Partnership & Collaboration
The connections between communities and the resources they need to thrive are often confusing, circuitous, ineffective or broken.
To ensure better connections between communities and valuable community development resources, Neighborhood Allies:
- Convenes and organizes resource providers to develop coordinated strategy and approaches to neighborhood support
- Vets and matches qualified resource providers to specific community needs
- Researches and provides connections to best practices and outside expertise
Our role as an intermediary is three fold:
- We provide expertise, tailored support and long-term commitment through listening and connecting neighborhoods with resources
- We foster collaboration between government, investors, foundations and intermediaries like us, to unlock capital and services creatively and meaningfully
- We use our unique role as a trusted advisor and honest partner to weave together funders and the organizations they support
The people living in distressed and transitioning neighborhoods can’t do this work alone: they need the active collaboration of a wide range of institutions and interests. The 21st-century approach to community development requires both traditional partners, such as community development organizations, and new partners, such as arts groups, community-focused business organizations, park and trail organizations, and individual residents who are taking a stand and working together.
In addition to the diverse and talented network of partners and stakeholders Neighborhood Allies has built in Pittsburgh, we also have a strong connection to national expertise, funding and best practices through our partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). As the local partner in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Neighborhood Allies has access to and can connect our network to these national experts who provide technical assistance to local office staff and practitioners in local community organizations, and participate in policy efforts of the community development industry.
What it will take to transform our distressed and transitioning neighborhoods is the support of our people, their projects and organizations – helping people do their best work to lead their own neighborhood transformation.