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Democratizing Development Program

Video courtesy of Neighborhoods First Fund

Across the country, we are witnessing community residents and institutions organizing deeper together to create a people-powered alternative vision for local development. This vision is not driven by profit, speculation and the influx of new corporate capital, but centered on community needs. At the heart of this shift is local development powered by the leadership and vision of residents who typically are at the margins of the social and political process. This approach to development centralizes decision-making on people and specifically empowers low-income people to have actual decision-making ability to say what development looks like in their neighborhoods and define where and how they want to live.

NFG's Democratizing Development Program (DDP) builds the capacity of philanthropic institutions to support low-income and communities of color who have been oppressed and disadvantaged by historical profit-based and exclusionary development practices. DDP leverages NFG’s network and field leaders to harness innovative solutions that increase and strategically leverage philanthropic resources for more inclusive, community-led and equitable approaches to development.

When philanthropy invests in democratizing development for people, the results will be more equitable policies and programs, increased engagement of more marginalized people in the civic life of their communities, and improvements in the overall well-being of all people and the places in which they live.

For more information about the program, you can download the DDP brochure.

To learn more about the Democratizing Development Program, contact Nile K. Malloy, Senior Program Manager,