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What is the Grounding Values Study?

NACEDA and the Urban Institute are conducting a 3-year research study (2021–2023) on the financial health, programs, production, and services of community-based development organizations throughout the United States. This is the first national survey of the community developers since 2005. All data, findings, and methodology will be made public. View the Grounding Values Advisory Committee.

National Survey of Community Development Nonprofits

You should have received a survey invitation by email from the Urban Institute with a unique, customized link for your organization. It has the subject line “Request to Participate: National Survey of Nonprofit Community Developers.”  Learn more on our survey webpage. The survey closes on October 21.

Didn't receive a survey invitation? Check your spam folder and ask if anyone else at your organization received a survey invitation from the Urban Institute. If not, complete this survey request form to get your organization's personalized survey link. 

Report on the Financial Health of Our Sector

JUST RELEASED — The Financial Health of Community-Based Development Organizaitons. Based on tax data, the report includes 140 fact sheets, a summary report, technical report, and data sets. Go to the Financial Health Report webpage. 

How will this information be used?

  • 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.

Become a Grounding Values Partner to get updates on the study and learn what you can do to support the survey.

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