For nearly 50 years, MDC (originally known as "Manpower Development Corp.") has helped organizations and communities close the gaps that separate people from opportunity. An essential part of MDC's philosophy is that the pathway to opportunity is cleared by creating equity—removing the social, financial, and educational barriers that make it harder for those left behind to take advantage of the opportunities America offers. MDC creates programs that employ integrated, sustainable solutions that connect people with the financial supports that can stabilize their lives, the education and training they need to get better jobs, and the industries that will benefit from their labors and improve the entire community.
We do this by first creating a will for change—getting to know a community or organization, connecting leaders across social and political lines, and helping them understand the particular barriers they face. We highlight gaps through historical and statistical research, we identify solutions with a high potential for success, and we mobilize leaders to address the issues raised.
MDC then helps them create demonstration projects using models that have proven effective at removing barriers. We assess the suitability of various solutions for their organization or community, identify the best ones to suit their needs, implement them at demonstration scale, and then evaluate their effectiveness and refine them to work even better.
Finally, we help communities and organizations incubate those solutions so they can become long-term and sustainable—identifying ways to maximize their effectiveness and efficiency, finding the resources to allow them to continue, and nurturing them as they scale-up.
The solutions then can be implemented at scale. Sometimes that means changing policies and the way things are done. Sometimes it means creating new organizations or larger programs. It always includes passing along the knowledge gained to a wide array of leaders so they continue to understand and address those issues and replicate the solutions. Only then can they achieve their full, potential impact—equity and opportunity for all.