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Strong & Safe Communities

Communities are springboards to success and safety nets for those who fall on hard times — because those who are closest to a problem are often best able to solve it. 

Every person empowered

Stand Together’s vision is for strong and safe communities of engaged citizens committed to breaking cycles of poverty, bridging divides, and empowering every person to realize their full potential. Our work focuses on shifting paradigms from one of deficiency, in which people are problems to be solved, to contribution, in which people are sources of solutions to be empowered to find new and better ways of doing things.

Unfortunately, millions of Americans face obstacles that keep them from flourishing. Poverty, social division, addiction, and family separation are just some of the factors holding society back. Worse, Americans no longer have faith in the social sector’s ability, much less their community’s ability, to solve these problems. Social trust is at an all-time low and our communities are overcome by toxic division.

Stand Together community partners are changing the way people think about, talk about, and tackle these challenges. That includes accelerating innovations that bring new, disruptive ideas to the social sector, initiatives around the principles of empowerment, collaborations that bring people together to catalyze solutions, and storytelling and thought leadership that connects the dots between those solutions and the principles that drive them.

A group of people posing for a photo in an auditorium FEATURED STORY Are social problems rooted in fixable childhood issues?
Real solutions, lasting change

The Stand Together community partners with nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, and thought leaders to change the way society thinks about, talks about, and tackles challenges in communities.


Community organizations can now measure results on customer satisfaction and transformation.


People annually are using a revolutionary peer-to-peer support method to overcome addiction. 


People are being empowered annually to break the cycle of poverty.

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Now in recovery, he’s teaching others how to deal with “life on life’s terms.”

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The film, executive produced by Letitia Wright and Joe Knittig, CarePortal CEO, shows how communities strengthen families.

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On the anniversary of America’s founding, there is uncertainty about the future. Here’s what we can learn from the past. 

A group of people posing for a photo in an auditorium Are social problems rooted in fixable childhood issues?

 A lack of stable childhood relationships can lead to poverty, homelessness, and other societal issues.

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