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“The Spiral of Sustainable Excellence”
The ups and downs of nonprofit organizational growth
Reflections on the #LISCLeads Conference
LISC conference sparks thoughts on the past, present and future of our industry
New Study: Nonprofits Must Plan for Sustainability
A study of New England nonprofits points to the need for fundamental shifts to make nonprofits sustainable for the future.
Community-led art: What it takes
To get the best from creative placemaking, we need to build community-level knowledge, leadership and support.
The people in the place
Creative placemaking works best when the community is at the heart of both the process and the product.
Community Safety: Leading
A Los Angeles CDC has increased the power of its public safety work by creating partnerships with police and like-minded agencies.
Southwest Side Stories
Ghian Foreman talks about purchasing pools, fighting despair, taking over a block and more at his CDC on the Southwest Side of Chicago.
Data Driven
A community report card full of detailed statistics gives the Eastern North community in Philadelphia a clear-eyed idea of what needs to change.
Lessons on how to scale
A Q&A with Kevin Jordan about how LISC expanded its Financial Opportunity Center model across the country.
Holding partners accountable
How do you keep a loose local coalition marching forward on a wide array of projects? Try these seven tips from a veteran at a community lead agency.
Making new friends
To be successful in being comprehensive, you need some good partners. In the latest issue of the Institute Journal , Xavier de Souza Briggs notes that trying to do it all by yourself is just too hard.
Research Round Up: Community Leadership as a Complex Job
Two Australian researchers attempt to bridge the divide between complexity theory and practice for community development in a paper on social capital and how it is mobilized.
Six LISC and Institute leaders reflect on Living Cities
Six leaders of LISC and its affiliate, the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, contributed essays for the new report Dynamic Collaboration: Reflections on Living Cities at 20 .
"To what end?"
On Oct. 18, the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development gatherered experts from around the nation to grapple with key issues facing the field of neighborhood revitalization.
Working 'against all odds' now and in the future
Community development groups traditionally work with razor-thin margins and are highly dependent on government subsidies and developer fees. But the old rules no longer apply.
Institute launches an on-line resource center — HOW TO DO IT
Documents, templates, reports and other tools to help anyone doing community development in the U.S. today are now available in the HOW TO DO IT section of the Institute’s website.
Andy Mooney to join administration of new Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel
Andy Mooney, the managing director of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, has been named by new Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to head the city's Department of Housing and Economic…
Getting inside 'the black box'
A year after its founding, the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development brought together more than 30 experts from around the nation on April 26 to look to the future.
LikeMinded and the power of knowledge, a new website which is being launched April 12 by the Craigslist Foundation, aims to add to the arsenal of communities across the nation with the power of knowledge.
Community activists -- caring and daring people
Community developers are some of the most caring and daring people I have met. I am continually impressed by their personal stories and community accomplishments.
The work of community developers -- daring greatly
Community developers don’t sit back and complain about what’s broken. They put themselves ”in the arena,” projecting a positive vision for our communities.
Barbara Fields looks back on 20 years at LISC
"Breaking down silos and strategically linking all the elements that communities need to be strong, including health care and child care with jobs, and housing, and schools — that's the key."
Barbara Fields named HUD’s New England regional administrator
Barbara Fields, a member of the board of the Institute for Comprehensive Community Development, has been named regional administrator for the six New England states for HUD.
Bishop Arthur M. Brazier (1921-2010)
For a half century, Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, who died Oct. 22, was an inspiration to, and force behind, grassroots community development.
In a March 2009 speech in Kansas City, the late Bishop Brazier urged community developers "to meet fear with courage and implement the dreams that you have in your hearts."

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