Key organisation in community development to close

The long-established Community Development Foundation has announced that it is to close in 2016.

The CDF news item says

While the organisation could continue trading until beyond 2018, trustees and the senior team at CDF have decided unanimously that the best way to keep the flag flying for community development is to transfer all assets (reserves, intellectual property and, possibly, programmes and products) to another organisation or organisations better positioned to achieve its charitable objectives in the long term.

CDF’s chief executive said

“The operating environment has changed radically and we are convinced we must act now from a position of strength.  We will fulfil our contractual obligations until March 2016.  Some staff will stay on until the end of April 2016 to finalise these and to deliver a well-managed closure.”

CDF is “the leading national organisation in community development and engagement (which is) passionate about empowering communities where local people are at the centre of change.”