Our Approach

We Help You Make Your Community a More Livable Place

Our approach is simple. We empower and enable local leaders—from community officials to citizen advocates and business leaders—with tools, information, and support so they can create more livable places. Through our Training & Assistance programs, we work shoulder-to-shoulder with community partners to craft practical solutions that fit their specific challenges and opportunities. Along the way, we work to build their civic capacity so they can better tackle new challenges down the road. Because we can’t be everywhere, we further provide Tools & Insights to give local leaders the resources and support they need to drive positive change in their communities.

How We Make It Happen


Strengthen Local Leadership

Local leaders are fundamental to building strong communities. Yet, leadership extends beyond an elected office. It is a collection of people and organizations working tirelessly to better their community for the benefit of those who live there. We work to create a culture of civic leadership that empowers local leaders to drive greater impact within their communities.


Inspire Community Action

Lasting success emerges from and is propelled by a community—it is not something that can be delivered from an outside entity. We help build the capacity communities need to forge their own future by providing the tools, insights, and analysis to help them take action.


Enable On-the-Ground Progress

We have an implementation bias. Whether working with local partners to establish better policies and programs or providing resources that support the implementation of best practices more broadly, we emphasize results and meaningful on-the-ground change.

Who We Work With

Community Builders works with those involved in the process of building strong, equitable, and prosperous places. This includes local governments, state and regional entities, and foundations, philanthropists, and private sector professionals working in support of community building efforts.