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What is the Grounding Values Study?

NACEDA and the Urban Institute are conducting a three-year research study (2021-2023) on the financial health, programs, production, and services of community-based development organizations (CBDOs) throughout the United States. All data, findings, and methodology will be made public. View the Grounding Values Advisory Committee.

We will use the study to develop:

  • Resources: This research will help the community development sector target resources, advocate for new funding structures, and reimagine relationships with investors and resources.
  • Capability: The results will be used to test key hypotheses about how community-based development organizations are meeting community needs and industry expectations.
  • Adaptability: The study will help our sector prepare for social and economic changes driven by climate change, calls for racial justice, and shifts in local market conditions
  • Leadership: We will use the results to support diverse leaders currently emerging in our sector as they meet this moment in history.

1st Report on CBDOs Based on Tax Data

The Financial Health of Community-Based Development Organizations Health includes a summary report, 140 state and regional fact sheets, and a technical report. The full data set from the financial analysis is available for download. Use the findings to support your advocacy, fundraising, and capacity building goals in your geographic area.

1st National Survey of CBDOs Since 2005

The survey asked community development nonprofits questions about their programs, production, and services. It closed on November 4 and a report is forthcoming. The results will tell a powerful story about community development nonprofits and provide data to increase the flow of resources.

What's Next?

In the coming months, NACEDA will release a series of issue briefs that explore the identity of the community development sector, examine trends in the field, and provide insights into improving financial health of community development nonprofits. 

Community-Based Development Organizations (CBDOs) are private, nonprofit, community-based organizations that 1) develop housing, commercial, industrial or community facilities, or 2) support business development. Their work generally involves projects and programs aimed at improving the lives of lower-income people or the communities in which they live. Organizations that provide social services but also do development are included in this survey.

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