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Shifting The Lens From Needs To Assets

In recent years, the nonprofit sector has started to see a shift away from the traditional needs-based approach to community problem solving as it moves towards asset-based community building. The needs-based approach begins by identifying communities’ needs and problems. While all communities have their own unique needs and problems that should be acknowledged and addressed, an ongoing focus on problems and deficits may result in widespread negativity throughout the community, which can make it difficult to motivate positive change. Further, this approach reinforces the belief that solutions must come from outside experts and supports a continuing reliance on helping agencies and the progra

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