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If there is a key to effective comprehensive community development, it may be a community’s ability to nurture, cultivate and reward local leaders.

This section includes tools and strategies for LISC and other organizations to support local initiatives and develop and partner with resident leaders.

Institute Articles

Read our coverage of Leading issues and ideas in the In The News section of this website.

Practitioner Resources

Creating High-Functioning Nonprofits: Who Should Have What Financial Information? (Archived Webinar)
Webinar shows how nonprofits can benefit from financial literacy at all levels
Access Professional Development Without Leaving Your Desk
Online capacity building options that won't drain your bank account
Building Your Risk Management Toolkit - Recorded Webinar
Recorded webinar helps viewers engage in strategic risk management practices
Nonprofit Capacity Building on a Shoestring
How a cup of coffee can build your capacity
Living Cities Introduces New Urban Practice Toolbox
Innovative tools and resources help leaders and practitioners work together to improve the lives of low-income people
Succession Planning for CDCs - Archived webinar
See what webinar participants learned about smart succession planning for CDCs in both rural and urban contexts.
"Heroes, Heroines, and Others in Nonprofit Community Development"
An article on how community development corporations can create a different dynamic to involve and empower residents in the improvement of their communities.
"GO Neighborhoods' Tools and Publications"
A collection of tools and program management materials from GO Neighborhoods' "Tools and Publications" page.
"Strategic Planning Tip Sheet"
This short outline goes through the various steps that go into strategic planning with the community: engagement, planning and documentation/communication.
Sample NCP Board Resolution - Lead Agency Participation
A sample board resolution from LISC Chicago.
"Creating Equitable, Healthy and Sustainable Communities"
This publication highlights how to integrate environmental justice, smart growth and equitable development approaches to create more inclusive and sustainable communities.
"Harnessing the Power of Community Collaborations"
This toolkit identifies ways to increase collaboration among residents and organizations to solve complex community challenges.
"Lead Agency Responsibilities"
An outline of the responsibilities of the lead agency/convening agency in a typical Building Sustainable Communities program.
"Defining Community Capacity: A Framework and Implications from a Comprehensive Community Initiative"
This research paper analyzes the practice of building community capacity, and how to use this concept as a way to measure progress.
The Paths to Leadership in Community Change
Lessons on situational leadership from the Rebuilding Communities Initiative gives insights into how to select the appropriate response and keep moving forward on a project.
"The Paths to Leadership in Community Change"
A review of Leadership Development Models in the Rebuilding Communities Initiative.
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