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Working Through the Community




Feb 7, 2001


Bonnie Politz

RE: the evolution of CBIs the Center documented. They have evolved in different ways:

from a former initiative...that may have been focused on one youth-related issue but with broad-based support from funders, policymakers, practitioners, etc. the need for a broader, neutral, inclusive 'table' was defined and grew into the CBI.

at the initiation of civic or municipal city leaders and officials...a need was identified, e.g., coordination across local systems that impact youth; identifying how young people could become contributing members to the community; an increase in local gang activity. A group of local leaders, including government, philanthropy and business came together and helped to create the local CBI.

initiation of a social individual with expertise, a solid local (and national) reputation, proven leadership skills, a broad-based network of allies and established linkages with funders promoted the CBI concept and got it off the ground.

response to a changing funding environment...cutbacks in local funding resulted in some new efforts to coordinate and collaborate that evolved into the CBI.

From our assessment, a critical element of success for CBIs is well-rounded, well-respected, assertive leadership with a well-articulated vision for the concept they are working on and the ability to reach out to a variety of audiences, including funders, practitioners, government folks, business, etc. The make-up of their boards is also important...activists and well-connected folks who understand and support the CBI concept.


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