Mel King Institute 5th Anniversary Celebration

[ April 20, 2014; ] Honoring MassHousing & Mathew Thall
Park Plaza Hotel on Friday, June 20th
This event will bring together members of the community development field to reflect on the Institute’s accomplishments over the past five years and to learn about our vision for the future.  Over the past five years, we were thrilled to see an ever-increasing demand [...]

Business Improvement Districts

[ May 29, 2014; ]  


Time: 9:30AM – 2PM. 9AM Coffee & Networking. Lunch provided.

Location: Trescott Street Gallery (8 Trescott Street, Taunton, MA 02780)

Registration Deadline: May 22, 2014

Communities across the Commonwealth are turning their neighborhood centers and downtowns around. Both the public and private sector are making investments in infrastructure, buildings, creating more housing, and building a stronger business community [...]

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; ]  

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Time: 1:00PM – 5:00PM

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

DHCD: FY13 Peer-to-Peer Technical Assistance Program

Attention Non-Entitlement Communities!

Do you need help with a community, economic or housing development problem or issue?
Do you want to increase your community’s capacity to carry out community, economic, or housing development projects?

The Peer-to-Peer Program Can Help You.

To apply, send a request letter describing your problem or issue.
DHCD’s Division of Community Services will help you locate a colleague [...]

2013 Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship

Application Deadline: August 8, 2012 at 5:00pm
Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellows are part of a unique three-year program offering unparalleled learning and networking opportunities. As integral staff members of their host organizations, fellows gain practical experience in site acquisition, site planning, architectural design, financial pro-formas, financing applications and public approvals. Fellows engage in neighborhood planning, helping their [...]

Third Sector New England: Better Nonprofit Management Training Series

Third Sector New England’s Better Nonprofit Management Training Series provides ongoing learning opportunities specifically designed by and for those within the non-profit sector. The series includes multiple workshops to help non-profit managers, staff, board members and other key stakeholders strengthen general management skills.
Our workshop trainers are leaders in their field and in the non-profit sector, and include international fund-raising expert Simone P. Joyaux, [...]

What is a Strategic Acquisition? Decision Modeling in Support of Foreclosed Housing Redevelopment

Michael P. Johnson Jr., Rachel B. Drew & Jeffrey Keisler, University of Massachusetts Boston
David Turcotte, University of Massachusetts Lowell (2012)
This paper describes and develops a model for calculating location-based strategic values of foreclosed properties considered for acquisition and redevelopment by community development corporations (CDCs). A property’s strategic value refers to its proximity to site-specific neighborhood amenities and [...]