Community wellness, or a healthy community, is one where people have the opportunity to make healthy choices in environments that are safe, free from violence, and designed to promote health.
The Legacy Foundation promotes community wellness by being an active partner in the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Cochise County. Strategic grant funds designated to the CHIP goal of Healthy Eating, Obesity, and Diabetes will improve community wellness. Other examples of projects funded by the Legacy Foundation that improve community wellness include installing a new handicap accessible playground, adding community health workers, providing eye exams in elementary schools, and funding a mobile health clinic.
Community Capacity Building
Community capacity building is defined as the "process of developing and strengthening the skills, instincts, abilities, processes and resources that organizations and communities need to survive, adapt, and thrive in the fast-changing world."
The Legacy Foundation promotes capacity building by offering funds in the form of a Fast Pitch grant designated to build organizational capacity through education. Additionally, the Legacy Foundation promotes capacity building by offering monthly nonprofit workshops for free to area nonprofit organizations. Topics such as fundraising, Board development, strategic planning, and media and marketing are examples of classes offered.
Community Collaboration and Innovation
Community collaboration and innovation occur when shared passions are convened,synergy takes place and new ideas are fostered. The Legacy Foundation promotes community collaboration and innovation by partnering in programs such as the Community Coalition for End of Life Care. The Coalition’s goal is to provide countywide education on end of life documentation and care. In addition to the Legacy Foundation, Coalition partners include Canyon Vista Medical Center, Valor Hospice, Fry Fire District, SEAGO Area Agency on Aging, Cochise College Nursing and Allied Health, Veteran's Administration, medical professionals, faith-based organizations, and community members.
The Legacy Foundation also strongly encourages collaboration between organizations applying for grants or assistance with capacity building.