Issue Areas

Vital Signs issue areas are indicators that are significant to well-being and quality of life. The following issue areas are broad and represent the diverse needs of our community. Although our Vital Signs reports may focus on specific issues year to year, our granting is expansive and is not limited to one specific area. Vital Signs takes a 360 degree approach to examining our community and includes the following issue areas:

Arts & Culture: The fabric of our community is based on arts and culture. This may include performance, film, literature, visual art, or architecture. Our culture is the set of share beliefs and values within a particular group or community.

Belonging and Leadership: A sense that we “fit in” or that we are welcomed within a group. It is being part of a collective ‘we’, it is a two way street. It is about sending signals of acceptance and inclusion to individuals in our communities.

Economy: The economic drivers and resources in our community.

Environment: Our natural surroundings including the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land we walk on.

Food: Food security and agricultural sustainability.

Gap between Rich & Poor: Income inequality or the uneven distribution of wealth in our community.

Getting Started: Assisting newcomers or youth in our community by helping them find employment, learn new languages or gain skills or training that will allow them to thrive in our community.

Health & Wellness: Includes physical, mental, social, spiritual and intellectual health.

Housing: Access to safe and affordable housing.

Learning: Access and attainment of education.

Safety: Includes risk of crime, policing, and sense of security in a community.

Transportation/Getting Around: Access to public transportation and ease of getting around within a community.

Work: Access to stable and dependable work.

Youth: the social, cultural, and economic trajectories of young people in our community. How well are young people faring? What inequalities to they face?