BLDG Memphis
1548 Poplar Ave
Memphis TN 38104-2432
Contact Information
Address 1548 Poplar Ave
Memphis , TN 38104 2432
Telephone 901 725-0460
E-mail engage@bldgmemphis.org
Mission Statement

BLDG Memphis supports the revitalization of Memphis neighborhoods through public policy development and advocacy, organizational capacity building, and community education. We accomplish this through:

  • Promoting comprehensive plan-based neighborhood revitalization, especially in the areas of physical, economic, and human capital development;
  • Empowering neighborhood-based organizations through a network of support and assistance;
  • Representing and advocating for the interests of its members and the neighborhoods they represent;
  • Securing resources and building partnerships, to support the work of community development; and
  • Promoting public policies that will reduce the barriers to neighborhood revitalization and improve the quality of life for residents.
Web and Social Media
Community input at the Mobile Porch
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Paul Shaffer AICP
Board Chair Ms. Cassandra Harris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Power Center CDC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Former Names
NameYear
Community Development Council of Greater Memphis2000
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $950,000.00
Projected Expenses $950,000.00
Statements
Mission

BLDG Memphis supports the revitalization of Memphis neighborhoods through public policy development and advocacy, organizational capacity building, and community education. We accomplish this through:

  • Promoting comprehensive plan-based neighborhood revitalization, especially in the areas of physical, economic, and human capital development;
  • Empowering neighborhood-based organizations through a network of support and assistance;
  • Representing and advocating for the interests of its members and the neighborhoods they represent;
  • Securing resources and building partnerships, to support the work of community development; and
  • Promoting public policies that will reduce the barriers to neighborhood revitalization and improve the quality of life for residents.
Background

Local community development corporations formed Community Development Council in the late 1990s, for the purposes of advocacy and peer information sharing. In 2000, the organization became a nonprofit, hired its first staff, and launched its first formal capacity building and public policy programs. 

Livable Memphis was started as a program of CD Council in 2003. In 2008 the first program staff was hired. Through Livable Memphis, CD Council serves the community by providing one of the few venues for engaging community members in decisions about the "built environment" (infrastructure like roads, parks, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, utilities, developments, etc.) that impact their neighborhoods.

In 2017, the organization was renamed BLDG Memphis to unite the two programs under a single name.
 
Impact

BLDG Memphis serves four different types of populations:

  1. We serve 26 member organizations that are working professionally on community development. These partners range from banks, community development corporations, and neighborhood based organizations and social service agencies. The work of our CDC members has served thousands of low income Memphians with affordable rental housing and homeownership, job trainings, and health and social services. Additionally, we serve 197 individuals members who donate to support our work by keeping them informed and engaged in key issues that impact the livability of our neighborhoods.
  2. We provide valuable feedback and persuasive encouragement to government agencies (like City of Memphis, Shelby County, Memphis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, and Tennessee Department of Transportation) through public input on plans and proposing alternatives to status quo. Additionally, we represent the community and our members by attending agency and city council meetings, monitoring decisions regarding transportation and infrastructure investments, and speaking out for the interests of the broader community.
  3. In 2014, we have served the general public in many ways. MEMFix businesses, property owners – Binghampton neighborhood has experienced over $25 million in business and property investments since our MEMFix prototype, New Face for An Old Broad in 2010.  61 high and middle school students in low-income neighborhoods participated in our REAL Places workshop. Over 1,500 donors who found inspiring projects to support through our Creative Placemaking program. We have enlisted over 300 neighborhood leaders who have or are seriously considering an ioby crowd resources project to benefit their neighbors as well as themselves. We have shared our story with over 6,000 participants at conferences, presentations or other speaking engagements.  Nearly 400 participants attended our Pizza with Planners and Summit educational workshops.
  4. Perhaps most significantly, we serve people living in existing neighborhoods. When we curb sprawl, we redirect resources to the places people already live and make those places more livable. Specifically, our works serves vulnerable populations: low income residents with housing needs; a growing cycling community, children, the elderly, persons with disabilities, transit users, low income residents without access to cars who benefit from increased safe opportunities for walking and biking; abandoned neighborhoods and commercial centers with desperate need for reinvestment.

 

Needs

While Memphis has undergone some major positive changes in the past few years, the consequences of urban sprawl continue to plague our communities. The “built environment” – infrastructure like roads, public spaces, parks, commercial districts, neighborhoods, and other public and private investments – has a huge influence on the way we live in our communities. The built environment can be an asset that grows economies, thriving neighborhoods and increases livability. Great places provide safe and pleasant options for housing, jobs, services, schools, transportation and recreation. In the past few years, Memphis has begun to make smart investments in our places – trails, parks, commercial centers, bike lanes, neighborhood reinvestments – but we continue to make the majority of our public investments on continuing the status quo.

Our long history of unfettered sprawl without population growth has left a legacy of blighted neighborhoods, concentrated poverty, dispersed services, stressed public transit, and a vast network of roads that we cannot afford to maintain. Blighted neighborhoods are expensive to maintain, concentrate poverty and violence, and bring down property values. Moreover, there are a number of independent municipalities out outside of Memphis that do not prioritize working toward the common goal of nurturing a strong urban center that can support strong suburban communities.

All of Memphis is in need of a commitment to smart development decisions. Rural, suburban and urban residents alike need choices in housing, jobs, and transit. People need options to “age in place”. Children need safe places to play and recreate. Residents need quality greenspaces and connected neighborhoods to enjoy. Small entrepreneurs and do-it-yourselfers need encouragement and support. Community Development Council works on effective ways overcome these challenges and catalyzes neighborhood revitalization.

Board Chair Statement
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
TN - Shelby County
BLDG Memphis serves neighborhoods and communities in the Greater Memphis area, with a focus on member CDCs, partner organizations, government agencies who need guidance and pressure to do better, businesses, property owners and program participants, and our most vulnerable populations who need support and a voice in decision that impact their livability.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Cassandra Harris
Company Affiliation Power Center CDC
Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2019
Email harris.cassandra@powercentercdc.org
Board Co-Chair
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2015
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Roshun Austin The Works, Inc. CDC
Noah Gray Binghampton Development Corporation
Cassandra Harris The Power Center CDC
Terry Hoff Oasis of Hope
Charia Jackson Frayser CDC
James Nelson The Stone CDC
Nefertiti Orrin Community LIFT
Charlie Santo University of Memphis City and Regional Planning
Lauren Taylor The Hyde Family Foundations
Paige Walkup Caissa Public Strategies
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Legislative
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. John Paul Shaffer AICP
Email johnpaul@bldgmemphis.org
Experience John Paul Shaffer, AICP, executive director, joined BLDG Memphis in 2014 as Livable Memphis program manager. Earlier he was a transportation planner with the Memphis and Shelby County MPO. 
Staff
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 25
Contractors 2
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Dec 2015
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Programs
Description
Representing over 125 neighborhoods, BLDG Memphis promotes the development and redevelopment of healthy, accessible, and economically sustainable communities. We do this by educating citizens, empowering neighborhoods, and advocating for public policies that cultivate and vibrant Memphis. We focus on mitigating urban sprawl, directing reinvestment to existing neighborhoods, and advocating for accessible public and active transportation options.

BLDG serves  the community by providing one of the few venues for engaging community members in decisions about the "built environment" (infrastructure like roads, parks, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, utilities, developments, etc.) that impact their neighborhoods.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $182,000.00
Short Term Success
BLDG Memphis offers a number of recurring and ad-hoc programs, including our longstanding Pizza with Planners series, a new program for citizens and organizations on planning – Planning and Your Community –and the annual Summit. We offer volunteer opportunities and calls to action around planning, policy, and advocacy issues throughout the year.
Long Term Success The overarching goals of this program area are to educate citizens on how planning and development decisions are made, to increase public participation and influence in plan development in areas such as land use and transportation.
Examples of Program Success BLDG Memphis' work around community planning and neighborhood revitalization has included extensive work on the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan, 'tactical urbanism' projects in partnership with the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, and crowd-resourcing projects with ioby (in our back yards).
Description

BLDG Memphis' 'core business' is building the capacity of Memphis CDCs and the community development industry through formal and informal programs, such as:  

· Organizational capacity assessment in five areas – organizational development, business and financial structure, community outreach, housing development and management, and economic development, conducted by independent evaluators and using our proprietary Capacity Assessment Tool (CAT) for Memphis CDCs;

· Customized capacity building plans, based on the results of the CAT;

· One-on-one technical assistance (see below for additional details);

· Peer networking and information sharing;

· Occasional training programs based on need and demand;

· Focused peer groups for CDCs engaged in rental housing development/management, and housing counselors, which meet two to four times per year; and

· Scholarships to attend training workshops and conferences.

Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $175,000.00
Short Term Success Individualized technical assistance is available to both member and nonmember CDCs and covers a broad spectrum of services, such as grant research, introductions to funders and community partners, board education on governance issues, organizational policy review and assistance (e.g. bylaws, conflict of interest, etc.) and much more.

Long Term Success The long-term success of BLDG Memphis' Capacity Building program is measured in the ability of a broader range of community development corporations to successful deliver projects and programs that address housing, economic development, and community engagement. This progress is tracked internally using our Capacity Assessment Tool, as well as benchmarks included in each participating organization's capacity building plans. We also track progress through the Memphis Community Development Industry Report, which is produced in partnership with Community LIFT approximately every three years. Ultimately, our success will be measured by the ability of residents in the neighborhoods served by our members to access healthy housing, transportation, economic and other opportunities. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $950,000.00
Projected Expenses $950,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$488,153$651,731$294,549
Administration Expense$41,603$23,163$26,977
Fundraising Expense$11,744$7,434$8,909
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.901.260.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses90%96%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%1%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$399,089$408,566$239,796
Current Assets$399,089$408,566$239,796
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$50,010$5,454$16,870
Total Net Assets$349,079$403,112$222,926
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities7.9874.9114.21
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitation 2018-19View
Address 1548 Poplar Ave
Memphis , TN 38104 2432
Primary Phone 901 725-0460
Contact Email engage@bldgmemphis.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. John Paul Shaffer AICP
Board Chair Ms. Cassandra Harris
Board Chair Company Affiliation Power Center CDC

 

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