Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

The New Way Forward: Using Collaborations and Partnerships for Greater Efficiency and Impact

Author(s): Dee Walsh, REACH Community Development, Inc. and Robert Zdenek, The New School for Management and Urban Policy

January 1, 2011

Community Development Working Papers

This paper uses seven short case studies of nonprofit housing and community development organizations to explore three different collaborative strategies that increase their efficiency and impact. These case studies include both recent and long-standing partnerships in affordable housing, community development finance, neighborhood stabilization, and transit-oriented development. It concludes with recommendations based on the examples, including effective strategies for successful innovation, collaboration, and partnership formation.

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