Community Voice Initiative

Community Voice Initiative

Community Voice Initiative

Community Voice Initiative

Leading Positive Community-Driven Change

We believe if we empower people in the places where they live, lifting their voices and building their power to shape the services and programs that affect them, lead to community-driven solutions. By amplifying community voices to drive locally determined solutions, this strategy aims to influence systemic racism and discriminatory practices by influencing inequitable policies, systems, and structures that improve health and well-being for all.

Goal One

Build on community capacity and leadership to increase personal responsibility, voice, and skills that influence systems, policies, and distribution of community resources.

Goal Two

Stimulate philanthropic, government, and individuals to co-invest in public-private partnerships to advance community health.

 In November – December 2022, over 100 members of the Greater Coatesville community convened and developed seven challenge questions for the Let’s Talk: Community-Designed Challenge relating to economic development, behavioral health, health recovery, education, workforce, and housing. The challenge questions were informed by publicly available data and a content area expert.

The Alliance encourages the Greater Coatesville community to submit ideas and solutions to the challenge questions for financial awards. We will select ten (10) ideas and solutions for each event date in the Let’s Talk Allyship series in February, March, April, May, and June. Each idea selected will be provided with a free consultation to explore, test, adapt, and fine-tune their respective community-created solution.

Each person will have a maximum of 5 minutes to present their idea which will include a Gap Analysis, financials, team profiles,  and timeline. The best ideas determined by 1. the public in attendance and 2. a cross-section of government, nonprofit, business, and community sectors will result in various financial awards.

Prizes for each Let’s Talk: Community-Designed Solutions are:

  • 1st Place: $2,500
  • 2nd Place: $1,000
  • 3rd Place (3): $500

Challenge Questions by Category:

1. Health: What is your idea(s) on giving Greater Coatesville families and residents what’s necessary to live a healthy life?

2. Well-Being: What is your idea(s) on giving Greater Coatesville families and residents what’s necessary for the emotional well-being and care they need?

3. Education: What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville students the support they need to graduate?

4. Employment: What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville workers the support they need to earn higher wages and remain living in Greater Coatesville?

5. Housing: What is your idea(s) to give Greater Coatesville families and residents the support they need to become a homeowner in Greater Coatesville?

6. Economic Revitalization: What is your idea(s) on how we can prevent the displacement of current Greater Coatesville residents? How do we increase the number of new local businesses in downtown Coatesville?

Community Report by Category (pdf attachment)

  1. Health
  2. Well-Being
  3. Education
  4. Employment
  5. Housing
  6. Economic Revitalization


» Click here to submit your idea today! 


Submission Deadlines: Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17, April 21, and May 19

Events Dates (from 4:30 – 6:30 PM):  Feb 16, March 23, April 20, May 18, and June 15

Location: The Brandywine Center (744 East Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320)

Let’s Talk

Unified Giving Session on Allyship

Learn how effective allies amplify the voices of oppressed communities before their own and use privilege to influence inequities and marginalization. Foundation leaders will share their perspective on what it means to be a passive versus active ally, understand the barriers that interfere with their ability to change their personal behavior and organizational culture in order to make intentional change, and discuss what the philanthropic sector can do to be an authentic ally.

Lets Talk Unified Giving

LET’S TALK Unified Giving is part two of our Black Philanthropy series of virtual events focused on encouraging the unification of diverse benefactors for a greater philanthropic impact on the community. Watch the video below for a stimulating conversation about how COVID-19, racial equity and the increased awareness of corporate social responsibility are impacting corporate giving strategies.