On the Table

On the Table

On the Table

On the Table

On the table

Blue Grass Community Foundation is one of 10 community foundations across the U.S. replicating the On the Table initiative this year with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Support for On the Table is one part of Knight Foundation's efforts to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement. The Knight Foundation believes that successful communities are equitable, inclusive and participatory.

Wouldn't it be great to take the time to gather around a table with friends, neighbors, colleagues, and maybe even a few people we're meeting for the first time, to have a real conversation about what's important to us? Wouldn't it be even better if those conversation fueled real change? On the Table is a one-day opportunity to do just that--all across Lexington--and talk about the issues, big and small, that impact our quality of life and that of the city. How did you get to Lexington, why do you stay and what do you want for the future? How do we build and maintain the neighborhoods and city we desire? When we have a chance to talk about our experiences in this town and hear others, we connect and learn about what matters.

This is your opportunity

Join us at the table on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. We know that big ideas can spring from small conversations and that people invest in what they help create.  At Blue Grass Community Foundation, we are committed to bringing people together to create a more generous and vibrant community.  In 2017, the Community Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary. There is no better way to celebrate this milestone than by inviting the community to join us at the table to help inform our work and priorities as we look towards the future. Not only will this first-of-its-kind Bluegrass community engagement event further the Community Foundation's work, but it will also inform Imagine Lexington, the city's Comprehensive Plan. The organic conversations and genuine community engagement from diverse voices throughout the city will enhance Lexington's vision for the future.

We invite you to attend or host an On the Table conversation on March 15.

what you're signing up for

Participating in On the Table is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Join us as an individual host, organizational Super Host or participant.

1. Host

To host a conversation with fellow Lexingtonians over breakfast, lunch, dinner, a coffee break or any time in between. The invite list is up to you – friends, family, colleagues, neighbors – and can be hosted in homes, restaurants, places of worship, libraries, offices, the break room at work or other community locations. The conversations can be sit down, catered, picnic, brown bag or potluck – it is entirely up to the host. Before the conversation, you'll receive a Host Toolkit with everything you need, including a conversation guide and easy ideas for taking action after your event. Everyone is welcome to serve as a host.

Click here to complete this form, and we’ll get you signed up. Read more about On the Table below.

2. Guest

Many people will attend an On the Table conversation by receiving an invitation from an individual or organizational host. If this describes you,  click here to registerBut, what if you don't receive an invitation from a Host? Your voice matters and we want you to join the conversation, too! If you want to attend On the Table, but don't know where to start, click here and complete this form, and we'll get you signed up. You will need to select your preferred location and time in order for us to secure your reserved spot. From that point, all you have to do is show up on time to your assigned location on March 15, and join the conversation!

3. Super Host

Super Hosts are organizations — nonprofits, places of worship, businesses, schools, civic organizations and others — that commit to hosting at least 20 tables, 8 to 12 people per table. If this describes your organization, click here to complete this form and return it to onthetable@bgcf.org.


More about On The Table 

For more information about On the Table, click here. If you have additional questions, email us at onthetable@bgcf.org.


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