Survey: Partners for Livable Communities, Inc.

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
Before 1950
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Community Development Organization
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
Over $1,000,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Partners for Livable Communities is a national, nonprofit organization working to restore and renew our communities. Partners has over twenty-five years of experience in solving community problems by providing information, leadership and guidance that help communities help themselves. We welcome the opportunity to bring our experience to your community.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
On a January day more than twenty years ago, a group of people meeting at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) had an idea. Asked by Nancy Hanks, chairperson of the NEA, to consider how they could help communities by sharing information and working together, their conclusion was to form a consortium concerned with livability and the built environment. That consortium, called Partners for Livable Places, became officially incorporated in August 1977. Partners initially focused on design and culture as resources for livability. Two years later, Partners launched a program to document the economic value of design and cultural amenities. The Economics of Amenity program illustrated how amenities and the quality of life in a community are linked to economic development and job creation. Through conferences like the 1981 Arts Edge Conference in Pittsburgh and publications on various aspects of design and amenity of cities, Partners emerged as a national resource on the economic value of using amenities for community development. Cities were changing, and livability involved more than open spaces and concert halls. It involved managing the social and physical changes that affect every community. In response, Partners launched three new programs: Cities in Transition, The New Civics, and Celebrate the American Community. During the early 1990s, Partners continued to broaden its definition of livability. The Shaping Growth in American program added a human dimension that involved social equity, children and families, minorities and the poor. One of the lessons of Shaping Growth has been that people, jobs, place, leadership and finance are what make up the agenda for American communities. The 1990’s also brought a new name -- Partners for Livable Communities -- and the redefinition of Partners’ Resource Center as the National Center for Community Action. Underlying both is Partners’ firm belief that social equity and human potential are the most important elements of a livable community. As the dynamics of American communities evolve, organizations that work to make communities more livable must also evolve. To meet the emerging challenges that face communities in the 21st century, Partners’ program development and organizational policies were redefined to emphasize broad and equitable citizen participation. Redefining rather than reinventing organizational goals allowed Partners to continue to apply its traditional strength as a civic improvement resource.
Website Link to Organization's History / Organization Overview:
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, Partners for Livable Communities has embraced a range of quality of life concerns through a broaden definition of livability and has undertaken multi-year national initiatives to implement this goal. The national initiative programs involve the participation of cities, counties and states as community laboratories, providing technical assistance and networking services to the communities and giving Partners insight and information to shape its ongoing programs and services. Three of our current national initiatives are: The Creative City, Culture Builds Communities and Aging in Place. In past years, Partners’ multi-year national programs included: The Economics of Amenity, Shaping Growth in American Communities and Community Futures.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Robert McNulty
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
Fiscal endangerment of organization
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
Our archive is already in place
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
Not Applicable
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Not Applicable
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
Where are these locations? [I.E. Home / Office of Private Individual(s) (i.e. Former Board, Staff, Funders, etc)]
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10b.
10b. Are there conditions of access for scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
Other Audio Recordings (i.e. records, etc.)
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Programs of Events
Publication or Merchandise Catalogues
Other Printed Publications
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
File Cabinets
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Not Applicable
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
21 - 30
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I don’t know
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16c. Electronic Based:: 
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
General Staff
Part 16 / Database
16d. What type of database software is in use?: 
Microsoft Access
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
Electronic (Database, etc.)
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
Not Applicable
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 23.
23e. Not Applicable: 
Not Applicable
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Partners for Livable Communities
Who executed this survey.: 
Irene Garnett
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: