2009 - present
MACDC, NeighborWorks America, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation, Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), Mass Housing and several CDCs
Building Community Capacity
The Mel King Institute builds capacity for community development organizations
as a whole and individual community leaders by increasing access to high quality training opportunities
The Mel King Institute for Community Building is a collaborative initiative designed to address a sector-wide need for both individual skill and organizational capacity building. By leveraging the resources and knowledge of its partnering institutions and committee members and working with public agencies, nonprofits, universities, private consultants and experts, the Institute will provide access to higher quality training at a lower cost. This will in turn advance the skills, knowledge and leadership ability of professional practitioners and volunteer leaders in the community development field and increase the capacity of community developers and organizations to foster thriving, vibrant Massachusetts communities. The Institute will not only help CDCs pursue such programs and projects themselves, but also help them forge the strategic partnerships and collaborations that will be essential to long term success.
LISC Boston’s Role
LISC Boston provided support to MACDC for research on training needs and the creation of a business plan for the Institute. We also made the first financial commitment to support the Institute’s operation and will continue to collaborate with MACDC to ensure the Institute’s success. Additionally, LISC Boston staff serve on the program, curriculum and steering committees of the Mel King Institute, including LISC Boston board member Antonio Torres who serves as the co-chair of the Mel King Institute board.
Mel King Institute's programs are focused on both individual skill and organizational capacity building for maximum impact. As such, the Mel King Institute:
»Sponsors Trainings: Trainings are high-quality and cover a range of disciplines including real estate development, asset management, strategic and financial planning, and community organizing. Trainings include national programs in addition to programs designed to meet specific needs here in Massachusetts.
»Serves as a Clearinghouse: By acting as a repository for information on local, regional, and national training opportunities, the Institute connects community developers to the most appropriate trainings.
»Provides Technical Assistance: The Mel King Institute is organized as a collaborative enterprise that leverages and shares its partnering institutions’ expertise.
The goals of the Mel King Institute include:
»Increasing the capacity of organizations, professionals and volunteer leaders in the field by increasing access to high-quality training.
»Building fruitful relationships between community leaders and partnering institutions.
»Supporting ongoing learning and innovation in the field.
»Strengthening the next generation of leaders as they assume increasing levels of responsibility across the sector.