Members

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. To further support this important work the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis (CBN) was formed.

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, creating a stronger and more competitive regional economy. CBN works towards 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 the membership application and a board-signed members pledge. Members developed this pledge to indicate their commitment to an exemplary level of practice and conduct. See which organizations’ boards have approved and signed the pledge.

Community Building Nonprofit Member Benefits

  • Exclusive access to member only information emails to keep you informed of funding and professional development opportunities along with important news in community development
  • Access to unique networking opportunities-including key leaders, practitioners, 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, informational referrals, communications and proposals
  • Discounted rates for capacity building offerings, events, and mapping services
  • Scholarships to attend trainings that cover 50% of cost up to $500
  • Assistance on initiatives and funding opportunities affecting the sector (such as Community Development Block Grant funds) through review feedback and best practice information
  • Free facilitation services for collaborations involving at least three community building nonprofit members working in multiple neighborhoods
  • Listing organization in network directory

Associate Member Benefits

  • Exclusive access to member only information emails to keep you informed of the latest developments and resources available in community development
  • Access to unique networking opportunities-including key leaders, practitioners, funders in St. Louis’ community development field at Membership Meetings and other events
  • Participation in the development of neighborhood revitalization policy agendas
  • Connection to network staff and peer organizations who can answer questions about programs, policies, informational referrals, communications and proposals
  • Connect with organizations that offer investment or project opportunities
  • Listing organization in network directory
  • Representation on the Community Builders Network Board

Furthermore, in coming together to build a stronger community building system, the 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, as well as 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, staff expertise, and uphold the values outlined in CBN’s 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.