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Our theory of change is that a stronger, more unified community development field will lead to stronger, healthier, more prosperous communities for the people who live in them.
What is community development?
Community development is the work of increasing the value of our neighborhoods, towns and cities for those who live and work there. Community development work is done by engaged members of the community – residents and neighbors, employers and employees, private and public property owners, and private and public institutions of every kind. Community development means people making decisions about, and making investments in, their block, town or region, to build opportunity for people to prosper.
Community development corporations (CDCs) are non-profit businesses that are used by the people who are working to improve and develop their communities. Across the US, they provide the expertise, experience, and practical tools that get this work done.