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What is Grounding Values?

NACEDA and the Urban Institute have embarked on a 3-year research study (2021–2023) on the financial health, programs, production, and services of community-based development organizations (CBDOs) throughout the United States. CBDOs work in low-income communities and communities of color to implement development projects and provide programs and activities that meet community needs. A comprehensive national study of these nonprofit organizations has not been completed since 2005. 

Our goal is for the study’s findings to fundamentally change the systems in our field that decide where, how, and for whom resources are deployed. All data, findings, and methodology will be made public. A study of this breadth has never been undertaken.

How will this information be used?

  • Resources: This research will help the community development sector target resources, advocate for new funding structures, and reimagine relationships with investors and resources.
  • Capability: The results will be used to test key hypotheses about how community-based development organizations are meeting community needs and industry expectations.
  • Adaptability: The study will help our sector prepare for social and economic changes driven by climate change, calls for racial justice, and shifts in local market conditions
  • Leadership: We will use the results to support diverse leaders currently emerging in our sector as they meet this moment in history.

Become a Partner!

NACEDA has gathered national, state, and regional leaders to advance the research in order to build and improve the systems that advance community prosperity in the United States. We invite you to join us as we attempt to collect comprehensive data to inform answers to some of our field’s most fundamental questions. Learn more about the project and how the data will be used, then sign up to become a partner. We will email findings to you as they become available and keep you posted on opportunities to make this study more comprehensive and effective.

Help Spread the Word!

We need your assistance to encourage nonprofit community developers in your network to complete the Grounding Values Survey. We designed this toolkit to make it easy for you to get the word out. It contains a survey timeline, sample email alerts to your networks, draft newsletter articles, and a selection of social media posts and graphics. Please pay close attention to the survey timeline. The toolkit will be updated as we move through each phase of the survey in September and October. 

Who’s already involved?

Grounding Values Advisory Committee

  • Seema Agnani, Executive Director, National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development
  • Miriam Axel-Lute, CEO and Editor-In-Chief, Shelterforce 
  • Roberto Barragan, Executive Director, California Community Economic Development Association
  • Marla Bilonick, President & CEO, National Alliance of Latino Community Asset Builders
  • Paul Singh, Vice President of Community Initiatives, NeighborWorks America
  • Andrew Jakabovics, Vice President for Public Policy, Enterprise Community Partners
  • Bryan Kieler, Senior Vice President for Community Development, PNC Bank
  • Mark Kudlowitz, Senior Policy Director, LISC
  • David Lipsetz, President & CEO, Housing Assistance Council
  • Kathy Flanagan Payton, President & CEO, Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation Community
  • Andrea Ponsor, President & CEO, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future 
  • Racquel Reddie, Managing Director for Community Development, National Community Stabilization Trust
  • Lou Tisler, Executive Director, National NeighborWorks Association
  • Vince WangGrounded Solutions Network 

NACEDA Members

State and regional community development associations across the country are dedicated to making sure this study effectively represents the community development sector. These NACEDA members have each contributed lists of organizations to include in the survey process.

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