Community Engagement: Strategies for Implementation

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Series is generously sponsored by Vanderbilt University.

Have you ever created a program that you thought was needed in the community, only to experience low participation? Do you keep trying to engage key constituents but can’t get people to turn out or they only show up frustrated after something is announced? Meaningful community engagement can deepen and extent your organizational relationships and help create a more equitable organization. Often the start of community engagement is a one-time town hall, a survey, or a focus group. Yet it is possible to go beyond this to meaningful community engagement that is an ongoing process. So how can you and your organization authentically engage with the community you serve? Join CNM for “Community Engagement: Strategies for Implementation” for a deep dive into this field. We will discuss why community engagement is important and share specific strategies for success.

This workshop is led by David Moore, a facilitator with extensive community engagement experience (as the previous Director of Community Initiatives at The Harwood Institute, partner at Collaborative Communications Group, and other roles). David will incorporate small- and full-group conversations and the session will include plenty of time for interaction and Q&A.

Topics Addressed: community engagement, collective impact, engagement

Course Level: Intermediate

Who should attend:

  • Executive Directors and Program Directors looking for new strategies to implement in their nonprofit or government agency
  • Program Staff and nonprofit professionals who want to improve their community engagement.
  • CNM Members working toward their Collective Impact certificate.

Method of Facilitation: large and small group exercises, presentation, case discussions, strategy design and a practice community engagement conversation.

This work will amplify the impact of nonprofits by helping participants:

  • Get introduced to the variety of definitions and strategies in the field of community participation.
  • Explore tools and strategies for directly engaging community residents.
  • Practice planning for engagement tied to organizational priorities.
  • Learn strategies for facilitating community discussions.

If you are interested in the Collective Impact Certificate:

To enroll in the Collective Impact Certificate, members must enroll in the following courses:


Certificate: CNM Collective Impact:

either Spring (

or Fall (

*Once you are enrolled in the Certificate, CNM will register you for the core classes (Introduction to Collective Impact, Implementing Equity Frameworks, and Community Engagement). Registering for the core classes individually does not put you in the certificate.

Elective (chose two):

Gathering Data Equitably

Crucial Conversations

Systems Change

Building Your Equity Lens


November 18, 2019; 9:00 AM to November 18, 2019; 3:30 AM
End Date
Monday, November 18, 2019
$130.00 for Members; $215.00 for nonmembers; $130.00 for students

Subject Area(s)
Collective Impact
Center for Nonprofit Management
Other Details
Lunch Included


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This workshop is not currently offered at any other times.