C3 Catalytic Community Cohorts

The Forbes Funds launched their C3 Catalytic Communities initiative on Wednesday, August 19th.

The City of Pittsburgh is home to over 3,100 non-profit organizations, many with overlapping missions that put them in competition for the same resources. Overlaps, fragmentation, and competition for resources puts additional stressors on already struggling communities. Many of these nonprofits serve the communities where they live and work. Neighborhood-based nonprofits know their communities and residents and are often time the best resource for a community.

C3 is a different approach; capitalizing on the individual strengths of a community, TFF hopes to co-design with leaders to tackle their community’s individual challenges and ensure that necessary services and opportunities are reaching residents, all the while growing the skillset of these leaders who live and work within the community. A part of this skillset will include participation in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) and developing community-level scorecards, white papers and briefs.

The Vision:

•Strategic train-the-trainer framework for resilient communities

•Robust partnerships among neighborhood-based nonprofits

•Transferable skills to increase the capacity of residents and leaders


C3 requires nonprofits participating in the program to create and sustain collaborative relationships with fellow groups within their community. Together, these groups share knowledge and work toward collective community goals. Through this peer-to-peer model of community development, C3 increases the capacity of the community at-large. The C3 model naturally creates an ecosystems as community leaders are empowered to identify and implement programs in a way that best serves the demographic they serve.

The yearlong C3 program will engage participating organizations through a range or regular, skills building activities. Recruitment will be based on an individual's ability to commit the necessary time and resources, as well as additional critical outlines below, in order to ensure full impact and successful outcomes.