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Humboldt Area Foundation is the community foundation of and for the citizens of the Redwood, Trinity and Wild Rivers Region.

Humboldt Area Foundation was founded on
May 3, 1972 by Vera Perrott Vietor. Since 1972,
Vera's vision has been echoed by literally thousands of neighbors committed to building a better community.

Through the generosity of the community, Vera's original $2.4 million has grown to more than $78 million and has resulted in nearly $60 million in grants and scholarships to local charitable organizations and students throughout our community.
 - Lynn & Vera P. Vietor, Founders    

 

 
Recent Publication

Stairway to Our Ancestors-By Karuk artists Alme Allen and Brian Tripp Kettering Foundation Publishes Paper Based on Humboldt Area Experience

The paper, Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy, examines what it takes to make community democracy successful and ways in which philanthropy can support that effort. It is based on Humboldt Area Foundation experience and on observations of local problem solving and democracy at work at the local level. It describes and celebrates the central role of the enormously engaged people who live in this part of the world, California's Pacific Northwest.

The paper was written by our executive director emeritus, Peter Pennekamp with editorial guidance from Anne Focke and in collaboration with many others. It was commissioned by the Kettering Foundation, whose concentration is on democratic politics, particularly the role and participation of residents. Kettering’s primary research question is, "what does it take to make democracy work as it should?" Established in 1927 by inventor Charles F. Kettering, the foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that does not make grants but engages in joint research with others.

"Stairway to Our Ancestors" by Alme Allen & Brian Tripp can be viewed in the entryway to the Morris Graves Museum of Art's Sculpture Garden at 636 F Street, Eureka California.

Download pdf Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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