Building communities
one relationship at a time.

The IFC is committed to building communities, one relationship at a time. We work to solve problems of social isolation starting on a personal level, improving the quality of life for individual residents to encourage community engagement that benefits local businesses and larger municipalities. The IFC partners with organizations that share our mission of restoring relationships and fostering fulfillment in towns across America. By applying principles of asset-based community development, the IFC spearheads programs that connect residents to each other and their neighborhoods, creating lasting change in individuals, relationships and entire communities.

The Institute For Community is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building quality relationships where people live and work, through the power of genuine community. All programs are available to participants regardless of where they live, or their ability to pay. Scholarships are available for families in need.

Over the last two decades, the ease of technology and the appeal of a global community have made isolation increasing easy in our everyday lives. We often live in one location and work in another, spending free time across town from our immediate communities. Technology has afforded us diverse opportunities for long-distance connection, widening our networks without deepening our bonds and allowing us to cycle through interactions without actually looking people in the eye, feeling human touch, or hearing a voice in person. As human beings, we were created to be in relationship with each other. We all seek to belong, to find meaning in the context of our lives, to be understood in the presence of others. When we don’t consider the opportunity costs of our commuter mindset, we miss the opportunity to connect on a personal level, we aren’t able to invest in any one community,  and ultimately we don’t nurture a sense of place for ourselves or others.

Considering that we are a part of all we have met, our quality of life then is the sum of our relationships. If we encourage weak and distant connections, we undermine the very nature of our fulfillment.

The Institute for Community exists to remedy this imbalance.


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