Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Community Technical Assistance Center Inc

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.ctacpittsburgh.org

Mission Statement

As the primary source of guidance for Pittsburgh's community organizations, the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC) maximizes production and accountability for the many varied resources committed to community development in the Pittsburgh region. CTAC strengthens the structure of community organizations and the skills of community leaders through education, professional guidance, financial systems, technical support, an extensive consultant network, and an information center for community development resources.

Main Programs

  1. Community Data Initiative
  2. Community Organizing Initiative
  3. Technical Assistance Initiative
  4. Organizational Development Initiative
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

1982

Principal Officer

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Karen Brean

Keywords

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CTAC, Core Series, Capacity Building, CTECH, Technical Assistance

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EIN

25-1416852

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs

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Program 1

Community Data Initiative

Good data is essential to sound planning, project/program development, and evaluation. It can be used to stimulate meaningful community discussion, and it must be used to challenge community assumptions, affirming or revising those assumptions based upon facts. CTAC's Community Data Initiative (CDI) has three critical components that must all be effective for data to be of value: Collection: must be accurate, cost-effective, and consistent. CTAC achieves this through technological innovation and adaptation. Presentation: must make data accessible, comprehensible, and persuasive. CTAC achieves this through clear maps, matrices, charts, and other graphics. Interpretation: must make data live in the choices community leaders make. CTAC achieves this through analysis of data and facilitation of community discussions.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

25%

Program 2

Community Organizing Initiative

Community organizing is fundamental to community development. Community involvement, community assets, and community support are critical to success. Indeed, community development as a concept is grounded in the response to the ill-fated, top-down revitalization strategies of the Urban Renewal era. CTAC approaches community organizing in accord with these guiding principles: Organizing Produces StrengthCommunity organizations are only as strong as their community connection. Without community involvement and support, CBOs and CDCs are at greater risk when facing challenges and obstacles. Organizing Taps Community WisdomCTAC believes there is wisdom in neighborhoods. Community organizing is necessary to tap the wisdom and bring it to the table for honest consideration. Communities Have a Right to a Say in Their FutureNot only is there wisdom to be tapped, but a right to be honored. The stakeholders of a community are entitled to have a say in the future of that community. Finding Unifying IssuesThe strongest communities have tapped into some unifying force. Historically neighborhoods were united by ethnicity or the rhythm of the local mill. Today communities must find new themes, issues, and concerns that pull most stakeholders together. Volunteerism Strengthens the Social CompactCommunities with high levels of volunteerism and a strong community organization are safer, healthier, and more supportive environments. Volunteerism strengthens the social compact that makes neighbors look out for one another, share a concern for the future of the community's children, and work for positive change. But volunteers must be identified, recruited, nurtured, trained, and encouraged through community organizing.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

35%

Program 3

Technical Assistance Initiative

Technology is constantly evolving and the CTAC staff are on the cutting edge. We pride ourselves on being there when you need us - on call - to tailor our recommendations for an organization based on capacity, skills, needs and requirements.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Budget

25%

Program 4

Organizational Development Initiative

For over 15 years CTAC has offered (free to residents in the City of Pittsburgh) a series of training courses for nonprofit boards and staff on topics ranging from compliance and procedures to financial management and conflict resolution.

Category

Community Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

15%

Service Areas

Self-reported

Pennsylvania

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COMMUNITY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE CENTER INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31

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Community Technical Assistance Center Inc

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Principal Officer

Karen Brean

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Skip Schwab

East Liberty Development, Inc.

Term: Sept 2010 - Aug 2013

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