Why Should You Support CNT?

CNT relies on the support of people like you. Support CNT’s community development work today—and double your impact, as new and increased gifts made today until the end of 2016 will be matched by an anonymous donor, up to $10,000.

In the United States, over 80% of the population lives in urban areas. More people are choosing an urban lifestyle—living close to jobs, biking to work, and walking to recreation and local businesses. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) knows these communities must be resilient to climate change and grow economically, and that everyone can share in these benefits. Will you join this effort by making a gift to CNT today?

CNT is working to ensure CLIMATE RESILIENCE, illuminating the threat of increasing stormwater and the flooding it creates. CNT’s RainReadySM program works directly in communities, engaging residents to take local action that makes a difference. We promote solutions like rain gardens to catch increasingly severe rain where it falls—rather than overburdening combined sewer systems that then back up into homes and businesses, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. In an era where America faces a stunning infrastructure crises, the American Society of Civil Engineers named RainReady a “gamechanger” that demonstrates the vast potential that innovative flood planning can provide to the public safety of a community.

“We had this rain garden put in, and we used to get a lot of seepage all throughout the basement, a lot of standing water—since we’ve had this in, we haven’t really had any of that. It’s been really good. WE HAVEN’T HAD ANY OF THE OTHER PROBLEMS WE USED TO HAVE.
- Dejan Bajic, RainReady Home Client, Chicago

CNT is providing critical URBAN ANALYTICS that point out direct public benefits of transit throughout the country, and is training community nonprofits in Chicago on leveraging equitable transit-oriented development as an economic driver. More affordable housing near transit means more walkable neighborhoods, increased mobility for elders, and more activity for local businesses. In a time when inequity and climate change is at the top of people’s minds, CNT research showed California that affordable housing near transit also means lowered greenhouse gas emissions, unlocking millions of dollars to support housing within transit access of jobs.

“By demonstrating the CLEAR RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN LOWER-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS LIVING NEAR TRANSIT AND LOWER VEHICLE MILES TRAVELED... the state of California now recognizes that creating and preserving affordable homes near transit must be a priority in our state’s investment strategy, not an afterthought.”
- Matt Schwartz,
president of the California Housing Partnership Corporation

CNT’s work on EcoDistricts—linking energy, transportation, water, and land use in an integrated, efficient resource system—and the bold new Urban Opportunity Agenda, which shows poverty can be reduced in ten US cities by 25% or more through a set of expense reductions, targeted job creation, and smart public and private investments—is providing a 21st century blueprint for ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. CNT’s work nationwide is reacting to the not-so-hidden fact that expenses are rising faster than income for millions of Americans.

CNT needs your support today to make this all happen. We can’t do it alone. With your help, CNT can continue to find straightforward, practical approaches backed by solid analytics that make our cities stronger. Will you make a gift today?


Scott Bernstein
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer


Erin Grossi
Chief Executive Officer