Published 6/6/24 By Brenden Watts

Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) play a vital role in enhancing the wellbeing of local communities by addressing social, cultural, and environmental issues from the ground up. If you’re wondering whether your organization qualifies as a CBO, we’ve put together a simple checklist to help you identify how closely aligned you are with the typical characteristics of these impactful entities.

What is a CBO?

A CBO is an organization that operates at the local level, working directly with individuals and families within the community it serves. These organizations are typically nonprofit entities dedicated to improving conditions in areas like health, education, and social welfare.

Checklist: Is My Organization a CBO?

To determine if your organization fits the CBO model, consider the following criteria:


Non-Profit Status: Most CBOs are registered as non-profit entities, focusing on community welfare rather than profit generation.


Local Community Engagement: Effective CBOs are deeply involved in their communities. They maintain active engagements and tailor their initiatives to meet the unique needs of the community members.


Targeted Population: Does your organization focus on specific groups within the community, such as low-income families, minorities, or the elderly?


Person-Centered Approach: CBOs often prioritize the needs and well-being of individuals, ensuring that services and programs are accessible and responsive to each person.


Community Development: Beyond immediate aid, CBOs strive for sustainable community development through education, skills training, and economic empowerment.


Advocacy and Awareness: Raising awareness about issues affecting the community and advocating for change are hallmark activities of CBOs.


Local Funding Sources: While CBOs may receive funding from various sources, strong ties to local funders (like local businesses or government programs) can be a good indicator of community integration.


If you’ve checked most of the boxes above, it’s likely that your organization is operating as a CBO. Recognizing your role can enhance your strategies and engagement activities, and help in seeking appropriate support and partnerships.

How PeerPlace Can Help

At PeerPlace, we are dedicated to empowering care through innovative solutions that enhance the efficiency and impact of CBOs. Whether it’s through data management, reporting, or operational support, our tools are designed to meet the unique needs of community-focused organizations like yours.


Reach out to us to discover how our services can assist you in achieving your goals more effectively, ensuring that your organization continues to thrive and make a significant impact in your community.