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Mission, Vision, Values

The mission of LOCUS is simple:

LOCUS empowers place-focused foundations to invest their capital locally to build prosperous, vibrant communities.

Our vision is one where place-focused foundations:

  • Are valued partners in community economic development.
  • Have the financial expertise and support to move beyond traditional grantmaking to mission-aligned investing, effectively using more of their assets to build prosperous, vibrant communities.
  • Are responsive to donors across the generations who are seeking greater impact through their philanthropy, both giving and investing.

These values underlie our work:

  • We believe in the capacity of place-focused philanthropy to support community economic development.
  • We value collaboration and partnership as a way to learn and work together.
  • We are honest and transparent about the work that needs to be done and our ability to provide solutions.
  • We are entrepreneurial and look for opportunities to innovate and bring more value to our partners.
  • We hold ourselves and our partners to these shared values.