NNC Forum: community engagement in budgeting

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Tue Oct 25 09:55:54 CDT 2005

From: "Leah Kalinosky" <leah at neighborhoodcoalition.org>

How can nonprofit organizations gain more resources for the issues that are
important to neighborhoods? Attend NNC's October forum program and learn
from other DC-based organizations.

Community Engagement in the Budget Process

Part of the National Neighborhood Coalition Forum Series
October 28, 2005
2:00-4:00 PM
Public Welfare Foundation, 1200 U Street, NW (Metro Station: U Street)

Speakers include Aretha Ferrell-Brown, Director of Neighborhood Action and
Community Empowerment, Executive Office of the Mayor; Angela Jones,
Executive Director of DC Action for Children; and Ed Lazere, Executive
Director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute.

NNC’s July 2005 forum examined challenges facing the District of Columbia,
including the intense pace of housing and economic development in DC and
other urban hot spots, the need for residents to meaningfully engage in
civic life, in particular with development related decision making
processes, and the challenge of making the shortage of affordable rental
housing and other basic needs a public and private sector priority. A
consistent theme at the forum was the long-term benefit of community
organizing and resident empowerment at the neighborhood level.

Our October forum will build on these issues by focusing on a strategy that
strengthens civic participation and influences development policies.
Community participation in the city budget brings neighborhood voices into
decision-making venues. This method of civic participation is effective
because the budget identifies the city’s vision and priorities and the
resources available to address those priorities. Community participation in
the budget process is key in order to ensure government accountability for
investment in city schools, neighborhood infrastructure, employment programs
and affordable housing.

The forum will review key budget issues, how city budget processes work and
ways for organizations to gain access to the process. What language do
organizations and individuals need to be familiar with in order to promote
their issues and participate in the budgetary process? What are key
timelines? How does an organization make their voice heard? How can
nonprofits and the people they serve make an impact on policy makers?

Join us for this important discussion on Friday, October 28 at 2:00 PM at
the Public Welfare Foundation, 1200 U Street, NW.

To RSVP for this event, please email Leah Kalinosky at
leah at neighborhoodcoalition.org.

The Forum Program will be followed by a 30 minute networking session.

We’ve noticed a growing demand at our events to provide more time for
organizations to share information among themselves, in addition to the
information shared between panelists and audience. This month’s forum
program will include 30 minutes of networking, following the program. We
hope to make this a regular feature of our forum program, time permitting.

Leah Kalinosky
National Neighborhood Coalition
1221 Connecticut Ave. NW
2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 429-0790
leah at neighborhoodcoalition.org

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