About Community Builders Network
Founded September 29, 2011, the Community Builders Network (CBN) is a professional association of nonprofit community building organizations (CBOs) and associate members comprised of lenders, philanthropy, nonprofits, and government actors, whose goal is to build vibrant neighborhoods where people want – and can afford – to live, creating a stronger and more competitive regional economy. These organizations help people make the connections to make their dreams possible, whether it’s an affordable home, a decent-paying job or a safe route to school. As a network, we believe in a St. Louis region where all people live in safe, economically strong and vibrant neighborhoods because of the active engagement of the residents who live there and the community building organizations that represent them. While community building organizations are committed to the long-term growth of neighborhoods because they are rooted in the neighborhoods they serve, the Network is committed to the long-term growth of the community building organizations and the system that supports them.
To fulfill that commitment, the Network focuses on three activities:
- increasing the capacity of member organizations
- developing a more supportive community building system
- raising public awareness of the need and importance for community building
Get to Know the Members
Please find out more about the member organizations and the work they do by browsing the directory.
Members have developed a pledge indicating their commitment to an exemplary level of practice and conduct. Check out the Members Pledge and see which organizations’ Boards have approved it.
Become a Member
Is your organization interested in becoming a member? Learn more about membership by browsing our information about becoming a member. Also, take a look at the community building nonprofit membership application, associate membership application, and the members pledge!
Click here to review our 2011/2012 annual review (PDF).
Click here to review our 2013 annual review (PDF).
University of Missouri St. Louis Creating Whole Communities Report
The Public Policy Research Center (PPRC) at the University of Missouri St. Louis and the Des Lee Professor of Community Collaboration and Public Policy conducted three months of research during the summer of 2011 to understand the St. Louis region’s community development system. After interviews and surveys with community building organizations, the PPRC released a report called Creating Whole Communities. This report supported the founding of the Community Builders Network. Click here for the Creating Whole Communities report.