Co-Creating Community

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As a newcomer to Charm City, it’s managed to quickly capture my heart with its quirky neighborhoods and rich history. Being a transplant from the Midwest, Baltimore’s industrial past has easily made me feel at home. Like other metropolitan areas, Baltimore has been struggling during the economic crisis of the past few years and is turning to development to raise its profile. This neighborhood reinvestment is especially needed here as Baltimore City’s population has been declining since the 50’s. A loss of almost 35% of city residents has left Baltimore with numerous vacant homes and near-abandoned blocks.

Reinvestment to the …read more

Spring Fundraising Cleaning: Get the Dust Bunnies out of your Database

Spring has finally come and it’s time to throw open the windows, clean out the closet and sweep under the bed. If you haven’t cleaned up entries in your nonprofit database in a while, it’s probably a good time to do that now.

A robust database with correct names and addresses and accurate giving information is essential for effective fundraising.

Are your aware that approximately 15 percent of people move households every year and 70 percent of business contact data is out of date within one year? Ideally, your database should be thoroughly updated and scrubbed annually, but at minimum …read more

Questions to Ask for Evaluating and Reflecting on Community Work

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A few weeks ago we started using a new framework to categorize our posts on this blog: Strategic Factors for Building Community: The Five Cs (5Cs).

Here at Campaign Consultation, Inc. we use the 5Cs model as a foundation for much of our community development work world-wide. The 5Cs (Community, Cash, Control, Connections, and Collective Action) are based on a body of work by Dr. David Chavis (formerly of Rutgers University) and Dr. Paul Florin (Brown University) examining over 150 years of research on what makes communities healthy and whole.

We have used the 5Cs to help villages …read more