Capacity-Building Assistance & Neighborhood Change

Training & Assistance

CDP offers grassroots community groups training and assistance related to their formation and operation as not-for-profit organizations. These services are designed to build groups’ capacity for effective organizational management and to support their organizing and advocacy efforts in the communities they serve.

Technical Assistance Examples

  • Assisting new community organizations with incorporating and gaining 501(c)(3) status
  • Helping established organizations with legal issues such as lease negotiations, drafting employee manuals, and understanding city regulations that affect their operations
  • Helping organizations with operational issues such as fundraising, board development, and developing effective policies and procedures 
  • Negotiating Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) when the city proposes development projects, which are agreements that allow the community to obtain benefits from new development in exchange for their support of the project
  • Involving communities in providing input in rezoning plans for their neighborhoods
  • Forming cooperatives for groups of workers in which each worker has ownership and decision-making power in the company