Who We Are

The Birth of CBI from Community Building Institute on Vimeo.


We are partners, planners, educators, thinkers and funders. We are here to help you get your community or neighborhood on a path toward sustainable growth and stability. Our team is a diverse group of people from around Cincinnati who bring a wide range of interests and expertise to the table, from community planning and organizing, public policy, and government administration to corporate philanthropy, community relations, services for the disabled and home ownership. 

The Community Building Institute is a partnership of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati, which provides a majority of its funding, and Xavier University, which provides primarily office space and support services, and the availability of its educational resources. 

Since it was established in 1995, CBI has worked successfully in many different communities throughout Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana.