The Five Cs: Strategic Factors for Building Community and Sustaining the Initiative

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Community

The key elements needed to create a sense of Community include meeting needs of members; having shared values, history, and priorities; belonging, membership and bonding; two-way influence; achieving small wins resulting in success; securing shared emotional ties.

The Keys to Success: Everything Events
Building Trust & Consensus (PDF)
How to Write a Mission Statement (PDF)
Responding to Resistance & Solving Problems (PDF)
Stages of Group Membership (PDF)
Stakeholders (PDF)
Tips for Running an Effective Meeting (PDF)
Vibeswatcher (PDF)

 

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Connections

Connections and relationships within a community, and networks that extend beyond one’s community, greatly influence the well-being of a community.

Business World Travel Kit (Flash)
The Power of Direct Mail (Flash)
Approaching Unfamiliar Communities (PDF)
Communicating with the News Media (PDF)
Differences in Communication Styles (PDF)
Interview Tips (PDF)
Marketing Your Program Online (PDF)
Principles of Powerful Presentations (PDF)
Telling Your Story (PDF)
Tips for News Releases (PDF)
Tools for True Collaboration and Partnership Success (PDF)

 

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Control

Different than mere influence or input, control is when individuals and groups can shape their own destiny. As such, initiatives must be citizen-led, decision making must be inclusive, and the visions must be shared by all stakeholders.

Briefcase for Success (Flash)

This collection of electronic tools and links to relevant websites is designed to help you make sense of financial development topics including: financial literacy, individual development accounts, home ownership, microfinance, small business development and entrepreneurship.

12 Steps to Time Management (PDF)
Decision-making Models (PDF)
Effective Feedback (PDF)
Leadership for Communities (PDF)
Strategies for Impacting Wealth and Poverty in America (PDF)
Use of Self as a Change Agent (PDF)

 

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Cash (and other resources)

Individuals, families, and communities need access to financial and other assets in order to achieve their visions and missions.

Briefcase for Success (Flash)

 

This collection of electronic tools and links to relevant websites is designed to help you make sense of financial development topics including: financial literacy, individual development accounts, home ownership, microfinance, small business development and entrepreneurship.

Building Your Case for Support (Flash)
Producing Proposals That Work (Flash)
Sources of Giving (HTML)
The Power of Individual Giving (HTML)

 

 

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Collective Action

Through collective action, groups of people can come together to bring about the social change they desire.

eOrganizer (Flash)
Successful Volunteer-led Phonathons (HTML)
Canvassing the Community (PDF)
Developing Volunteer Champions (PDF)
Evaluating Programs and Measuring Outcomes (PDF)
What is Strategic Planning? (PDF)

 

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