All neighborhoods are places of opportunity. Community building turns opportunity into assets for those who live there and people throughout the region. Rebuilding a neighborhood makes the whole region a better place. The Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) was formed to further support this important work.

CBN is a professional association of nonprofit community building organizations whose goal is to build vibrant neighborhoods where people want—and can afford—to live, thereby creating a stronger and more competitive regional economy. CBN works toward these goals and supports members by:

  • increasing the capacity of member organizations
  • developing a more supportive community building system
  • raising public awareness of the need and importance for community building

If you are a nonprofit community building organization and interested in becoming a member, your organization must turn in a completed Membership Application and a board-signed Members Pledge. Members developed this pledge to indicate their commitment to an exemplary level of practice and conduct.

CBN associate members are organizations that aren’t community building nonprofits, but support the mission and activities of CBN’s network. To become an associate member, your organization must submit a completed Associate Membership Application.

ALL Member Benefits

All members, including Community Building Nonprofit Members and Associate Members, have access to the following benefits:

  • Exclusive access to member-only information emails to keep you informed of funding, professional development opportunities, and news in community development
  • Access to unique networking opportunities that include key leaders, practitioners, and funders in St. Louis’ community development field at membership meetings and other events
  • Participation in the development of neighborhood revitalization policy agendas
  • Connection to staff and peers who can answer questions about programs, policies, referrals, communications, and proposals
  • Access to local press list with over 200 contacts
  • Discounted rates for capacity building offerings, events, and mapping services
  • Free facilitation services for collaborations involving at least three community building nonprofit members working in multiple neighborhoods
  • Discounts to National Development Council (NDC) trainings through CBN’s membership with the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA)
  • Listing organization in network directory

Community Building Nonprofit Member EXCLUSIVE Benefits

The following benefits are exclusive to Community Building Nonprofit Members only:

  • Assistance with sector-related initiatives and funding opportunities (such as Community Development Block Grant funds) through review feedback and best practice information
  • Access to local conference and training scholarships as opportunities arise
  • Opportunity to have organizational work broadcast by our website and the bi-weekly Community Builders Exchange e-newsletter
  • Assistance in using CBN’s Professional Services Support Program and access to subsidies for qualifying services

In coming together to build a stronger community building system, network members have established some initial policy recommendations for CBN members. As part of a professional community of practice, members seek to implement the following:

  • Develop place-based, multi-year, collaborative and comprehensive community development plans based on civic engagement by the residents and businesses in the community
  • Engage potential funders as early as possible in a spirit of collaboration
  • Commit individual organizations and collaborations to use data as an evaluation and decision-making tool for maximizing impact and outcomes
  • Create organizational improvement plans that develop organizational capacity, professionalism, and staff expertise and uphold the values outlined in CBN’s Members Pledge

If you are already a member, you can access the members-only portion of the website here. This space exists to help share information, practices, and questions among member organizations.