This article identifies six types of “civic” or “non-programmatic” work that the CCI field, including many participants in the Living Cities network, can undertake in order to carry out a comprehensive neighborhood change agenda. Throughout the article, there is an emphasis that doing this kind of work demands that foundations, intermediaries, and community-based organizations adopt important new roles and practices. Particular focus is on the civic roles that foundations play in order to highlight the increasingly activist and strategic way they are deploying their knowledge, networks, credibility, and political capital to advance community change.
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