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Community Development Organizations’ Capacity to Respond to COVID-19: The Strategic Use of Social Capital

It has long been noted that community development organizations use social capital to build capacity for the constituencies they serve. Less recognized, however, is the ability of these organizations to leverage social capital to improve their own capacities. Our research shows that CDOs that use social capital in this way are more likely to be resilient. How do they do it? The leaders we spoke with identified strategies related to expanding their networks, clearly articulating/reciprocating benefits, and pinpointing opportunities to improve competencies.


Anita Brown-Graham, Jamie McCall, Maureen Berner, Teshanee Williams