More About the Democratizing Development Program


Upcoming National Programming


Strategy in Action Learning Tour: Equitable Revitalization and Regional Power-Building in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania

June 19-21, 2017 | Pittsburgh, PA 

With aligned progressive strength across the organizing community, elected leadership, and philanthropy, Pittsburgh is striving to be a model of equitable revitalization, not another story of displacement, and to use local power to build toward regional and state change. This Pittsburgh Moment offers tough questions and critical lessons to inform the work of NFG’s Democratizing Development Program. NFG, The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh United, the Ford Foundation, and The Colorado Trust hope you will join us in June to explore, deepen, and refine our collective strategies.

Past National Programming


Stabilizing Communities: Advancing Housing Justice Organizing and Policy Strategies in This Political Moment

March 2017 | Webinar

This webinar featured funders and field leaders who are building community-led power to combat displacement and disinvestment in local neighborhoods. Click here to watch the recording and see the slides.

From Sanctuary to Freedom: Cities in Resistance

February 2017 | Webinar

NFG's Democratizing Development Program and Funders for Justice held this webinar in order to help funders learn more about the broad sanctuary city framework. Click here to view the key takeaways, slides, and recording.

In-Person Meeting — 2017 Democratizing Development Program Planning

December 2016 | New York City, New York

The advisory committee and program committee members held a two-day gathering to map out the direction and priorities of the 2017 plan.

Governance, Participatory Budgeting and Grantmaking

October 2016 | Webinar

This webinar examined democratic and participatory models where community stakeholders help decide how public resources should be allocated. Click here for the video recording, the slides, and a recap of the lessons shared. 

Program Committee Meeting

October 2016 | Webinar

This meeting provided an overview of the Democratizing Development Program and updates on programming and content, including the development of our national pooled fund strategy. Click here to view slides from the meeting.

Towards a More Resilient Place: Promising Practice in Place-Based Philanthropy

September 2016 | Aspen, CO

Neighborhood Funders Group and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions hosted a funders' convening on place-based philanthropy. Learn about the Democratizing Development Program's session here.

NFG National Convening — Philanthropic Strategies for People, Place and Power

June 2016 | Oakland, CA

We launched the Democratizing Development Program at NFG's 2016 National Convening with two workshops and a learning tour. Read more about them here.

Game Changing Advancement in Fostering Opportunity: HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule

May 2016 | Webinar

This webinar helped viewers learn more about the AFFH rule and the critical role for philanthropy in fostering its game changing results for low-income people and communities. You can view the video recording and slides from this webinar here