This Declaration is put forward as a discussion paper to distill the core values that connect those within the neighborhood movement, and to clarify the importance of partnership with foundations and other grantmakers to help the work of neighborhood organizations survive.
For Grantmakers: The issues facing neighborhoods are also felt at larger geographic scales—at the municipal, regional, national, and even global levels. Solutions to neighborhood issues must be carried out on these levels, as well, to be sustainable. See how neighborhoods in the Twin Cities have prepared themselves to participate as partners in this work.
For Nonprofits: Neighborhood organizations provide us with the ability to help shape the places we live. This publication shows how they create a civic structure for people to engage with one another around concerns and opportunities that face them as a community—and instills an awareness of why place is important.
For Activists: This publication shows how activists in neighborhoods can support their organization to advance these five areas: Creating a sense of place and social fabric through relationship-building; Advancing the mechanisms of democracy through civic engagement; Promoting accountability, diversity, and organizational effectiveness; Advancing innovative problem solving in partnership; Genuine, long-lasting improvements to neighborhood livability.
For Evaluators: Each of the themes presented in this Discussion Paper is deconstructed enough that evaluators could create a checklist of “signs of progress.”
Originally appeared: Website of the Effective Communities Project, and of the Center for Neighborhoods.
Number of pages: 15 Original date: October 2002
Author: Steven E. Mayer, Ph.D.
Produced for the [Twin Cities] Center for Neighborhoods
Effective Communities Project