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August 20, 2014.

FROM THE FIELD

Collaboration: Promises and Pitfalls

By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law


It is essential to recognize that collaboration is rarely cost-free. For example, logistical and relational issues in the collaboration can eat up significant time and other resources (including money and reputation). Or, the potential collaborative partner may be one who does not "play well" with others, frustrating the effort at every major step along the way. Additionally, the collaborating may turn out to have less expertise or fewer resources than originally perceived. Moreover, if the potential benefit of the collaboration is unclear - or if the collaboration is simply an an end it itself (and not a means to an end) - these downsides are likely to be magnified.

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is facilitating collaboration among CDCs in St. Louis. Among other activities, CBN provides logistical support for potential collaborations.


For the full article, click here.

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is facilitating collaboration among CDCs in St. Louis.  Among other activities, CBN provides logistical support for potential collaborations.  Such support includes arranging and facilitating meetings, generating problem-solving options when a collaborative group gets “stuck,” and compiling and distributing meeting minutes.  CBN also makes mini-grants available to help collaborative groups pay for professional assistance (e.g., technical support, funding identification support) related to the group’s common goals.

CBN has worked to facilitate relationships among three small nonprofits working in a particular disadvantaged neighborhood in St. Louis city.  All three organizations have very small staffs and find it difficult to devote any time to thinking about or otherwise exploring potential collaborative opportunities.  At the same time, the organizations’ missions have some degree of overlap, and they believe that they share similar desires and goals for the neighborhood.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is facilitating collaboration among CDCs in St. Louis.  Among other activities, CBN provides logistical support for potential collaborations.  Such support includes arranging and facilitating meetings, generating problem-solving options when a collaborative group gets “stuck,” and compiling and distributing meeting minutes.  CBN also makes mini-grants available to help collaborative groups pay for professional assistance (e.g., technical support, funding identification support) related to the group’s common goals.

CBN has worked to facilitate relationships among three small nonprofits working in a particular disadvantaged neighborhood in St. Louis city.  All three organizations have very small staffs and find it difficult to devote any time to thinking about or otherwise exploring potential collaborative opportunities.  At the same time, the organizations’ missions have some degree of overlap, and they believe that they share similar desires and goals for the neighborhood.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf

The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) is facilitating collaboration among CDCs in St. Louis.  Among other activities, CBN provides logistical support for potential collaborations.  Such support includes arranging and facilitating meetings, generating problem-solving options when a collaborative group gets “stuck,” and compiling and distributing meeting minutes.  CBN also makes mini-grants available to help collaborative groups pay for professional assistance (e.g., technical support, funding identification support) related to the group’s common goals.

CBN has worked to facilitate relationships among three small nonprofits working in a particular disadvantaged neighborhood in St. Louis city.  All three organizations have very small staffs and find it difficult to devote any time to thinking about or otherwise exploring potential collaborative opportunities.  At the same time, the organizations’ missions have some degree of overlap, and they believe that they share similar desires and goals for the neighborhood.

- See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
By Dana M. Malkus, Attorney and Assistant Clinical Professor at the St. Louis University School of Law - See more at: http://www.communitybuildersstl.org/index.php/collaboration-promises-and-pitfalls/#sthash.NSZNSxdk.dpuf
Groups seek a response to Ferguson that lasts
Antonio French helped create #HealSTL, a new organization devoted to promoting community and civic engagement in Ferguson. For more on #HealSTL and other groups working to promote positive change in North St. Louis County, click here
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Centene to Build New Claims Center in Ferguson
Following the unrest taking place in Ferguson over the past three weeks, Centene Corp. has announced it will build a new claims facility and bring 200 jobs to the city of Ferguson. For the full story, click here.


Nixon and Others Unveil $1 Million no-interest loan program for Ferguson Businesses
Governor Jay Nixon announced the availability of $1 million in no interest loans for businesses affected by the events in Ferguson. The loan was put together by the St. Louis Regional Chamber, the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, and several local banks. For the full story, click here.

Help for the most affected Ferguson Neighborhoods is pouring in
Residents, churches, community organizations, and businesses are joining together to support the communities hardest hit by the recent events in Ferguson. For the full story click here.  

Better Block Exhibitions Taking Place in 3 St. Louis Neighborhoods
This September, 3 St. Louis neighborhoods will temporarily rebuild one of their streets to show their neighborhood what could be a revitalized area for economic activity. Hamilton Heights, Skinker-Debaliviere, and Dutchtown are hosting their exhibitions on three Saturdays throughout the month of September.  For the full story, click here.

CDFI Fund Releases Ten Years of Public Data on New Markets Tax Credit Investments
The Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund has released data on the $31.1 billion in New Markets Tax Credits investments it has issued over the past ten years and an analysis of the allocation of those investments. New Market Tax Credits have been used nationwide to fund projects in low-income communities. For the full story, click here.

Downtown Belleville is on the upswing
A combination of a $7 million streetscape project, public festivals, and business renovations are leading to positive developments in downtown Belleville. For the full story, click here.

On Chess: New Pocket Park Fills Formerly Vacant Lot in Old North St. Louis
Chess Pocket Park is the result of the Washington University and St. Louis City's Sustainable Land Lab challenge. The park brings life to the space of a formerly vacant residential lot in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood. For the full story click here.

CONFERENCES & SEMINARS

19th Annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood Conference
SLACO, Harris-Stowe State University and other local partners are hosting a conference on "Strong Neighborhoods: Regional Prosperity" November 1 from 8 to 3 pm. For more information, click here


STL Fundamentals: City/County Divide
The Missouri History Museum is hosting this conference on the historic St. Louis City and County Divide. Join them September 18 in this discussion on the history of this event and its impact today. For more information, click here


 

TRAINING & WORKSHOPS

Basics for Nonprofit Leaders: Diversity VS Inclusion
Sister Margaret Bright of the Incarnate Word Foundation, Reena Hajat Carroll of the Diversity Awareness Partnership, and Rick Skinner of the United Way of Greater St. Louis are hosting a free workshop on the benefits of diversity for the operations of an organization. The workshop will take place September 30 from 3 to 5 pm at St. Louis Public Library's Central Library. For more information, click here

Start Something: Be a Social Entrepreneur!
St. Louis Public Library's Central Library is hosting a free workshop on growing a social enterprise. Join Chris Miller, CEO of Mission Company L3C, and other expert panelists October 20 between 9 and 11 am at the Central Library. Preregistration is required for this event. For more information, please contact Kimberly Parks at 314-539-0357 or email her at kparks@slpl.org


Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning Course
The University of Missouri St. Louis is hosting courses on the Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning between October 8 and December 3. Participants will receive UMSL's Chancellor's Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning. For more information, click here.


Community Development Academy
The University of Missouri Extension is offering a five-day course on best practices, networking, and instruction for community developers. The course runs from September 22 through September 26. For more information, click here.


Capacity Building Workshop
Community Development Administration for the City of St. Louis hosts a series of free capacity building workshops for nonprofit organizations discussing a wide range of relevant topics.  For more information click here.

EVENTS

WHO WE ARE

The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is a partnership between the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, the St. Louis Home Repair Network, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to bring you quality up-to-date community development information. Look for the St. Louis Community Builders Exchange every other Wednesday morning!

Self Help Ownership Program
HUD is accepting applications for the Self Help Ownership Program (SHOP) from organizations who facilitate and encourage innovative home ownership opportunities.  For more information, click here.


Reinvest North County Fund
North County Incorporated is accepting applications through September 15 for funding for businesses affected by the civil unrest in the Ferguson, Jennings, or Dellwood areas. For more information, click here, and for the application, click here.


Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for the Brownfields Area-Wide Planning Grant. Money from this grant will be used for research and technical support for efforts in cleaning up and reusing brownfield sites. For more information, click here.

Marketplace of Ideas
The Incarnate Word Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Marketplace of Ideas. Applicant winners will receive $5,000 to support the funding of their projects. For more information, click here.

250 Ways to Improve Your Neighborhood
SLACO is seeking ideas for a contest on how to improve the region's neighborhoods. The contest's winner will be announced at the annual SLACO Regional Neighborhood conference November 1 and will receive a cash prize of $250. For more information, click here.


Rural Community Initiative Grants
The United States Department of Agriculture is offering Rural Community Initiative Grants for non-profit community development organizations working with community and economic development in low-income rural communities. For more information, click here.
Community and Environmental Planner
Heartlands Conservancy is seeking a Community and Environmental Planner to assist them as they identify and implement potential projects that protect natural resources in southwestern Illinois. For further information, click here.

Database Manager
Beyond Housing is a seeking a database manager responsible for managing the e-Tapestry database, data entry, data analysis, training and development. For a more detailed job description, click here.


Marketing and Membership Coordinator
North County Incorporated is seeking a full time Marketing and Membership Coordinator to handle membership development and public relations initiatives. For a more detailed job description, click here.

Transportation Analyst
East-West Gateway Council of Governments is seeking a Transportation Analyst to work on data research analysis and presentation. For more information, click here.
Rebound Neighborhoods in Older Industrial Cities: The Story of St. Louis
In this publication, Todd Swanstrom of the University of Missouri St. Louis and Hank Webber of Washington University analyze four decades of census data and discuss factors contributing to the vitality of neighborhoods across St. Louis. While some neighborhoods in St. Louis are experiencing a vibrant resurgence unseen since the early 1900's, too many neighborhoods remain desperately poor. The paper highlights factors contributing to rebound in Central West End, Botanical Heights, Shaw, Mark Twain, and Maplewood. To read the full publication, click here.

 
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