For over 10 years, Casey has invested in a group of Atlanta neighborhoods rife with poverty. This brief shows how community building — the practice of working with residents and community-based organizations to strengthen civic life and develop community-driven action to address challenges — has transformed the work. The paper shares key principles, strategies and tactics that the Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site team used for its community-building framework.

April 15, 2014

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Casey’s comprehensive, integrated strategies for improving communities.

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    What Casey provided to improve family life in the NPU-V district over the past 10 years.

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    The definition and integration of community building.

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    The definition and power of place-based funders.

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    The 4 strategies for the Atlanta community-building framework.

Key Takeaway

Community building must include a framework for managing expectations, results and change

Although any number of activities can improve a place or impact the people living there, having a clear framework for community building means supporting people’s collective and individual capacity to manage change in their neighborhoods. Ultimately, Casey must measure its impact by proxy: Its contribution is only as relevant, effective and powerful as the people themselves because they instigate, sustain and manage community change.

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