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.
Of interest to 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.
Of interest to 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.
Of interest to 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.
Of interest to Evaluators: Each of the themes presented in this Discussion Paper is deconstructed enough that evaluators could create a checklist of “signs of progress.”
Produced for the [Twin Cities] Center for Neighborhoods / October 2002 / Steven E. Mayer, Ph.D. / Effective Communities Project / Minneapolis, MN 55414
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