Social Capital: Cultivating Community Connections

Social Capital: Cultivating Community Connections

The Maine Community Foundation's social capital initiative is a collaborative effort with Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government to assess relationships, trust, and civic engagement in the twin cities of Lewiston-Auburn. The first survey of area residents was completed in 2000, and the foundation will use the results of the latest survey to inform its grantmaking in Androscoggin County. The survey, Social Capital: Cultivating Community Connections (34 pages, PDF), provides a summary of the foundation's work with social capital and identifies questions to consider when assessing the potential of a particular project to build social capital in a community.