Partnership is a key Hope strategy for growing community experience and impact. We don’t have a large staff. Instead, we build networks, partnerships and connections that add depth and breadth to our work. We partner with at least 30 organizations every year to strengthen the web of relationships that creates a strong community. Some examples include:

  • Our transformative real estate development at the corner of Franklin and Portland has been accomplished in partnership with Aeon, a fellow nonprofit community developer. Aeon will continue to be a core partner in the future as we work together to maintain the South Quarter as a major benefit to the community.
  • A partnership with the Neighborhood Development Center brings entrepreneurship training to residents. Several well-known community businesses have emerged from this relationship.
  • Prepare + Prosper provides tax preparation service to hundreds of residents each year. Last year, we worked together to design and implement a large-scale community listening project to learn what people think about personal finances.
  • Hope and the Land Stewardship Projects partner to raise awareness about local foods and to increase access to affordable healthy food in this neighborhood. Hope provides land for growing, as well as strategies and staff for connecting with our diverse constituency. LSP adds capacity by providing organizing staff, a network of local farmers and food producers, and strong relationships with local groups working on similar issues.
  • Our extensive connections to other local organizations, universities and colleges, the local business community, top police officials, politicians and government officials, and decision-makers bring resources and opportunities.  Many bring resources to programs and others bring participants as well.

Hope’s work adds to community capacity in many ways. We build partnerships, are invited to important tables, and asked to advise others. Collective learning and experience shared by Hope staff, hundreds of community members, and partner organizations make larger impact possible.