First National Census of Community-Based Development Organizations since 2005

NACEDA commissioned the Urban Institute to conduct this survey, which includes questions about community-based development organizations' production, programs, leadership, needs, and services. 

Read the full report for an in-depth understanding of the findings.

Check out the fact sheet for a quick overview of key highlights and essential takeaways.

 The survey results provide the data that the community development sector needs to:

  • Increase awareness of the vital role that community-based development organizations play in implementing projects in underserved communities and communities of color.

  • Highlight their critical role in the community economic development system.

  • Inform federal policymakers about how they can support community-based development organizations.

  • Spotlight the ways they advance racial equity locally and within the broader community development system.

  • Sustain ongoing, actionable research in the community development field.

  • Create strategies for resource holders to develop better investment strategies.

  • Gain the support and trust of community-based development organizations and the communities they serve.


Key findings from the survey will be presented at the 2023 NACEDA Summit on October 23, 2024

Community-Based Development Organizations are private, nonprofit, community-based organizations that 1) develop housing, commercial, industrial or community facilities, or 2) support business development. Their work generally involves projects and programs aimed at improving the lives of lower-income people or the communities they live in. Organizations that provide social services and also do development are included in this survey.

Learn more about the Grounding Values in Research program.

A big thank you to our Grounding Values Advisory Committee, whose time, support, and expertise have made this project possible.

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