Community-based organizations interact with members of the community on a daily basis and are often located in neighborhoods. They have unique and important insight into the challenges and opportunities facing residents in their area. Staff at these organizations are often from the ethnic and cultural populations of the residents and understand the language, cultural and ethnic approaches that work best in building trust and engaging the residents in any endeavor.
Why work with community-based organizations? As resources for local agencies dwindle and the demand for services grows, public entities will out of necessity turn to other sources in the community to fill in gaps or provide for unique needs.
Guidestar reports that nonprofit organizations “continued to take a beating during the first five months of 2010.” For example, eight percent of respondents indicated that their organizations were in imminent danger of closing.
At its January 2010 meeting, the Institute board was privileged to hear from Colin Lacon, President, Northern California Grantmakers. Colin thoughtfully described a variety of opportunities for collaboration between local agencies and the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
The development of this online resource center followed. The center collects: