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Advocacy Tactics

advocacy-tactics

Of the 51 organizations that checked at least one activity, half had meetings with legislators in the past two years, making it the most popular advocacy tactic next to special events and letter writing campaigns. Other activities included testifying on policy and participating in advocacy organizations.

Advocacy TacticNumber of Organizations Participating
Meetings with Legislators44
Special Events28
Letter Writing Campaign24
Internet Campaign18
Advocacy Day Letter Writing16
Other6
Door to Door Campaign5

General Organization Information

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Although most CDCs are nonprofits, they range in size from no full time staff at all to hundreds of full time employees. A majority of CDCs are small, with less than 20 employees, but that does not mean they are new to the neighborhood! Three of every four CDCs have been around for more than 10 years, and one third have an executive director that has served for more than 10 years. For operating budget and funding information, see Funding.

None of the 82 CDCs were 501c(4), 501c(6), or Block Clubs.

Organization TypeNumber of Organizations
501c(3)71
CHDO24
MDO11
Community Action Agency8
Government5
CDFI3
Quasi Governmental3
Other3
Mainstreet1

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The oldest organization began in 1851. The newest started in 2010.

Years Since Organization Inception2012 Data 2008 Data
20+52%43%
11 - 2032%36%
6 - 1013%12%
1 - 56%9%

Funding Sources

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CDC Funding SourcesPercentage of Receiving OrganizationsPercentage of Receiving Organizations (Substantial)
Individual Donors59%10%
Foundations55%17%
MSHDA Grant46%13%
HOME42%23%
CDBG41%9%
Financial Institutions38%3%
NSP1, 2, and 331%17%
Earned Income30%11%
Other28%10%
HUD Other27%14%
City Govt25%6%
Faith-based Institutions24%3%
State Govt Other23%9%
Federal Home Loan Bank17%0%
LISC17%3%
USDA17%3%
Federal Govt Other16%6%
LIHTC14%7%
CNCS and MCSC13%4%
Endowment11%0%
HHS9%4%
DDA/TIF6%0%
CDFI3%0%

top-funders

Changes in Funding Received by CDCs Since 2008FoundationsMSHDA GrantsCDBG FundsEarned Income
Increased44%48%24%67%
Decreased 8% 27%48%10%
No Change31%15%10%10%

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“We do everything but hire the Goodyear blimp: direct mail, events, employee gift matching, volunteers, church budget line item or collections.”

CDCs wrote what they find to be the most important method of outreach to funders. Responses fit into the following categories. For CDCs with no funders, most funds come from earned income like rent or developer’s fees.

Most Important Methods of OutreachPercentage
Face to Face51%
Communications and Grant Reporting50%
Events11%
Grant Applications10%
No Funders5%
Gift or Grant Matching4%