Congratulations to Danbury for being one of the final winners in the Working Cities Challenge! As a result, they have won a grant of $450,000 to launch this collective impact initiative addressing the root causes of poverty in the Danbury area.
Danosky & Associates was proud to be part of this initiative.
As the facilitators for this initiative we watched the growth of both the working team and the initiative objectives over a period of six months. We admired the courage it took to address the difficult issues surrounding racial inequity, acknowledging the lack of trust among diverse cultures and adapting the objectives of this initiative as more data and insight brought everyone to a clearer understanding of what must be done to address the barriers to economic success.
The strengths of Danbury’s proposal were:
- Bring diverse partners around the table
- Growing, evolving, and revising their assumptions as more partners and data were added to the process
- Including people with lived experiences in the working group
- Identifying and prioritizing the issue of Trust in the forefront of working with the diverse cultures
It has been a privilege to work with this team and we wish them great success as they begin the hard work of addressing these complex issues.