide for forming a team and pursuing the common good together  

  • Other online resources like the research-based EveryGift Inventory 

  • Printable handouts and worksheets 

  • Access to a library of helpful neighborhood stories that gets a new story every week


Become a Founder today.