Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation

Location: Innovation 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, 92112 CA

EIN: 33-0683658

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9Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field8Culturally incompetent6Bureaucratic6Difficult to work with4Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues1Friendly

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Jacobs Center For Neighborhood Innovation

Feb 27, 2018

Professional in the field

I work with a grant-making organization that made a grant to JCNI that was to be used for a particular purpose, within a particular time frame, and the funds were to be spent along with JCNI's own money to support a project in SE San Diego. JCNI never used the funds as promised, and the CEO did not return the funds to us for re-granting to another organization. Though there are now a few new board members at JCNI, the CEO that has been acting questionably is still in charge. I'd therefore suggest avoiding entanglements with The Jacobs Center until that changes.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent

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Feb 06, 2018 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

The CEO has a bad reputation locally, in because he has repeatedly downsized, fired community members, and changed his strategy, to the point that nothing good ever happens. He hired some good people a while ago, but they all left or were fired. There was considerable talk of a sexual harassment scandal at this place in which the women involved were all fired and the male involved was promoted to within the president's office.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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Nov 07, 2017 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

End of the day I would say go elsewhere. The new CEO since like 2012 has broken promise after promise. And if anyone ever criticizes him in public, he makes it a personal mission to destroy them and the organization they work with.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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Oct 31, 2017 2

Grant Applicant - applied in 2015

Jacobs has just added some quality people to their board, including people from a religious nonprofit, the YMCA, and a health nonprofit. But I have my doubts that this will turn things around, because just two years ago, the current CEO added great people with great backgrounds and a great track record in education, job training, community outreach, real estate management, accounting, and fundraising. ALL of those people have been fired or left in the past couple years. I think the only way to turn it around is if the new Board members decide to fire the current CEO and try new leadership at the top. Because the guy they have has no one else to fire or blame now. He has to own his track record, and it isn't good.

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Oct 20, 2017 5

Professional in the field

This is an organization with enormous debt, poor judgement, and questionable stability. Things looked promising a few years ago, when Jacobs hired a cadre of top-notch people in all of their director-level positions. But these people were professionals, who told the leadership the truth with great consistency, by all accounts. The current CEO and the JCNI board didn't want to deal with reality--and continue to evade it. There are better, and more stable places to partner.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with

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Oct 19, 2017 1

Grant Applicant - applied in 2014

The original CEO of JCNI had a strong vision to 'engage' the community and use it's input as part of our neighborhood's redevelopment. All of that stalled when the economy died in 2008 and the family blamed the CEO because they bought blighted land at the hight of the market. But in the begining there was a vision for developing things and it had to do with what people said they wanted. The new CEO did a total replanning of the work, and hired a team to do it. He completely redid the planning and neighborhood meetings that had already been done. And then he fired that whole team! Now he has contracted out another planning process that has no actual neighbor input, and fired another team. And now he is saying maybe they will just sell of the land. It is a real mess. The first thing the new CEO did was good. He hired people who were the absolute best at what they do in San Diego. The second thing he did was fire all those people and freak out and stop listening to the communty entirely. That isn't what nonprofit leadership should look like.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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Oct 19, 2017 3

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

I do not see a long term plan at this place. When they started, they built cultural houses on the JCNI property and funded cultural groups to present music and dances and cultural art. They tore the houses down this year. The promises of the past are all broken and the CEO keeps firing his teem. What has happened here?!

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent

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Oct 17, 2017 2

Did not apply

The family running it isn't doing what their parents said it would be and they have instead hurt people including people who lived in the Jacobs buildings and over 100 families that had jobs at the Jacobs Center when the founder set it all up. They could have made a bigger difference if they bot everybody a car to get to a job instead of buying all the land and building a strip mall.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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Oct 13, 2017 4

Professional in the field

Be warned that the senior leadership here is of questionable competence and dubious morals. Although JCNI purchased 50+ acres of blighted land to create a community benefit, the land has sat undeveloped for over a decade, and no actual benefit has accrued to the community. When presented with potential development opportunities that meet the community's criteria (for example a charter school), JCNI does not act--and treats the land bank in a fashion that would be fitting for a for-profit entity. The staff turnover at this place is legendary.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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Oct 11, 2017 3

Grant Applicant - applied in 2017

They never return calls this passed year. They are shady and disrespect the community by not doing what the community wants after taking all those community surveys.

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Inadvertently exerts negative influence in the field, Doesn't "get" nonprofits and issues, Difficult to work with, Culturally incompetent, Bureaucratic

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