Mission and Vision

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. Through the ongoing dialogue the Institute facilitates, organizations align their work towards the field’s common vision, and adapt to the changing world.

The Institute enables Community Development Corporations and other non-profit organizations and their partners to build more homes, create more jobs, grow more businesses, nurture more community leaders, and pursue more comprehensive community building strategies that also address issues such as transportation, public safety, green space development, workforce development and youth development.

Who We Serve

Our focus is on community development professionals, volunteers, and board members. Our program also serves professionals from these sectors:

  • Public – municipalities, state departments, local government
  • Private – legal firms, commercial realty, lending, banking, etc.
  • Nonprofit – CDCs, public health, education, giving foundations, and more

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