March 18-20 
Houston, Texas

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  • Members: $300
  • Nonmembers: $375

Through this two-day convening and study tour, participants will examine how human services community-based organizations can reduce the impact of poverty by engaging residents and building upon neighborhoods’ strengths and assets. Explore how to effectively generate opportunity by co-creating with community and engaging all voices.

Experience and learn firsthand how BakerRipley’s appreciative inquiry approach is driving success throughout Houston. As a member of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities' Strategy Counts initiative cohort from 2011-2015, BakerRipley was a key contributor to the Alliance’s Commitments of High-Impact Nonprofit Organizations strategy framework. This convening will highlight how BakerRipley has deployed the Commitments in its approach to reduce the impact of poverty.

Learn from experts, including residents; network with peers from across the country; and leave more knowledgeable and inspired to increase impact at home.   

Who Should Attend

  • Executives 
  • Program directors 
  • Fund development staff 
  • Individuals interested in placed based initiatives and engaging communities to build and strengthen neighborhoods 

Event Program

Appreciative Inquiry at BakerRipley
By engaging key stakeholders and residents in strength-based questioning, appreciative inquiry is an effective strategy for building assets in communities. This session will showcase how BakerRipley has used this approach in East Aldine, Texas, and participants will practice key methods used in the process. Learn and discuss how you can integrate or strengthen appreciative inquiry in your own organization.

Study Tour & Talkback Session
Tour BakerRipley’s East Aldine campus and see notable examples of the positive impact of co-creating with community.

Well-Being in the Nation Measures
The Well-Being in the Nation Measurement framework was designed with community organizations in mind and serves as a "living library" of dozens of common measures that affect community health including high school graduation rates, housing quality, and residential racial segregation. Learn how to use these simple, powerful measures to understand the big picture of our well-being as a nation and dig into the data to see what shapes well-being for different groups in your community. Learn how these measures can assist you in developing new programs based on current trends within the populations you serve. 

Developing Partners in the Work
Philanthropic funders, financial institutions, federal and state agencies, nonprofits, and local community development agencies have, over the past 50 or more years, engaged in a variety of place-based funding initiatives to concentrate investments in specific locations to achieve measurable community revitalization results. This session will feature members who are effectively partnering and enriching neighborhoods through a collaborative approach.

Mobilizing the Community through Policy and Systems Change
One fundamental way to impact systemic change is through community engagement and mobilization. This session will engage participants in real-life examples of key issues affecting communities and discuss strategies to mobilize residents to affect change.

Bringing it All Together: Strengthening Community Assets through a Placed-Based Approach


Wednesday, March 18

5:30-7 p.m.  Networking Dinner (Dutch Style)

Thursday, March 19

8-9 a.m. Shuttle to BakerRipley and Breakfast
9-9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Appreciative Inquiry at BakerRipley
10:30 a.m.-Noon  Study Tour & Talkback Session
Noon-1 p.m.  Lunch
1-3 p.m.  Well-Being in the Nation Measures
3-4:30 p.m.  Developing Partners in the Work
4:30-4:45 p.m. Break
4:45-6 p.m. Mobilizing the Community

Friday, March 20

9-11:30 a.m.   Bringing It All Together

Location and Lodging 

BakerRipley East Aldine Campus
3000 Aldine Mail Route Road
Houston, TX 77039


Holiday Inn Houston-Intercontinental Airport
15222 JFK Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77032

Book your room by Feb. 25 to receive the reduced rate of $82 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes, for March 18-19. Make reservations online, or call the hotel at 281-449-2311 and mention the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to receive the discounted rate.

Complimentary Transportation To-From the Airport
After retrieving your luggage, use the courtesy phone outside baggage claim to call the hotel with your terminal letter. Shuttle service runs every 30 minutes from 12:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m.

Complimentary Breakfast
Upon check-in, guests will receive vouchers for complimentary breakfast at the hotel restaurant, which opens at 6:30 a.m.

Cancellation Policy: All cancellation requests must be made in writing. Conference cancellations are subject to a $100 processing fee. Conference or networking activity cancellations received after March 3, 2020 will not be refunded. Credit toward future Alliance events is not possible at this time. Notice of written cancellation must be emailed directly to Alliance Meetings Department.

Direct questions to the Alliance Meetings Department.