The West Virginia Community Development Hub
2010 Annual Report
(Find the full report here)
A Message from the Executive Director
2010, our second year in existence, has been a year of growth and change for the Hub. The number of community development initiatives, the size of the staff, the extent of the Network, the composition of the Board, and the visibility of the organization across the state have all increased in 2010. And with this growth and change, we have continued to learn about how to make community development in West Virginia more effective. We’ve also learned about the challenges of building the capacity of the Hub itself.
The changes in 2010 resulted largely from the groundwork done by Board and staff in 2009. West Virginia Sustainable Communities, the West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition and HubCAP (the Hub’s Communities of Achievement Program) are all major new initiatives.
In addition, initiatives such as the creation of a statewide nonprofit association; the development of a dilapidated building toolkit; the research on and development of a sustainable tourism initiative; the social media and public relations work being done by the Hub’s VISTA; and the nonprofit capacity building assistance the Hub provides through Standards For Excellence and the MindEdge online nonprofit management training all bring value to communities and organizations in their work to improve our quality of life.
As we work with our communities and service providers, we are learning a great deal. This means our mission, the system of community development we espouse, and the ways we work are evolving.
The Hub’s uniqueness is based on our focused efforts to remain a neutral third party convener, connector, networker, aligner and incubator, and our continued success depends on our ability to retain that neutrality.
One of the challenges we will be wrestling with in 2011 is how initiatives such as WVSC, WVFFC, the statewide nonprofit association, the yet to be developed sustainable tourism initiative and others can find or create sustainable homes that will maintain their effectiveness while allowing the Hub to focus on its neutral intermediary role. With this challenge comes another: how do we sustain the Hub itself if we constantly pass off the successful initiatives that could generate revenue and broaden capacity?
The fact that we are taking on these challenges reveals the level of success the Hub has achieved in the last year. On behalf of the Hub Board and staff, I want to express my appreciation to the community members, service providers, funders, agencies and organizations who make up the WV Community Development Network for your tireless work to improve West Virginia’s communities.
Find the full report here.