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Movement for Community-Led Development

ShiftThePower

Washington, DC   |  https://mcld.org

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Mission

To ShiftThePower so that low-income communities successfully achieve their own visions and goals.

Notes from the nonprofit

MCLD was incubated as a project within The Hunger Project, and began a emerging as an independent global network of National Associations during the year 2023.

Ruling year info

2023

Executive Director and Global Secretary

Gunjan Veda

Main address

2939 Van Ness St NW Apt 548

Washington, DC 20008 USA

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EIN

92-2398648

NTEE code info

International Relief (Q33)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The UN now recognizes that 65% of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal targets can only be met at the community level. Yet in most Majority World ("global south") countries, communities lack the resources, information and autonomy necessary to achieve those targets.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Global Advocacy

We partner with like-minded #ShiftThePower Networks and create spaces for Community-based organizations (CBOs) to engage with funders and help create policies, practices and budgets that support community-led development. We consistently seek to ensure that local voices shape the policies that affect their lives, by ensuring presence of local organizations at key fora.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Global Health Council 2024

Humentum 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Global Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are practitioners and policy makers who subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Global Advocacy

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Voice and Agency for Women, Youth, People with disabilities and All Marginalized Groups. All citizens need local civil society organizations and a policy environment that guarantees their opportunity to participate in decision-making and development.
2.Adequate Community Finance. There must be policies that ensure all communities have a fair share - at least 20% - of public resources for achieving local goals in ways that are transparent, timely and publicly accountable.
3. Good Local Governance. Local governments must be democratically elected, financially autonomous and with skills to fulfill their responsibilities to meet the basic needs of their citizens. Local governments need to work in partnership with active citizens through bottom-up planning, social accountability, and the Right to Information.
4. Quality Public Services. Every community must have affordable, reliable access to quality health care, education, water, sanitation, vocational training, food and nutrition security, natural resource management, public safety and justice preferably through integrated strategies for efficiency and convenience.
5. Resilience. All communities must establish regularized processes for disaster preparedness and risk-reduction developing the skills and awareness to be resilient to climate change and social/political disruptions.
Activities: To catalyze the systemic change required for these goals, MCLD members work together to co-create and share best practices, conduct research and policy analysis, advocate for more people-centred policies, facilitate trainings, build consortiums for larger-scale action and engage with governments in support of achieving national-scale programs.

1 Transform Policy - Global Advocacy:We partner with like-minded #ShiftThePower Networks and create spaces for Community-based organizations (CBOs) to engage with funders and help create policies, practices and budgets that support community-led development. We consistently seek to ensure that local voices shape the policies that affect their lives, by ensuring presence of local organizations at key fora.
2 Enhance the Practice of CLD. We co-create tools to support organizations to become more community-led and locally-led in their work. Our work includes a multi-lingual Participatory CLD Assessment Tool and various trainings on CLD. In Mexico and Kenya weve developed a School for CLD curriculum for both CBOs and local government staff to work together to achieve the SDGs.
3 Funding, Access, Visibility and Support for Majority World (Global South) National Associations. National Associations mobilize transformative collective action to build strong ecosystems for CLD. Examples: information to halt COVID, prevent electoral violence and promote improved nutrition through local superfoods. MCLD US supports them.

4 Collaborative Research: Evidence, Tools, Learning by Doing. Our multi-organizational, multi-country, multi-lingual team of program and MEL professionals develop multi-lingual tools, carry out qualitative and quantitative analysis, and develop guidance and recommendations for implementers, funders, and governments alike.
5 Mutual Capacity Strengthening: In keeping with our asset based approach we leverage the experience and capacities of our members to meet their capacity strengthening goals. Weve curated and facilitated online workshops on specific topics like domestic resource mobilization and network weaving, run a multi-year adapting to COVID-19 series and launched the Unlearning Labs.
6 Strengthen Global Solidarity, particularly among Majority World Networks. Bringing community-led development to scale requires strong, aligned civil society networks speaking with one voice with national governments and their development partners. MCLD has consistently worked to connect the dots to strengthen global solidarity needed for transformative change.

Our global structure is a network of national associations of community-based organizations. Here in the US, our membership are international NGOs with a deep commitment to #ShiftThePower (in terms of resources, control and ownership of development) to local and community-based organizations. Our membership include some of the world's largest and most experienced development agencies, and collective action by our members is facilitated by a small team with long experience working in majority world countries. Our main capability is mobilizing and organizing collective voice and action by civil society, and amplifying the voice of Majority World community leaders.

We began as an informal association of 18 US-based organizations in 2015 and now have more than 2,000 community-based across 30 countries. Our sister associations have carried out successful national campaigns to prevent violence at election time, to protect communities against COVID-19, to improve nutrition by reclaiming nutrition-rich local foods, and other locally-set priorities. We've provided key policy recommendations adapted by USAID, Unicef, the White House and other agencies.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Movement for Community-Led Development

Board of directors
as of 04/04/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr John Coonrod

Sarvodaya USA

Term: 2023 - 2025

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/26/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian/Asian American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.