Organizational Background & Mission:
Incourage Community Foundation is a non-traditional rural community foundation. “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile!” The Foundation is focused on facilitating community change in the aftermath of a seismic shift in area employment and culture resulting from the sale of the hometown paper mill with subsequent plant closures, layoffs, and loss of company headquarters. With the help of adaptive leadership the community is reinventing itself. A part of that transformation has been the Workforce Central project, a National Fund for Workforce Solutions site as well as a Social Innovation Fund sub-grantee. Workforce Central consists of three leadership groups; the Funders Collaborative, the Service Providers Network, and the Manufacturing Partnership.