NCCP to sunset in 2021

To Our Dear Friends and Supporters of NCCP,

We know we can speak for so many of us when we say that the past year has been a challenge beyond our wildest imaginations. 2020 left no company exempt from the unusual demands a pandemic places on individuals and organizations. At this time, it is our greatest hope that this letter finds you and those you love in great health and good spirits as we all tackle a truly unique holiday season and forge into a more hopeful 2021.

As a small and fairly young non-profit, this past year has been financially eye-opening for our staff and board. Recent events have prompted a deep dive into a financial work-up on the fiscal health of our small organization. We were prepared for Covid to shift our funding targets, but unfortunately, not to the degree that we have experienced. The board has carefully reviewed projected revenues, analyzed expenses and determined what costs could be eliminated without jeopardizing the quality of service we have been providing through our varied programs. While carefully completing this deep dive, we have determined that current operations aren't feasible. Therefore, after NCCP finishes the Northeast Summit and its series of webinars at the end of March 2021, we will be closing our doors.

While NCCP will not exist in its current capacity, we are happy to announce that the work will continue on. South Arts, which has been our closest partner for the South Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits, will be heading the South Summit we were planning for 2021. We are also in discussion with several potential organizations about the continuation of other programs and hope to announce those details soon.

Since NCCP launched in 2012, our programming has informed, inspired, empowered or supported more than 8,000 people from 48 states and several countries outside the United States. We have introduced many people to the field of creative placemaking. Thanks to many of you, we have also contributed to the field several innovative and thought-provoking programs. They include the Certificate in Creative Placemaking, Creative Placemaking Leadership Summits, Community Coaching, Strategy Labs, the CreativePlace podcast, and Community Coffee Talks.

Our cross-sectoral work that connected professionals from the worlds of arts and culture, community and economic development, education and public affairs has led to new partnerships, projects, programs and policies. We are honored to serve and are blessed to have made so many friends.

We remain so fully grateful to you for the support you have provided throughout our years. The ripple effects of your participation in these programs have been felt all over the US and will continue to reap benefits beyond what we can quantify. Thank you for your commitment to valuing local communities, the arts, and the impact of creative teamwork at both macro and micro levels. We are so lucky to be in a world impacted by your own personal generosity and kindness.

Wishing you all the best this holiday season.

Most Sincerely,

The Staff and Board of NCCP

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Board Chair: Colleen Finnegan Kahl

Founding Director: Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP

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Montclair, NJ 07042


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