Head of National Organization Tells Neighborhood Revitalization Supporters to Drive for Higher Goals of Greater Impact

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The United Neighborhood Centers of America (http://www.unca.org) 2011 Neighborhood Revitalization Conference on July 21-22 featured Peter Goldberg, CEO of United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), encouraging attendees to step above carefully-crafted outcome measurements and drive for higher goals of greater impact. The two-day event, held July 21-22 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., addressed place-based work through the lens of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

During the sold-out United Neighborhood Centers of America (http://www.unca.org) 2011 Neighborhood Revitalization Conference, Peter Goldberg, CEO of United Neighborhood Centers of America (UNCA), encouraged attendees to strive for greater impact, saying, “While we, as nonprofits, need to be held appropriately accountable for outcomes, we also have to step above carefully-crafted outcome measurements and drive for higher goals of greater impact.”

More than 350 people from around the country have converged for an in-depth look at comprehensive community development. The two-day event, held July 21-22 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., addressed place-based work through the lens of the White House Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative.

Speakers from the White House and U.S. Department of Education, community experts, and local practitioners discussed evidence-based, integrated program design; sustainability; managing collaborations with accountability; and racial equity.

Goldberg called for the U.S. Congress to make a meaningful commitment to neighborhood revitalization. “We need for Congress to assure us that these new efforts—which we heartily commend—are not ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ victims of ideological warfare, or will simply become marginalized efforts sacrificed at budget cutting before they even begin to show the promise they truly embody,” he said.

Goldberg’s remarks at the UNCA event captured the conviction that, in order for comprehensive neighborhood revitalization to have its best chances for success, nonprofit, multi-service organizations are going to need funders—public and philanthropic—who are driven by a powerful vision of what’s possible, as well as what we can achieve, rather than a division of focus and a derision of best efforts in uncharted waters.

“We need funding sources that are comprehensive in their approach, rather than mired in silos as in the past,” he commented.

UNCA is a national advocate for social justice, neighborhood-based progress, and community building that is inclusive, multi-generational, family-oriented, asset-based, opportunity-driven, and rooted in the rich tradition of the settlement house movement. UNCA’s members comprise a voluntary network of nonprofit community-based organizations including settlement houses, neighborhood and community centers, and similar community-building institutions. UNCA builds neighborhoods with neighbors. Learn more at http://www.unca.org.

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