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OCDCA releases 2017 annual report

Group photo after the Friday morning Member Awards Breakfast at the 2017 OCDCA Annual Conference in Toledo, October 5-6.

The Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) is a statewide membership organization that fosters vibrant neighborhoods and improves the quality of life in all communities through advocacy and capacity building of our member agencies.

OCDCA has just released its 2017 Annual Report.

Special thanks to our members, partners, sponsors, and funders for supporting us through 2017.

You can read the annual report on our website. While there, you can subscribe to receive our newsletters to learn about these things first and consider a donation to strengthen the work of the OCDCA network.

We look forward to continuing our work with all partners, funders, and members. We had a great year and are looking forward to an even better 2018!




Do you need funding support for your programs?

Are you looking for ways to bolster your existing programs or find funding for new ones?

There are many ways Ohio CDC Association may be able to help. Do you know them all?

Empowering Communities – Innovation Funding to Combat the Social Determinants of Health
In late February 2018, OCDCA and the CareSource Foundation will release the Empowering Communities RFP. Empowering Communities is a project that provides a mechanism for funding new and innovative solutions to unique community challenges that involve the social determinants of health. This innovation funding is available to OCDCA members. Look for the RFP release in just a few weeks.

Social Enterprise Incubation Program
The Social Enterprise Incubation Program (SEIP) is an intensive four phase program consisting of rigorous training and tailored technical assistance for OCDCA members while they create their own social enterprise. This program culminates in a structured “shark tank” where the participating CDCs gain access to startup capital. More information about this technical assistance and funding program will be available in the coming months.

AmeriCorps VISTA
The Ohio CDC Association VISTA Project, created in 1995 as a partnership between the Ohio CDC Association and the Corporation for National and Community Service, places VISTA Members every June or July at OCDCA member organizations throughout the state. VISTA Members are full-time volunteers that serve at a non-profit organization and focus their efforts on building organizational, administrative, and financial capacity for organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, strengthen community groups, and otherwise assist low-income communities. OCDCA members pay only $1,600 broken into quarterly installments for this full-time AmeriCorps member. Additionally, OCDCA operates a VISTA Summer Associate program. Both RFPs for 2018 have passed, but will open again in December 2018.

Ohio Microbusiness Development Program
The purpose of the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program is to provide funding for OCDCA members to further develop a local delivery system that encourages microbusiness development, provides low- and moderate-income households with access to capital for business development and self-employment, and creates and retains long-term jobs in the private sector. The RFP for this program opens in the fall.

Funding Opps
Each month, OCDCA members receive a lengthy newsletter called Funding Opps, which lists countless funding opportunities for Ohio community development organizations, separated into the buckets of affordable housing; food access; community engagement; community economic development; and financial empowerment.

All of these programs are available on a competitive basis to OCDCA members. Joining is simple and can happen at any time. All new member dues are 50% off for the first year – no matter when they join, just use code NM2018.

For more information about membership, please contact Melissa Miller, Associate Director, at or (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.


10 reasons why you should become a member

Do you enjoy receiving Ohio CDC Association’s monthly newsletter What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development which features state and federal policy updates, funding and employment opportunities, and a bevy of training events?

Well then, here are ten other things you would enjoy even more by being a member of the Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA):

1. We help explain what you do

What is community development? Great question. Are you a CDC? Possibly. Do you do community development? It’s likely.

We help explain the answers to these questions and describe a broad view of comprehensive community development. We provide branding assistance and supplementary marketing materials, including a comprehensive Public Relations Toolkit. For a look at our starting point, please see our videos, “If We Can, So Can You.” We help create a unified voice for the variety of neighborhood revitalization and community development efforts in Ohio.

2. Advocacy gets easier for you

This will be of huge importance for the foreseeable future.

We work in coalitions to make it easier and stronger. On a state level, we helped form the Home Matters to Ohio campaign to push affordable housing to the top of the priority list, and have advocated for more or equal funding for nonprofit community developers for years.

We utilize our downtown Columbus presence to talk to policy makers on behalf of two-hundred plus organizations along with our partners.

Nationally, we work to stay at the table, creating flyers demonstrating the value of CDBG and HOME that our members can use. We organize Capitol Hill visits for national conferences, empowering our members to tell the stories of their communities.

Join this strong voice so your concerns are heard. Many are louder than one.

3. Free Money!

Over $37,200 in scholarships to non-OCDCA community development trainings were already offered in 2017 so far, including the National Development Council Academy and the People and Places Community Conference in DC. Even if your organization just received one scholarship to a conference, the OCDCA membership would pay for itself.

4. Opportunities to network with other CDCs and peers

Networking is integral in all of our trainings, workshops, and our conference. But, more importantly, we love connecting experts from around the state to help out those organizations in need. Who better to learn from than other practitioners?

5. Quality, affordable trainings in a variety of subjects offered year-round

Yeah, a lot of these trainings are free for everybody, but that’s just because we want to share the knowledge. On that note, we love collaborating with other orgs on trainings, most recently Greater Ohio Policy Center and Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. OCDCA members also receive a discounted OANO membership, which means further training discounts. For any of our trainings that do require a fee, members have discounted rates. To find out what’s coming up next, click here!

6. Members-only funding announcements

Did you ever want to be part of a secret club? Now you can be. We tirelessly scour all the sources for the best, most relevant funding opportunities applicable to any member to disseminate through our monthly newsletter: Funding Opps. For a sample copy, please email Lisa Much, lmuch AT

7. Technical assistance in pretty much anything!

Microbusiness development, financial education, housing, economic development, rural development, fund development, marketing, starting or expanding a CDC, etc. Just ask! If we don’t know, we can help you get the answer! (Unless, of course, it’s malfunctioning office equipment).

8. Access to the AmeriCorps VISTA, IDA, and Microbusiness Development programs

With technical assistance and training, of course. Some of these programs even feature members’ only sections on our website and periodic network calls or summits to share best practices or get your questions answered.

In the last year alone, OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTAs recruited more than 900 community volunteers, who completed over 2,000 hours of volunteer service; organized or attended over 250 community events to support their organization’s services; and raised over $700,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. How can they bolster your community?

9. New programs on the horizon – community empowerment initiative

Ever on the lookout for more ways to serve our members, we’ve created the Community Empowerment Initiative, slated to launch Q1 of 2018, to bolster our members in a comprehensive way. Stay tuned for more information!

10. Ohio CDC Association annual conference discount

“The CDC conference is always one of the best of the year,” a long-time, returning attendee remarked after the 2014 Dayton conference.

Now on its 33rd year, the OCDCA conference takes pride in changing the host city each year. Featuring diverse workshops, ample networking time, at least four local tours, expert featured speakers, and award ceremonies, the CDC conference promotes idea sharing and collaboration for all people working to improve communities throughout Ohio. Plus, there are, of course, usually scholarships for young professionals and other members to attend.

Have we convinced you yet? If you are still unsure about the value of an OCDCA membership, check out the other benefits here.

Member dues are 50% off the rest of the year. Become a member now with code “10REASONS” and you will be entered into a raffle to win a free OCDCA Annual Conference registration in Toledo, under the theme Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity, October 5-6, 2017 at the newly renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.

For more membership questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.

We’re here for you. We envision the creation of a community development environment that comprehensively improves life opportunities for all Ohioans and believe you are doing that. Let’s work together.