I worked for a major international funder on a multi-site community renewal initiative. I managed on site technical assistance. It was never boring because neighborhood residents were convened to form local governing bodies. My worked coordinated their community change efforts.
Funds were given to local philanthropy and then distributed through the local governing body to implement community change efforts. It was sometimes challenging to facilitate balance between the risk aversion of the local philanthropy and the change oriented zeal of the community residents.
I maintained good relations with all parties and enjoyed seeing participants growing to appreciate the perspectives of others. I continue to be in touch with some of the participants after all of these years.