Having strong local partners is key to implementing successful commercial revitalization initiatives. Therefore, in addition to support provided to Business Improvement Districts and critical funding provided through Avenue NYC, NDD offers community-based development organizations a broad range of trainings and services aimed at building each organizations' capacity:
The Neighborhood 360° Fellows program pairs community organizers and planners with New York City community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to facilitate increased collaboration between local stakeholders around impactful economic development initiatives. Fellows will serve as on the ground resources connecting local businesses, jobseekers and CBDOs to NYC Department of Small Business Services’ programs. Additionally, fellows will participate in a series of supplemental seminars and excursions focused on professional development and commercial revitalization.
For more information about the program and to begin the application process, visit the Neighborhood 360° Fellows page.
NDD provides training opportunities to staff and board members of community-based organizations on how to manage a nonprofit organization and execute organizational goals. Using workshops as creative, collaborative educational settings, participants receive essential knowledge and skills to manage nonprofit organizations, plan and execute commercial revitalization projects, and navigate government agencies. The in-person workshops and online webinars are free to all participants and provide a broad and easily comprehensible overview of specific topics, including fundraising, financial management, communications, board governance, strategic and project planning, program evaluation, and impact measurement.
For the schedule of upcoming trainings and workshops visit the Neighborhood Development Calendar or register now for upcoming workshops.
The Nonprofit Management Coaching Program participants work one-on-one with a Support Center for Nonprofit Management coach to assess internal effectiveness and determine priority areas for improvement in fundraising, financial management, strategic and project planning, program evaluation, and measurement, and communications. Coaches then assist participants to implement an organizational development work plan that addresses key challenges and leverages their existing strengths.
The Commercial Revitalization Project Management Program participants are matched with a Community Resource Exchange (CRE) coaches to assist them with problem solving organizational challenges identified as groups complete Avenue NYC funded commercial revitalization projects. CRE coaches assist participants to develop internal capacity and expertise to better execute commercial revitalization projects.
The Community Engagement Strategies Program participants work with the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) to host a series of Livable Neighborhoods Training program workshops. Workshops engage community members in participating neighborhoods on vary topics including: economic development and commercial corridor assets, resulting in community-generated commercial revitalization priorities and strategies.
The Neighborhood Legal Fellows Program pairs exceptional second and third year law students with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) seeking legal and/or governance support. Fellows support neighborhood-serving organizations by providing assistance to smaller BIDs, and BIDs without in-house counsel, in navigating matters of nonprofit governance and other compliance issues. Legal Fellows are supervised by a licensed attorney at SBS. Services are provided at no cost to the BID. If you are a member of a BID and are interested in the Neighborhood Legal Fellows Program, contact the Neighborhood Development team via email at email@example.com.
Impact! Design for Social Change is a partnership between the Department of Small Business Services and the School of Visual Arts that brings together graduate level and professional designers in a variety of disciplines who collaborate with community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to come up with design oriented solutions to some of their most pressing problems. The students use design-thinking and innovation to evaluate each organization and come up with a tangible artifact, which helps them advance the project, if they choose to do so. If you are a member of a CBDO interested in the Impact! Design for Social Change program, contact the Neighborhood Development team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more capacity building initiatives available in NYC, please visit the Neighborhood Development Resource Library.