is an ideal metaphor for what we are trying to build – a public resource. Different people may use park for different things – one to play in the fountain, another to use the soccer field... But the key to a vibrant park is to build a community of users, even if each person is using it for different purposes. The result will be a valuable public resource that meets many needs and provides a shared resource for all.
hospitals, community action agencies Community Members A “Whole Community” Approach Success of community as a whole Organizational success Self & family & maybe neighborhood Focus… “Civic Infrastructure” Major foundations & corporations, United Way, state & local gov’t, nonprofit umbrella ass’ns & coalitions
nonprofit associations United Ways, community action agencies Community groups, PTAs, neighborhood associations Universities and researchers Nonprofit program staff Nonprofit financial managers Individuals who need services NCCS Community Platform Users
IRS data Census data Program descriptions Specific activity categories for arts, education, health, human services, & more Tools Maps & lists of “resources” Financial analyzer Detailed info on programs, outcomes & service locations Shared goods, services, vol. Program delivery area maps Basic community demographic profile Import indicators & points Neighborhood assets, stories, events & needs
individual Org., Program Profiles, Library Items & Shared Resources • Convert, upload and de-dup bulk “resource” data • Upload indicator data • Create “Community Administrators” • Create new Issue, County or Neighborhood “landing pages” • Widget-based customization of “landing pages” with map, text, quick links & more • Build and manage custom email/subscriber lists
needs. Maps can be filtered by activities (arts, education, etc.), zip code, county, custom regions, or legislative districts; organization type & more. New resources (gov’t & nonprofit service locations, police stations, informal organizations, etc.) & needs can be added one at a time, in batches, or through real-time linkages to 2-1-1 or other local sources.
arts & environmental orgs. The map can be filtered to show particular types of organizations using the general categories on the left. Advanced users can choose from more the detailed 600- category NTEE system.
and by the organization itself. This screen lets a user identify herself as connected to the organization. The Community Administrator is alerted to the request and must approve it before changes are finalized.
a neighborhood association, nonprofit coalition, university community research or outreach project, or just a group of citizens to create a comprehensive map of community needs ranging from public spaces to individual needs for transportation, companionship, babysitting & more. Individual needs & addresses may be kept confidential so only authorized users, such as someone who volunteers to meet a need, has access. To get there from the Home page, click on “Community Needs” in the Quick Links from the Home Page.
statistics on nonprofit resources (expenses, assets & more) and charitable giving in the community by households that itemize on their tax returns. Users can drill down to a zipcode or census tract level.
quarterly or annual basis. Analyze trends & performance for individual orgs, communities, fields/industries, peer groups, or your member organizations. Indicators can be marked as private, public or for sharing among a group of organizations. Track Program Outcomes
or share resources with other nonprofits, find consultants, and more: – Share HR, accounting, tech. or other “back office” staff or consultants. Share development/fundraising help. (Create a full-time job out of multiple part-time jobs) – Share facilities or equipment – Find lower cost options for insurance or supplies through bulk purchases (state nonprofit association) • Possible partners: State CPA Society, VolunteerMatch, BoardNet, Craigslist, idealist.org
model community projects – Create your checklist of best practices that are viable in your community, then check off those that are in place, those in progress, and those worth exploring for the future • “How to” section linking to resources on community-building • Regular webinars: new models, peer learning
built around shared vision – Major “civic infrastructure”: nonprofits, gov’t – Grassroots • Initial publicity • Launching pad for: – Data & information projects – Hands-on projects • Helping to build sense of regional identity & empowerment