Community and Civic Engagement
Public knowledge. Very often that is all that separates a mediocre program from one which becomes a shining model which other communities adopt for their own.
True public knowledge comes from a deep understanding of the realities of people's lives. Too often charities and foundations make decisions based only upon their own perspective without first engaging those they serve during the formation of a program.
As a former community organizer in the downtown neighborhoods of Green Bay, Bret helped people come together to form associations and build community centers. Later in his career, he used that knowledge to develop innovative grant programs designed to create greater levels of community engagement. That experience can help you better communicate with the clients you serve, thereby making your programs more effective - either as a charitable service provider or a foundation who underwrites that important work.