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    BUILDING POWERFUL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

    For Minnie Jacoby

    Contents

    Acknowledgments

    About the Exercises

    Introduction (click to read)

    SECTION I: THE INSIDE STORY Towards a Definition of a Community Organization

    Chapter One: What Is Community Organizing, Anyway?

    Community Organizing: Power, Self-Interest, and Relationships

    The Theory Behind Community Organizing

    The Group Provides a Sense of Community

    Who Does It?

    The Organizing Alchemy: A Look At How It All Works

    Chapter Two: Step by Step – Building a Community Organization

    The Basic Steps of Building a Community Organization

    Getting Started

    Chapter Three: Developing a Mission, Goals, and Objectives

    Mission Statements

    Goals and Objectives

    Chapter Four: Structure: How to Build Your Organization to Last

    Structure Matters

    Key Elements of Structure

    Members

    Values and Group Norms

    SECTION II: POWER MEANS MOBILIZING YOUR RESOURCES

    Chapter Five

    Developing Power: Why Recruit?

    The Reason We Organize is to Develop Power

    Why Recruit People to Your Organization?

    Who Should You Recruit?

    Why People Join Organizations

    The Point is to Build Relationships

    Chapter Six: How to Recruit: The Nuts and Bolts

    Listen. Don’t Sell

    Method One: Short Visits, or “Door-knocking”

    Method Two: Longer Visits – The One-on-One

    Recruiting for a Task

    Recruiting to Build a Democratic Organization: It Takes More Than Learning a Rap

    Success Breeds Success

    Chapter Seven: The Way to Develop Power Is to Develop Leaders

    What Do Leaders Do?

    Leaders and Self-Interest

    Opportunities for Middle-Class Activists

    How to Develop Leaders

    The Iron Rule of Organizing

    “Never Do for People What They Can Do for Themselves”

    More On the Iron Rule: Don’t Suck Up All the Responsibility

    Chapter Eight: Mobilizing Resources: Meetings

    Guidelines for Meetings

    Meeting Facilitation

    Chapter Nine: Mobilizing Resources: Raising Money

    Members and Money

    Effective Organizations Organize Money Effectively

    Asking People for Money

    What About Grants?

    SECTION III: MAKING CHANGE

    Chapter Ten: Organizing: Pathway to Change

    Organizing as a Strategy

    Organizing Strategy: The Nuts and Bolts

    Other Strategies for Improving the World

    Assumptions, Effectiveness, and Values of the Strategies

    Real-World Complexities of the Different Strategies

    For Service Organizations That Want to Move Beyond Service

    The Minnie Test

    Chapter Eleven: Taking Action, Solving Problems, Getting Results (click to read)

    Actions: Setting Change In Motion

    Actions Cause Tension; Tension Leads to Change

    Tips for Making Actions Work

    Information Is a Cornerstone of Action

    Action and Learning

    Putting It All Together – From Organizing to Action to Evaluation

    Chapter Twelve: Building Community

    Organizations Are a Two-Way Street

    Organizing and Mutual Assistance

    Powerful Organizations Exercise Heart and Muscle

    SECTION IV: OUR FUTURE:

    Chapter Thirteen: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Looking Outward and Forward

    The Impact of Community Organizations

    New Technologies, New Approaches, New Opportunities

    Coming Full Circle: It Takes an Organization to Raise a Village

    After Word: / Your Turn

    Community Organizing: A Very Annotated Bibliography

    Recommended Reading:

    Other Resources

    Appendix: How to Get Tax-Exempt Status

    Index

    About the Author

    FEEDBACK FORMS

    Adding Your Story

    Quick Book Order Form

    Table of Exercises

    SECTION I: THE INSIDE STORY

    Chapter Two: Step by Step – Building a Community Organization

    Personal Reflection: Vision Exercise

    Finding the Stories that Guide You

    Looking Into Yourself Is the First Step of a Good Leader

    Finding Your Core Beliefs

    Building Your Core Group

    Chapter Three: Developing a Mission, Goals, and Objectives

    Group Exercise: Crafting a Mission Statement

    Chapter Four: Structure: How to Build Your Organization to Last

    Finding Your Structure

    Finding Your Structure, Part 1

    Finding Your Structure, Part 2

    Finding Your Structure, Part 3

    Finding Your Structure, Part 4

    Finding Your Structure, Part 5

    Finding Your Structure, Part 6

    SECTION II: POWER MEANS MOBILIZING YOUR RESOURCES

    Chapter Five: Developing Power: Why Recruit?

    Why Recruit?

    Personal Reasons for Recruiting

    What Led You to Join?

    What’s In It for You?

    Chapter Six: How to Recruit: The Nuts and Bolts

    How to Plan a Visit

    Dividing Tasks

    Chapter Seven: The Way to Develop Power Is to Develop Leaders

    Creating a Leadership Development Plan for Someone In Your Organization

    Questions for the Iron Rule: Look Inside Yourself

    Mobilizing Resources: Meetings

    Chapter Nine: Mobilizing Resources: Raising Money

    Getting Over Your Hang-Up About Asking People for Money

    SECTION III: MAKING CHANGE

    Chapter Ten: Organizing: Pathway to Change

    Personal Reflection on Service and Organizing

    Identifying Real Help

    Chapter Eleven: Taking Action, Solving Problems, Getting Results

    Information as a Source of Power

    Chapter Twelve: Building Community

    Group Exercise: Fostering a Group that Meets Its Members’ Needs

    CASE STUDIES

    Starting an Organization that Makes a Difference

    Crafting Your Goals, Objectives, and Measures

    Critique of a Group’s Goals and Objectives

    The “Structureless” Coalition

    Relationships Keep Groups Together

    Harvard Union of Technical and Clerical Workers

    Dividing Up Tasks So Everyone Can Contribute

    Using Role Play and Critique to Practice Recruiting

    Self-Interest at Work in Leadership Development

    The Archaeology of Organizing: Digging for Stories, Meaning, and Motivation

    One List of Agreements

    Next Step – Knocking On Doors

    Moving Beyond the Doughnuts

    The Tutoring Project

    From the Ground Up – Building An Organization to Solve a Shared Problem

    QUICK TIPS

    How to Run a Focus Group

    Sample Sponsoring Committee Agreement Letter

    How to Coach for Participation – Working Across Class, Education, or Experience Backgrounds

    The Secret to Recruitment

    Membership Cards for New Recruits

    A Flyer to Leave Behind

    Bring Your Notebook

    Use Your Judgment About Time

    Eating and the One-on-One

    A Simple 3 x 5 Card System Works Well

    Follow-Up: Using Your Notes to Strengthen Relationships

    Summary of How to Do a One-on-One Recruiting Visit

    Humor Helps

    Goals

    Physical Layout

    Using Ground Rules to Guide Effective Meetings

    Your Rules Are Better Than Robert’s

    How To Get People There: Provide Good Directions

    A Toolkit for Organizers

    Three Steps for Facilitating Discussion at a Meeting*

    How to Build or Destroy an Organization through Meetings

    Things to Remember for Successful Fundraising

    Guidelines for Asking People for Money

    Checklist for Evaluating an Action