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

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

What motivates giving?

President Obama has proposed significantly limiting the charitable income tax deduction as part of the discussion to avoid the fiscal cliff. Non-profits, especially those that rely on gifts from wealthy donors, such as hospitals, universities and other large organizations fear this will impact their income in a major way.

The most recent research suggests that tax incentives do make a big difference in how much some individuals give. But Mr. Obama’s plan would affect a small percentage of taxpayers, so some studies have concluded that the impact on overall giving could be relatively modest. What does motivate donors to give? …read more