Collaborative Problem-Solving

ZSR believes that ideas and projects at the local level are more effective and long-lasting when those affected by a problem have a voice in the solution. The more a project or process engages many different views, voices and experiences in tackling a community challenge, the more innovative and resonant the solution. Therefore, we support community projects that use inclusive, collaborative and resourceful processes to authentically engage the full community to tackle challenges and create solutions. In particular, we seek to fund projects that work across sectors and/or jurisdictions, are built on existing community assets, use a racial equity lens, and/or bring people together across lines of identity or ideology. We intend to dedicate a significant portion of our grant support, in this approach, to efforts that actively enhance racial and/or economic equity.