| Community Organizing Training
These are training and technical assistance
resources for community organizing groups.
Some link language is taken from the websites.
Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy
Initiative, provides the Resources for
Evaluating Community Organizing (RECO)
compendium, which contains tools,
methodologies, case studies, and theory to
help organizers evaluate their work.
Center for Third World Organizing
Community Mobilization Intensive Workshop,
by Village Earth.
Community Organizers Multiversity, in
the Philippines provides training modules to
help marginalized communities address the
impact of poverty due to the globalization
Community Weaving, attempts to foster a
community of responsible citizens who create
Family Support Networks where they share
their time, gifts, talents and resources
The Dart Center, a research, organizing
and training center for congregation-based
Gather The People Downloadable Content,
focus on faith-based, including Jewish
Grassroots Leadership College, a
training program to help Madison Wisconsin
area residents improve the quality of life
in their neighborhoods and communities.
Organize! Training Center strengthens
democracy by supporting strong,
participatory, democratic organizations
whose principal constituency is people of
low- to middle-income.
The Change Agency, provides access to
resources, research, case studies and
training for effective community action,
focusing on the processes of action,
organising and the learning required to
effect positive social and environmental
The International Institute at Colorado
State University offers online courses in
Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading
Change, an online program at the Harvard
University Kennedy School.
The Midwest Academy, one of the nation's
oldest and best known schools for community
organizations, citizen organizations and
individuals committed to progressive social
Training for Change, offers a wide range
of direct action trainings and training
resources on their web site.
- Special: "How to get started in community
organizing", the results of a
- Special: "Block organizing", the
results of a COMM-ORG Query.
..anyone can: A guide to starting an
environmental group and running an
environmental campaign, by Robin K.
Villiers Brown, published by the Queensland
ACT UP Civil Disobedience Index, with
on-line training materials (adapted from the
War Resisters League), including an on-line
- Dave Beckwith, with Cristina Lopez,
Community Organizing: People Power from the
Grassroots, a COMM-ORG Working
Paper/Training Manual in
Community Collaboration and Public
Participation, by C.R. Pete Petersen.
Compass: A Manual on Human Rights Education
with Young People
The Citizens' Handbook, by Charles
Dobson of the Vancouver Citizens Committee,
may be the most complete organizing guide on
The Civic Practices Network, containing
tools and stories for a variety of forms of
Community Management and Development,
has an extensive collection of training
materials for community organizing and
community development, many with an
- The Community Toolbox
has chapters and chapters of accessible training
Congregational (Faith-based) & Community
Organizing Resources, a collection of
Gather the People.
The Great Game of Power, by Chris
Cavanagh adapted from Augusto Boal's work.
Growing Sense of Place, an Australian
Catchment and Bioregional Organisers
Handbook, by Michael Petter.
Instigate!, an online toolkit for
community mobilization designed especially
for organizing around domestic violence.
LOVELY ACRES--A Community Empowerment
Simulation, by John C. Ruoff.
NOI Toolbox by the New Organizing
Organizing, a superb collection of
training materials on organizing provided by
powercube.net – a resource for
understanding power relations in efforts to
bring about social change.
Road Raging: Top Tips for Wrecking
Roadbuilding, a British organization
with a highly developed organizing manual.
Ruckus Society Training Manuals, with
everything from how to use a video camera to
how to hang yourself from a billboard.
Service and Social Change Tools by the
Building Movement Project are designed to
help build organizational support and
capacity for integrating social change
practices into the work of providing
services in communities.
Starhawk's Resources for Activism Trainers
Strategic Questioning: an approach to
creating personal and social change, by
Fran Peavey and edited by Vivian Hutchinson.
Tools For Organizing, by Citizen Works.
Understanding Activism, by Cameron
Virginia Organizing -- Toolbox, full of
Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy
Initiative maintains a catalogue of
Resources for Evaluating Community
Organizing and links to the resources on its
The Association for the Study and
Development of Community, a research and
development organization for community
capacity building and social problem
Center for Community Change, helps low
income people build their own organizations,
developing the power and capacity to change
their communities and influence vital
The Center for Labor Research and Education,
at the University of California at Berkeley
Institute of Industrial Relations, produces
educational programs, publications, research
and materials on issues that are relevant to
organized labor and the workforce.
- The Cetner
for Neighborhood Technology, publishes
Neighborhood Works and works to promote
public policies, new resources and
accountable authority which supports
sustainable, just and vital urban
Center for Popular Democracy is a
high-impact national organization that
builds organizing power to transform the
local and state policy landscape through
deep, long-term partnerships with leading
community-based organizing groups
Chardon Press: Resources for Social Change,
a nice book collection and a fundraising IQ
- The Center
for Health, Environment, and Justice,
trains and assists local people to fight for
Justice, become empowered and protect their
communities from environmental threats and
build strong locally controlled communities.
- The Civic
Practices Network, containing tools and
stories for a variety of forms of community
organizing and development.
Community Connections, U.S. Department
of Housing & Urban Development Office of
Planning and Development.
Community Trust Institute, exists to
help communities cope with change more
effectively. Their newsletter covers issues
of community, politics and spirituality and
serves activists and those in public life.
The DataCenter, an independent
non-profit research center providing
information to activists working for
progressive social change.
EarthDreams, where environmental
organizations come to grow.
Environmental Community Action, Inc.,
provides organizing assistance and training
to Georgia communities confronting
environmental health threats.
Gather The People, a nonprofit training
and education resource for Jewish
congregational community organizing with
on-line and Adobe training materials.
Gavin Perryman and Associates, free
materials on organizational development.
Grassroots Leadership, helps build the
infrastructure for a progressive Southern
movement, including the leaders, organizers,
organizations, networks and coalitions that
will make long-term positive change
Help Filling Out Your 501(c)(3) Application,
with over 50 pages of information for
prospective nonprofit organizations on how
to complete form 1023.
there may be no institution more important
to community organizing than the famous
Highlander Center. Their site contains
information and on-line resources.
Human Rights Tools, links to 300+
carefully selected resources.
idealist.org, searchable lists of
services, resources, organizations, jobs,
events, and much more.
Illinois Coalition for Community Services,
assists communities in creating indigenous
grassroots organizations to identify needs,
assess strengths and organize volunteers.
a free guided on-line workspace to do
everything from a strategic plan to an
evaluation, and will help you along the way.
The Institute for Community Peace (ICP)
is a national organization that transforms
community by changing the structures that
cause social problems.
Milwaukee Associates in Urban Development,
provide a large set of links, perhaps most
helpful are those pointing to ways for
nonprofits to use the Internet.
a global aid organization that matches
Online volunteers with local communities in
need of information and help.
Community Reinvestment Coalition, a
large number of resources for fighting
discriminatory banking practices.
National Training and Information Center,
conducts training programs, provides
technical assistance, and conducts research
to build grassroots leadership and
strengthen neighborhoods through issue-based
Neighborhoods Online, provides resources
for neighborhood communities dealing with a
wide range of issues.
- National Organizer's Alliance provides mentoring and support for community organizers.
NetAction, an attempt to show how the
Internet can support grass-roots activism,
with a great deal of information resources.
Nonviolence Web, a site with extensive
resources for peace and nonviolence groups.
Watch, a nonprofit research,
educational, and advocacy organization that
focuses on budget issues, regulatory policy,
nonprofit advocacy, access to government
information, and activities at the Office of
Management and Budget.
Pesticide Watch and Pesticide Watch
Education Fund, providing California
communities with the tools they need to
protect themselves and the environment from
the hazards of pesticides.
Institute Center for Community and
Environmental Development, oldest
university-based advocacy planning
organization in the United States. Includes
programs of Technical Assistance (including
planning & architectural services), Training
and Education, and Public Policy Analysis
TenentNet, mix of advocacy and
technical/historical information on housing
and rent regulation in New York and