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CBN was born September 29, 2011 at a meeting of over 30 community building nonprofits from across the St. Louis area. These pioneer members were looking for ways to support each other as peers and advocate for critical issues and policy with a shared voice—especially as federal and state dollars that support community building work continue to shrink.

Since then, CBN has grown from an informal coalition to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with over 70 members, many of whom have been at the table since that initial meeting in 2011. The network is now supported not only by its two cofounders, both employees of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, but also by two full-time and one part-time staff, one full-time contractor, two AmeriCorps VISTA members, a rotation of dedicated interns and practicum students, and a 15-member Board of Directors that represents member organizations from a range of sectors and communities across the St. Louis region.

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