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Our mission is to eliminate persistent poverty by working with partners to transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities

Community Benefits in Action


The Council works with community-based organizations (CBOs), residents, public agencies, elected officials, foundations and other stakeholders to build community capacities, to create and sustain change that improves outcomes for children, families and residents of low-income neighborhoods.  As a community building intermediary, the Council serves as a facilitator of comprehensive initiatives, convening residents, stakeholders, policy makers, public agency managers, and service providers to devise and implement comprehensive solutions to a wide range of problems facing low-income children and families.

The Council provides technical assistance, research support, training, and networking for community building initiatives. These services have increased community capacities to conduct outreach and organizing; improve and expand programs and services through the use of data and advocacy; and engage in planning and implementing community improvement. Our methods of support are grounded in a commitment to intensive, responsive, peer-based technical assistance, respectful of the local variation that uniquely defines each neighborhood and situation. We build relationships of trust which can sustain a focus on community building over the long-term.

The Council works with partner organizations across the country in building organizational and collective capacities within the community building field to support community building practitioners. The Council engages in a variety of activities -- from research and publication, to fiscal sponsorship and organizational development, to participation in national organizations -- that are aimed at developing the field of community building.


Alison Feldman
Program Coordinator
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Program Goals

Neighborhood and Community Building

  • Increase capacity of residents & CBOs in low-income neighborhoods to plan and problems-solve issues in their neighborhood
  • Reduce the number of families in poverty

Field Building

  • Increase the number of residents, CBOs, public agencies & philanthropists practicing and supporting community building
  • Build capacity of local and national organizations supporting community building
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge, practice and policy for community building

Program Strategies

Neighborhood and Community Building

  • Use Community Building Initiatives as vehicles for reducing poverty by building vibrant, healthy communities
  • Build local and national capacity and tools for community builders

Field Building

  • Build the field of community building by developing community building support organizations
  • Participate to the development of knowledge, practice and policy for community building
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