What We Do
Community Progress exists to help meet the growing need in America's cities and towns for effective, sustainable solutions to turn vacant, abandoned and problem properties into vibrant places.
The Center for Community Progress is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to building a future in which entrenched, systemic blight no longer exists in America's communities. As a national leader on solutions for vacant, abandoned, and problem properties, Community Progress serves as the leading resource for local, state, and federal policies and best practices that address the full cycle of property revitalization, from blight prevention, through the acquisition and maintenance of problem properties, to their productive reuse.
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Community Progress launched in January 2010, building from the work of a number of the nation's leading vacant property revitalization advocates, including the National Vacant Properties Campaign and the Genesee Institute.
Initial funding to launch Community Progress came from the generous support of the Ford Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, with both continuing annual contributions. We are also grateful for current support from the Oak Foundation, the JP Morgan Chase Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and Bank of America, as well as those who have supported our work in the past, including Enterprise Community Partners, LISC - the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Smart Growth America, Surdna Foundation, Fannie Mae, and the Rockefeller Foundation.