Capacity Building and Sustainability


Whether you are in the infant stages of forming your organization or are a successful graduate downtown, MDS is committed to integrating our skills and experience to build capacity that aligns with community initiatives, programs, committees, boards and furthers your program.

We have partnered with several communities and organizations to lead, coach and tailor our multi-faceted services to each community’s unique needs by building momentum, advancing the community as well as providing tools for long-term sustainability.

We are currently retained by the Main Street Program in Trinidad as their consultant to build momentum and propel the program. We have successfully recruited, engaged, and trained their Board of Directors; Developed Transformational Strategies and Work Plans and created a signature event moving them several steps closer to Designated Status and long term sustainability. In addition, there are a number of community initiatives and organizations that have emerged from downtown Trinidad including the Trinidad Area Arts Council, Trinidad Arts and Culture Advisory Commission, Main Street, Creative District, some of which have overlapping missions, pool of volunteers and funding. We have utilized the Main Street Transformational Strategy and the City of Trinidad Comprehensive Plan update process to foster relationships, unite community initiatives, volunteer boards and commissions and develop recommendations on organizational structure, funding and decision-making for community-wide recreation, tourism and cultural development.

We also can help you determine the organizational structure that works best for you and your program, create By-laws, Board of Director job descriptions, Budgets and offer fundraising ideas and diversification of funding sources for the community and downtown sustainability.

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