The Democratizing Development Program (DDP) brings together place-based and national funders to provide learning, analysis, and mutual support around organizing the field of philanthropy and genuinely partnering with communities to support sustainable development and community power building strategies. Our funders catalyze change through collaboration with community stakeholders, addressing systems of inequity to create long-lasting benefits for low-income individuals and communities of color in neighborhoods — watch an example from Neighborhoods First Fund. Learn more about the Democratizing Development Program here.
DDP is a space where funders further develop their strategies and analysis to take action and partner with other equity-centered funders with the following focus areas:
- Intersectional approaches and strategies that protect, preserve and produce affordable housing solutions that address gentrification and displacement
- Community development and ownership models that allow residents to influence local decisions and create longer-term benefits for themselves
- Embedding equitable solutions for public infrastructure and other systems that can otherwise negatively impact neighborhoods
- Implementation of peer-learning, sharing best practices, and equity-centered grantmaking approaches