Programs for CDCs

BLDG Memphis began as Community Development Council of Greater Memphis, incorporated in 2000 as a peer organization for community development corporations (CDCs) in Memphis, and today our work to support those organizations remains one of our core program areas.

In this area, we work to build the capacity of CDCs through a variety of formal and informal programs, including

  • Organizational capacity assessment in five areas – organizational development, business and financial structure, community outreach, housing development and management, and economic development, conducted by independent evaluators and using our proprietary Capacity Assessment Tool (CAT) for Memphis CDCs;

  • Customized capacity building plans, based on the results of the CAT;

  • One-on-one technical assistance (see below for additional details);

  • Peer networking and information sharing;

  • Occasional training programs based on need and demand;

  • Focused peer groups for CDCs engaged in rental housing development/management, and housing counselors, which meet two to four times per year; and

  • Scholarships to attend training workshops and conferences.

Individualized technical assistance is available to both member and nonmember CDCs and covers a broad spectrum of services, such as grant research, introductions to funders and community partners, board education on governance issues, organizational policy review and assistance (e.g. bylaws, conflict of interest, etc.) and much more.

For more information about our capacity building programs for CDCs, please email our Capacity Building Program Manager, Donna Olds White at become a CDC member of BLDG Memphis, please visit our membership page.

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