Organizational Development

Alembic Community Development brings to its organizational development work many years of experience with a wide variety of community-based and regional nonprofit, community-development organizations, from start-up entities to established, award-winning housing and service providers. Our staff has served on nonprofit boards of directors, as senior staff at local nonprofits and national housing intermediaries and as executive directors of community development financial institutions. Our work has included:

  • Developing strategic plans;
  • Creating targeted business plans;
  • Capitalizing and creating lending and management protocols for nonprofit loan funds;
  • Assisting in all phases organizational start-up;
  • Designing programs and assessing staffing needs; and,
  • Strengthening internal management systems and board governance.

Selected Projects

One Economy Corporation

Strategic plan for One Global Economy Corporation, an international nonprofit organization that employs innovative technology and media programming to help low-income communities.

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Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development

Program evaluation for the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, a national community development member organization.

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Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC)

Comprehensive organizational assistance to Renaissance Economic Development Corporation (REDC) as it responded to the economic impact of the September 11th attacks.

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Community League of the Heights

The Community League of the Heights

The Community League of the Heights (CLOTH) is a community-based organization in the southern Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan that has provided affordable and supportive housing, educational programming, and social service and other vital community programs to low- and moderate- income community residents since 1952.

Alembic Community Development has worked with CLOTH for almost 15 years over a period of significant growth and change, offering strategic planning services, programming assistance and real estate and financial consulting advice.

Notable achievements of this long partnership have included the development of the Community Health Academy of the Heights (CHAH), a sixth- to twelfth- grade New York City public school that has a strategic partnership with Columbia Medical School and New York Presbyterian Hospital and a focus on community health and careers in medicine; the construction of the Dorothy McGowan Apartments, a 52-unit supportive housing project for low-income community residents, formerly homeless individuals with chronic mental illness and youth aging out of the foster care system; the development of the Lucille Bulger Center for Community Life, a community center that will house CHAH, a primary health care center and new offices for CLOTH; a new five-year strategic plan; extensive board planning; and a revised property management process.