Orton Family Foundation
The Orton Family Foundation helps small cities and towns discover and describe their heart and soul—the collective attributes that make them unique—and build on those attributes in planning for a vibrant, enduring future. The Heart & Soul process is an innovative approach to community planning that unlocks potential by identifying local values, building a vision from them, and prioritizing actions. The Foundation provides match funding, tools, trainings, resources and other technical assistance to small cities and towns in the Rocky Mountain west and New England.
In addition to working with small towns across the US, the Foundation has also inspired CommunityMatters®, which equips cities and towns to strengthen their places and inspire change. As an alliance of leaders in the community building field, CommunityMatters champions the notion that people have the power to solve their community’s problems and shape its future. We facilitate connections, provide education and infuse inspiration at the local level.