The CNC envisions a Cambridge where all community members have equitable access to opportunities and resources, and where the nonprofit sector is a valued partner in leading social change that addresses historical injustice. In order to achieve this vision, the nonprofit field in Cambridge must engage deeply with Cambridge City government to ensure that the needs of our most vulnerable residents are met.
Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition Advocacy Agenda
Our advocacy work is focused on our guiding principles and is shaped by nonprofit voices. Within this framework, we encourage City of Cambridge officials and departments to invite collaboration and inclusion and prioritize problem solving to achieve social equity and poverty alleviation. Read the Advocacy Agenda and letters from the CNC Steering Committee on a variety of issues below.
Through the advocacy of the CNC, the Community Benefits Ordinance, passed in December 2015, and enabled the City to administer mitigation funds generated through property development to nonprofits, and create the Community Benefits Stabilization Fund to hold those dollars. The next step was conducting a comprehensive Community Needs Assessment to guide decision making around the investments.
The Community Benefit Funds will be used to support non profit programs and services that directly benefit Cambridge residents and better address residents' unmet needs. The City has appropriated over $7 million to this fund to date through zoning amendments and agreements with developers. Read more about the Community Benefits process and progress to date.