SFHA Case Studies
SFHA Case Study Presentation 2013 -- Citizen-Led Community Development
The Coady International Institute
St. Francis Xavier University
Nova Scotia, Canada
SANDHILLS FAMILY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION PRESENTS ITS CASE STUDY AT THE NORTH AMERICAN FORUM IN NOVA SCOTIA
The Sandhills Family Heritage Association was invited to present a case study of its community work at a forum, entitled Citizen-Led Sustainable Change: Innovations in North American Community Development. The forum took place on June 23-26, 2013 at the St. Francis Xavier University and the Coady International Institute, Antigonish, Nova Scotia Canada.
The SFHA 3-member team joined with over 150 community development practitioners, policymakers, researchers and funders from the U.S. and Canada to share insights and present case studies of citizen-led and community-driven development. They were on campus to learn from one another’s experiences and build a collective platform to continue the conversation and increase its impact in their communities.
The Sandhills Case Study focused on using local history, culture, and natural environment to generate income that will support and sustain the organization and people in the community over time. SFHA is reshaping Sandhills community relation- ships through collaborations and new partnerships that improve the quality of life and protect family land, local livelihoods and cultural heritage.
The SFHA’s holistic asset-based approach to sustainable community development will be one of five case studies in the United States to be included in a publication with lessons learned from best practices.
The book will be an educational tool for community development leaders who train at the Coady International Institute and will also be available on the Internet and through targeting key North American and International organizations and community leaders. Publication is expected to be complete by February 2014.
Emerging in the Sandhills region of North Carolina is the Sandhills Family Heritage Association (SFHA), a nonprofit organization that provides a citizen-led asset-based approach to address social, economic, environmental and cultural challenges in small limited resource communities.
The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program supports low-wealth communities by helping them develop the skills, knowledge and relationships locally and throughout the state to advocate for sustainable economic development, social justice, and environmental stewardship.
The Coady International Institute is a world-renowned center of excellence in community-based development and leadership education. The Institute is committed to reducing poverty and transforming societies by strengthening local economies, building resilient communities, and promoting social accountability and good governance. The Institute’s network includes thousands of graduates and partners working in 130 countries .Click here to LINK TO SFHA CASE STUDY WEBINAR .
CITIZEN-LED SYSTEM CHANGE: 2013 THE CASE OF SANDHILLS FAMILY HERITAGE ASSOCIATION
Case study writer: Yogesh Ghore Presenters: Yogesh Ghore, Ammie Jenkins, Cynthia Brown Facilitator: Barbara Wyckoff
The most exciting aspects of the case study:
SFHA’s commitment to “reclaiming the past” and rebuilding a culture of self-sufficiency based on responsible land stewardship.
SFHA’s focus on upholding cultural identity as key to the development of resilient communities.
SFHA’s work provides an inspiring example of “culture-based philanthropy” rooted in the local tradition of giving back: “Here, if you see your neighbor hungry, you feed your neighbor. There is no such thing as people starving or wanting food because what I don’t have, you have. It was inherent in [our] culture that you help your neighbor; it was a given” (Ammie Jenkins)
SFHA’s use of political capital to “rewire” the attitudes of both military and civil authorities regarding African American heritage.
The key factors that contributed to the success of SFHA:
Self-driven and local leadership: Most of SFHA’s achievements have much to do with Ammie Jenkins’s leadership prowess. Further, she has identified and nurtured self-driven leaders at the grassroots level through provision of training and mentorship in areas such as community organizing, asset mapping, communications, and conflict resolution.
Reliance on Sankofa principle: Reaching back and gathering the best of what our past has to teach us in order to move forward.
Adherence to the “starting small/keeping it simple” approach has helped SFHA attain credibility and support among local citizens.
SFHA leaders are committed to initiatives that resonate with people of all ages.
SFHA leaders have built effective working relationships and partnerships with state and local government agencies, military authorities, churches, businesses, universities and colleges, and various non-profit organizations.
Developing a deliberate succession strategy to ensure that there is no leadership vacuum after SFHA’s founder and key figure Ammie Jenkins steps down .
While SFHA adheres to the culture of giving (“culture-based philanthropy”), and most of its previous work has been accomplished by volunteers and through partnerships, increased demand for its pro- grams and services entails the need for professional staff and, therefore, the need to secure financial and other resources — in amounts that may far surpass those it is used to managing. Click here to Link to SFHA Case Study
CREATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: 2008 In partnership with Department of Epidemiology School of Public Health at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Residents of Spring Lake, NC ranging in age from under 20 to over 60, participated in a project during the summer of 2008 to learn more about important public health issues that are especially prevalent in African American communities. Diabetes was chosen as a focus, since 12% of African Americans have diagnosed diabetes and even more are undiagnosed.
The purpose of the summer project was to bring community members together to learn about health issues in the context of other important community values, such as economic self-sufficiency, preservation of cultural heritage, and environmental stewardship.
This case study examines how policy sciences framework can be used to better understand the social and political context surrounding planning healthy environments. The study was presented by Dr. Semra Aytur, PHD, MPH at the Annual Institute, Society of Policy Scientists in Boulder, Colorado October 2008.
COMMUNITY ASSET MAPPING CASE STUDY – In partnership with The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program
Presented at the Land Trust Alliance Rally -2007. The study addresses the challenges of living next door to a military base, loss of African American land ownership, and loss of cultural heritage. An asset mapping technique was used as a community development tool to record the natural, cultural and historical resources. http://people.tamu.edu/~j-packard/cases/NA06SFHA_Sager.pdf
TRANSFORMING PHILANTHROPY CASE STUDY – 2005 In partnership with the National Community Development Institute, Oakland, California and Project Research Team from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The study looks at cultural-based giving in African American Communities of the Sandhills and how organizations and communities practice philanthropy. The purpose of Transforming Philanthropy in Communities of Color is to explore and promote new ideas regarding philanthropy in communities of color and to support positive institutional transformations for social change.
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