Neighborhood Transformation That Lasts

We help organizations understand the hidden forces that prevent lasting change in their communities – empowering them to transform their work, so their work can transform their neighborhoods.

Practical and Proven

We’re seeing a revolution in how people think about poverty. What started with one bold idea has resulted in over four decades of on-the-ground results.

We serve those who serve:

Community Development

Translating deeper understanding into lasting impact.

Nonprofits and

Creating more effective programs for those who need it most.


Applying principles of community flourishing across the world.

Unlock Breakthrough Insights With Better Diagnostics.

Why are some communities thriving while others are stuck? A smart strategy starts with an accurate picture of what is happening and where action can make the biggest difference.

Introducing the powerful

Flourishing Neighborhood Index

Seminars & Workshops

Find the right opportunities for you and your team to experience hands-on training on a variety of topics.

Open House

Join people from all over the country for a two-day introduction to our community development model and methodology.


Learn from experienced movement leaders through the eye-opening video courses in our Lupton Center School.

What is a Flourishing Neighborhood?

We often talk about flourishing neighborhoods…but what exactly do we mean? It’s not just a pleasant phrase – our view of flourishing neighborhoods is a well-defined concept that we use to power our mission at Focused Community Strategies. The concept of a flourishing...

Racial Equity is More Than a Priority

Recently, we’ve determined five priorities to guide FCS. Within these priorities, which will help align our work for the year, we determined not to include the idea of racial equity. At first glance, that seems very surprising. However, we’ve made a commitment to view...

Mission and Values: Neighboring and Dignity

At Focused Community Strategies, we’re powered by our core values. They can be stated quickly, but they’re profound when you dig into their deeper meanings. We’ve discussed our core value of development before, but today, we’ll dive into the other values of...

Our Mission and Values: Neighboring and Dignity

At FCS, our mission statement isn’t just a paragraph on our website – it’s infused into everything we do every day. We’ve been thoughtful about the way we’ve constructed our mission statement and core values, and they’re a great way for us to unpack the way we...