TNC Community Development Renewal Initiative
CD-Renewal Initiative 2006-08: Final Report
this report reviews the activities of the 2-year TNC CD-Renewal initiative, highlights key impacts and suggests future directions and challenges for this work.
"2 Pagers" TNC CD-Renewal promising practices and approaches to supporting agency-based CD work
A) Building Agency Understanding of CD
The TNC's "working definition" of CD and examples of Agency-based CD activities
a shared understanding of CD
Various strategies for generating a shared understanding of community development within an organization.
Community Development in your Agency
How agency assessments can support organizational changes for community development.
Circles and Agency Change
How learning circles can be used to support agency staff to examine the context of their work in ways that promote positive organizational and community change.
B) Linking Program and Service Delivery to CD Action
Members as "Constituents"
How agencies can rethink the role of program participants as members and "constituents".
Agencies as Good CD Partners
Exploring diverse strategies for organizations to connect individualized services to group discussion, learning and action.
a Blended CD/Service-Delivery Model
Strategies used by Neighbourhood Centres and others agencies to promote models integrating service delivery and community development work.
of Directors and CD
Ways that the Board of Directors can actively encourage community development.
C) Identifying Community Assets and Challenges
Ways to mobilize staff, volunteers and placement students to connect with community members and identify community issues.
needs assessments to support community mobilization and action
How community research and assessment processes can engage community leaders and groups, and seed new collaborative forums to sustain community development work.
D) Building CD Capacity of Individuals
Leadership Training to CD
Ways that peer leadership training can contribute to community development.
Volunteer Coordination as CD process
Strategies to approach volunteer mobilization as a community development process.
E) CD Strategies in Action
with Community Organizers
How community agencies can work effectively with community organizing groups to advance social change.
Student Placements for CD
Strategies to connect student placements with local community groups to address systemic issues.
Building through Gardening
Using community gardens as a strategy for facilitating connections with residents who rarely interact.
Community Development Institute
A collaborative initiative of Toronto cd-practitioners aimed at expanding opportunities for connecting, learning together, and enhancing CD capacity in communities. The 2008 Spring Institute supported over 600 people to share their expertise and vision for moving forward. A 2009 event is currently being planned for April 23-25 at George Borwn College
Launched in the summer of 2000, the Building Movement Project was developed in response to the many factors that have constrained the growth and efficacy of nonprofit organizations engaged in social change. These include an increasingly anti-progressive shift in US politics and in the nonprofit sector, the growing public assault on low-income and marginalized populations in the US, the loss of movement building strategies in organizations that have professionalized and/or been forced to focus on their own survival, and the lack of analysis and frameworks that helps groups place their work within a movement building context.
of Change Tools
What is Theory of Change and why should I care? A Theory of Change is an innovative tool to design and evaluate social change initiatives. By creating a blueprint of the building blocks required to achieve a social change initiative’s long-term goal, such as improving a neighborhood’s literacy levels or academic achievement, a Theory of Change offers a clear roadmap to achieve your results identifying the preconditions, pathways and interventions necessary for an initiative’s success.
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Cedric Metcalf Foundation
Communities in Action Program
Community Arts grants and residencies
Way of Greater Toronto
- Action for Neighbourhood Change
- Community Development Planning Grants
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Resolution Service at St. Stephen's
For 20 years the Conflict Resolution Service at St. Stephen’s Community House has been contributing to community development by improving relationships between people and between and within organizations. We give people the capacity to work together more effectively, understand each other better, celebrate diversity and “walk the talk” of empowerment and inclusion. We do interpersonal and multi-party mediation, facilitation and team-building, and training in effective communication and conflict resolution. We run a regular schedule of affordable workshops, and offer custom services to meet specific needs. Our trainers and mediators among the best in the field, and are broadly representative of the many communities we serve. For more information contact us at www.ststephenshouse.com/crs.shtml or 416.925.2103 ext. 249
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