More About the Democratizing Development Program


Upcoming National Programming


Register Now: Funder Webinar on Governance, Participatory Budgeting and Grantmaking

October 26, 2016, 11am PST / Noon MST / 1pm CST / 2pm EST (90 mins)

The webinar will examine democratic and participatory models where community stakeholders help decide where public resources should be allocated.  We will explore different ways participatory resource sharing can deepen democracy, build stronger communities, build trust, and examine equitable and effective ways funders and community partners can work together. Speakers include: Josh Lerner, Executive Director of Participatory Budgeting Project; Tyler Nickerson, Director of Investments and State Strategy at The Solutions Project; and Matthew Hart, Founder and Principle, Lafayette Practice. Click here to RSVP.

Online 2017 Program Planning Survey

Deadline: October 28, 2016

As we plan for 2017, we would love your input for the direction of the program. Please complete the Democratizing Development 2017 Program Planning Survey here.

Webinar: Post-Election Equity, Economy and People Discussion: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

November 30, 2016 (tentative) | Webinar

Speakers will discuss the current national trends, and strategies that we will need to deploy under the new political environment.  They will also provide perspectives on how to move an equity agenda that is bold, reflective and action-oriented.   

In-Person Meeting: Democratizing Development Advancement Planning

December 1, 2016 | Oakland, CA

The advisory committee and program committee members will hold a day-long gathering to map out the direction and priorities of the 2017 plan. We welcome colleagues who would like to engage more deeply in shaping this program.

Spring 2017 Learning Tour

Dates TBD | Pittsburgh, PA 

In the spring of 2017, we have tentative plans to do a Learning Tour in Pittsburgh, PA, with the Heinz Endowments Foundation, City of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh United—a coalition of community, labor, faith, and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that works for all people. The focus of the tour would be on strategic community and government approaches to economic inclusivity, equitable development, housing equity, and performance metrics and measures to improve the decision-making process for public resources. We will be sharing additional information about the learning tour by the end of the year.

Past National Programming


Program Committee Meeting

October 6, 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 19-21, 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 14 - 16, 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.

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

May 4, 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