Many organizations -- businesses, civic groups, foundations, or otherwise -- might like to have a regular vehicle for supporting and participating in community activities in the neighborhoods where they operate. Forming a Good Neighbor Committee can help with that goal, and can do something more: provide a leadership opportunity for employees who are interested in the organization's relationship with its neighbors. Based on the Ford Foundation's Good Neighbor Committee this guide offers one model of how such committees can work and what they can accomplish.
What's in the Guide?
- Designing a program to meet internal and external goals
- Organizing your committee, and getting started
- Carrying on an effective program
- Starting a Committee: Organizing the committee begins with deciding on its goals, who should be members, how long they will serve, who will facilitate and lead the group, and what its budget will be. This section offers ideas for how to start, and what issues may arise in the early stages.
- The Committee's First Steps: Once a Good Neighbor Committee is formed, its members will have a number of further issues to settle: What's the definition of the "neighborhood"? What kinds of activities might they support in the neighborhood, and how will they learn about its needs and the organizations they might fund? What duties will each member be expected to perform, and how will the committee organize its workload? Every committee answers these questions differently. This section offers some ideas and examples.
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