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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%

Employees

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At the time of the survey, the longest any current Executive Director had served was 36 years and the newest Executive Director (4 months) had recently replaced a Director of 30 years. Four CDCs did not have an Executive Director. Out of the 82 surveyed CDCs, 32 had a staff succession plan in place and 37 were interested in developing one.

Years Served By Executive Director2012 Data2008 Data
1 -5 40%36%
11 - 2023%24%
6 - 1017%24%
20 +10%7%
0 - 15%9%
No Executive Director5%N/A

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Number of Full Time Employees2012 Data2008 Data
1 - 538%45%
6 - 2030%18%
21 - 10015%18%
100 +9%10%
09%9%

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Number of Part Time Employees2012 Data
1 - 556%
018%
6 - 2013%
21 - 1009%
100 +4%

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(People issued a Federal Form 990)

Number of Consultants2012 Data
1 - 562%
023%
6 - 2011%
21 - 1003%
100 +2%

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Number of Volunteer Hours2012 Data
0 - 99951%
1,000 - 4,99928%
5,000 +21%

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Organizations that answered yes are currently hosting 55 full time AmeriCorps and 41 part-time.

AmeriCorps/AmeriCorps VISTA Members Hosted2012 Data
No34%
Yes 33%
Used To20%
Want To13%

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Staff SizePercentage
Decreased37%
Increased35%
No Change28%

Employee Demographics

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In terms of employee demographics, full-time employees in the CDC industry are predominately female (69% of all full-time employees across respondent CDCs) and have achieved at least a bachelor’s degree (59%). The top three most commonly reported ethnicities among full time employees are white (77%), black/African American (18%) and Hispanic/Latino (4%). Full-time employees are evenly distributed over every age group.

Sex2012 Data
Female69%
Male31%

Age2012 Data
30 - 4028%
41 - 5023%
50 - 6023%
18 - 3015%
60 +11%

Education2012 Data
Bachelors37%
High School23%
Masters20%
Some College/Associates14%
Vocational Certification8%
PhD2%

Ethnicity 2012 Data
White77%
Black/African American18%
Hispanic/Latino4%
American Indian1%
Asian/Pacific Islander1%
Multiracial1%
Other0.1%

Challenges

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Challenges FacedPercentage of Organizations Facing These Challenges
Funding85%
Lack of Staff or Experienced Staff39%
Marketing29%
Barriers to Collaboration21%
Changing Service Area/Increased Need17%
Organization Efficiency or Strategy12%
Other7%

CDCs listed their top three challenges. Funding was easily the most frequently mentioned challenge across all CDCs. One unexpected common response was barriers to collaboration such as excess regulations, politics, unwillingness of another party to collaborate or lots of organizations working towards the same goal with no cooperative strategy. There were widely varied responses outside of the common challenges above, including:

  • Mission drift, or saying ‘no’ to things that do not fit in the organization’s mission
  • Deficiencies in the public education system
  • Managing a growing organization
  • Lack of board diversity
  • Having more qualified applicants than the CDC can provide affordable housing for
  • Credit worthiness of prospective tenants
  • Perception that a particular neighborhood isn’t worth investing in
  • Lack of public transit
  • Reaching clients in rural areas