Group Facilitation: Bringing Community Meetings to Life

Time: 9AM-4PM
Location: Julia Martin House Community Room (90 Bickford St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130)
Registration Deadline: October 31, 2014
Do you attend or lead meetings that fail to achieve meeting or project goals? This day-long Meeting Facilitation workshop will introduce participants to effective meeting preparation, including outreach and engagement strategies, meeting facilitation skills, and how to follow-up [...]

5th Anniversary Celebration Recap

It was a wonderful Friday on June 20th celebrating the Institute’s work since its inception 5 years ago.  Check out these highlights:

From right to left:  Senator Linda Dorcena Forrey, MACDC’s President Joe Kriesberg, MKI’s Director Shirronda Almeida, Mel King, Honoree Tom Gleason, Honoree Mat Thall

Mel King receives a well deserved standing ovation.
Keynote address [...]

What’s in the Numbers? Demystifying CDC Financial Statements

[ September 26, 2014; ]


Time:  9AM – 4PM

Date: September 26th, 2014

Location: Homeownership Center, 138 Green Street, Worcester MA

Instructor: Stephanie O’Leary, Accounting Management Solutions

Do you really understand Community Development Corporation Financial Statements? Learn what non-accountants need to know from Stephanie O’Leary, Senior Consultant at Accounting Management Solutions, including:

How to analyze and interpret financial statements for CDCs
Manage the budgeting process and [...]

Undoing Racism

[ September 18, 2014 to September 20, 2014. ]  

Time, Date, and Location: Thursday, September 18, 5:30-8PM PAL P304E bracket Room; Friday, September 19, 9AM-5PM Trustman Gallary; and Saturday, September 20, 9AM-5pm Trustman Gallary

Instructor: The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
“This is a transformative training that gave us a shared analysis on race for our
community organizing work.”              – Haymarket Grantee
Through dialogue, reflection, role-playing, and [...]

Mel King Institute 5th Anniversary Celebration

[ June 20, 2014; ]  

Please join us as we celebrate our 5th year by honoring MassHousing and Mathew Thall.  Both honorees have been fundamental to the founding and development of the Mel King Institute. We are delighted to honor their achievements.

June 20th, 2014  8:30AM

Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116)

Keynote speaker: John Barros, City of Boston, Chief [...]

The Community Reinvestment Act Today: A Training for Community Advocates

[ May 6, 2014; ]  

Time:  9:30AM – 4PM. 9:00AM breakfast & networking.

Location: NonProfit Center, Community Room (89 South Street, Suite 700, Boston, MA 02111-2680)

Instructor: National Community Reinvestment Coalition

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) contains provisions that are specifically targeted to increase community development, making a deep understanding of the law and its usage of particular importance to community development corporations. [...]

Year 15 Transition Strategies for LIHTC Properties

[ May 13, 2014; ]  

Time:  9:00AM – 2:30PM

Location:  Tent City, Dow Room, 130 Dartmouth St, Boston, MA 02116

Instructors:  LISC - Celia Smoot, Jesse Elton


Join the Mel King Institute and LISC’s national Housing program for this training to prepare owners of Low Income Housing Tax Credit-financed housing to plan for Year 15 and beyond. The morning will feature presentations by LISC [...]

From Talking to Walking: Resident-created neighborhood tours

[ June 3, 2014; ]  

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Time: 12-3PM

Location: Tent City, Dow Room (130 Dartmouth St Boston, MA 02116)

Instructor: Karilyn Crockett

Long-term community development work is often driven by the values, struggles and histories that define a neighborhood, but how well do your staff, constituents and stakeholders know the stories behind the stories that drive your mission? And, most critically, are you [...]

Bypassing Burnout

[ May 8, 2014; ] POSTPONED TO FALL 2014

Since life stressors are varied, and come from all directions, a multi-tiered plan is necessary to navigate the multi-layered nature of burnout. In this four hour workshop participants will discover on-the-spot strategies, mid-length strategies, and long-term strategies to address stress. Using an instructional workbook, each participant will explore techniques that are personally [...]

The Right Message for the Right People: Crafting Messages to Support Your Work

[ April 29, 2014; ]  

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Sponsored by NeighborWorks

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Location:  The Nonprofit Center (89 South Street, Suite 700,Boston, MA 02111-2680)            

Instructor: Executive Service Corps

Registration Deadline: April 22, 2014

Get your organization to stand out.  Learn to define and to communicate what makes your organization unique and worth  supporting.

This training will help you develop the communications platform to [...]

Engaging Constituents for Community Impact

[ April 11, 2014; ]  

RESCHEDULE OF 2/14 training!

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Time: 9:30am-4:30pm; 9:00am breakfast and networking

Location: Greater Worcester Community Foundation (370 Main Street, Suite 650, Worcester 01608)‎

Instructor: Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D. and Maria Elena Letona, Ph.D

Registration Deadline: April 4, 2014

How do you meaningfully engage constituents in your organization’s mission and programs beyond the typical focus group or survey?  This unique training will present different approaches and [...]

CDCs and Academic Partnerships Research Report – Read it here

The Mel King Institute for Community Building fosters vibrant and thriving Massachusetts communities by advancing the skills, knowledge and leadership ability of professional practitioners and volunteer leaders in the community development field. We leverage collaborative educational partnerships that increase access, encourage innovation, and promote and institutionalize systemic success.As part of its work to continue to [...]

StrengthMatters Publications Released

Made possible by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topics include:  2013 Annual Update on Accounting and Auditing Developments,  Best Practice Papers on Financial Statement Notes and Disclosures, A CFO Guide to Understanding Cash Flow Waterfalls, and more.
Read new and updated papers here.

Mel King honoured with first Urban Farming Lifetime Achievement Award

Let’s congratulate Mel on with the first Urban Farming Lifetime Achievement Award!
See Excerpt from Greg Watson’s Facebook page:
“The opportunity to present my dear friend and mentor Mel King with the first Urban Farming Lifetime Achievement Award this past Saturday at the Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference was one of the greatest honors of my life. Mel [...]

Job Posting: Public Health Manager

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency for metropolitan Boston, seeks a Public Health Manager. This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative environment, leading a team of planning and public health specialists to promote healthy living across the region.  The Public Health Manager oversees MAPC’s efforts to [...]

Job Posting: MCBC Executive Director

The Massachusetts Community and Banking Council seeks its first Executive Director who will charged with leading this reinvigorated nonprofit organization. This dynamic leader will collaborate with an engaged Board of Directors and carry out MCBC’s mission to promote community investment in low and moderate income/underserved neighborhoods.  Guided by on an ambitious strategic plan, MCBC is [...]

Excellence in Governance

Excellence in Governance is designed to help responsible community development corporation (CDC) boards become exceptional. Participating organizations explore characteristics of effective board governance and the board’s role in improving organizational health, performance and sustainability. Using a proven, performance-based framework, each participating board will define success and measure its effectiveness in the context of their organization and [...]

Mel King Awarded the Edward J. Blakely Award

Let’s congratulate Mel King on winning the Edward J. Blakely Award!
See the press release below via MIT
Distinguished activist, practitioner, politician, scholar, and long-standing DUSP faculty member Mel King has been named as the inaugural winner of the Edward J. Blakely Award, presented by the Planners of Color Interest Group (POCIG) of the Association of Collegiate Schools of [...]

Make a Difference: The Giving Common

Attention nonprofits, potential donors and sponsors!
Are you interested in philanthropy? Not sure which organization to donate your money too? Want to learn more about the impact an organization is making on a community?
The Giving Common by The Boston Foundation is the program for you.
The Giving Common is a way for individuals to learn more about [...]