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Standing Against Racism

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 April 29, 2011

Alongside other organizations across the United States, The Alliance hosted its own “Stand Against Racism” event. The Alliance, a coalition of community development organizations and practitioners dedicated to increasing racial and ethnic diversity and addressing racism in the community development sector, coordinated its own day of action to raise awareness that racism still exists in our communities.
The event was held at the Boston Private Bank and Trust on April 29, 2011and included a showing of “Race the Power of an Illusion, The House We Live In”, followed by a lively discussion. All participants were delighted that the event gave them the opportunity to speak freely on their own personal views. Janet Grogan, who attended the event, said, “Thank you to the Alliance for having the event. The discussion that took place after the viewing was one of the most richest and honest conversations that I have been a part of.” 

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Mel King Institute Training A Success

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March 2, 2011

“I will be able to review financial information from a new view point and with a new understanding”, said one participant of the Nonprofit Housing Management Specialist, a four-day course sponsored by the Mel King Institute for Community Building in late February. These words were echoed by the other participants in the training, all of whom felt better equipped to manage their affordable housing properties and generate sustainable revenue sources following the training.

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The Alliance – Never Tiring of Doing What’s Right

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February 10, 2011

On January 25, 2011, twenty community development practitioners and funders came together to participate in an interactive strategic planning session for the Alliance (Advancing Community Development by Confronting Racism). Last year, the Alliance invested in a program evaluation; with this evaluation report in hand, they convened a diverse group of community development practitioners and local funders to set forth the next steps for upcoming years.

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Mel King Institute: Upcoming Fall Trainings

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September 15, 2010

The Mel King Institute has several new trainings this fall, including  "An Introduction to Community and Economic Development" on September 24, 2010 in Roxbury, MA and "Leadership Development Strategies for Community Development Practitioners" on October 8, 2010 in Lawrence, MA. These trainings will provide participants with a strong foundation of community development basics. Participants will leave more aware of the history of community development, and more aware of the tools they need to make an impact. The training will be led by Christina Clamp.

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Mel King Institute Celebrates First Anniversary

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July 8, 2010

On June 24, 2010, The Mel King Institute for Community Building was joined by members of the community development field from across Massachusetts to celebrate significant achievements made in its first year. Named after one of the most influential founders of community development in Boston, the Mel King Institute has provided comprehensive support by providing training opportunities, coordinating forums for collaboration, and fostering partnerships between CDC’s to help strengthen vibrant and thriving communities in Massachusetts.

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NHMS Training Participant: "I will use everything!"

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June 9, 2010

The Mel King Institute sponsored the Nonprofit Housing Management Specialist (NHMS) course June 2-8, 2010 in Boston. The NHMS course is the second module in a six-course series that will award successful participants with the Certified Housing Asset Manager (CHAM) designation. The participants included CDC staff from Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in addition to staff from property management companies and affordable housing lenders. All participants felt the training would help them advance professionally in the community development field, believed the skills they gained would help them become better asset managers, and expressed interest in more CHAM courses.

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NHMS - 2nd CHAM Course in Early June!

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April 26, 2010

The Mel King Institute for Community Building is sponsoring the Nonprofit Housing Management Specialist (NHMS) course. This is the second module in a six-course series that will award successful participants with the Certified Housing Asset Manager (CHAM®) Designation from the Consortium for Housing and Asset Management.  The NHMS course is an intensive, five-day survey course that helps participants transition from the "How to" to the "How well are we doing at what we are doing?" of real estate management. It introduces the functions, requirements and systems of good asset management. The training takes place June 2, 3, 4, 7, 8 in Boston. Click here to register!

 

Asset Managers Want More CHAM Courses in MA

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April 2, 2010

Thirteen community development practitioners participated in the Nuts and Bolts of Asset Management training in Worcester, MA on March 25 and 26, 2010. The Nuts and Bolts course, which was previously sponsored in Boston in early December by the Mel King Institute, is the first module in a six course series that will award successful participants with the Certified Housing and Asset Manager (CHAM) designation.

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