Community Building Initiative: Values and Goals

CBI is a non-traditional community building initiative. It is firmly committed to ensuring that community-level work is guided by residents rather than a “top down” approach where a funder makes decisions for a community. Our vision is that residents will be empowered to change upstream issues and improve the quality of their lives.

Our Values

All of our work depends on an understanding and commitment to our underlying values.

Our Goals

How We Achieve Our Goals​

CBI funds organizations embedded in neighborhoods within their service areas that SJCPF is committed to, and supports, resident policy change efforts. These organizations must have the organizational latitude to advance policy change efforts; an organizational commitment without the ability to act is not consistent with CBI’s change agenda.

CBI coaches guide these organizational leads in partnership with residents through an iterative and intentional transfer of knowledge in three phases:

Phase 1: CBI Integration

The CBI Integration Phase is designed to first explore the management systems of potential grantees to determine the extent to which they are structured to support the integration of CBI values and approach into their organizational mission and practice. The three-month period also enables a shared dialogue regarding the extent to which SJCPF’s community organizing and resident capacity building model is a fit for a potential future grantee.

Phase 2: CBI Project Planning

The CBI Integration Phase is designed to first explore the management systems of potential grantees to determine the extent to which they are structured to support the integration of CBI values and approach into their organizational mission and practice. The three-month period also enables a shared dialogue regarding the extent to which SJCPF’s community organizing and resident capacity building model is a fit for a potential future grantee.

Phase 3: CBI Implementation

When CBI communities are successful in meeting integration, resident engagement, and planning goals, they may be eligible to receive support for up to three years to build community cohesion and resident capacity to implement policy and systems level strategies to address their priority issues. National evidence and learning from CBI projects indicate that there are FOUR key pillars to achieving our goals, and we integrate these pillars into each phase of our community building. They are:

  1. Engagement of community residents
  2. Development of resident leaders
  3. Collaboration among organizational partners
  4. Bridge building with external decision makers​

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